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Configuring remote backups for WordPress

If your Wordpress web site is configured properly, it is possible to remotely manage backups right from the Watchful dashboard. 

This is particularly useful when, for example, you want to install WordPress updates since we advise that you always perform a backup before making any changes to your site.

In addition, Watchful allows you to trigger remote backups each day, week or month. Again, this is highly recommended for all web sites that have moved to production status.

Watchful backups are powered by Akeeba Backup for WordPress. Complete the following steps to configure your WordPress site for remote backups and enable remote backup management in the Watchful dashboard.

Note: Before proceeding, ensure that the Watchful client has been installed on your site.

Part A — Install Akeeba Backup for WordPress

Note: The instructions below for installing and configuring the Akeeba Backup plugin are not meant to be comprehensive. If you are confused or run into trouble, please first consult the official documentation akeebabackup.com.

1. Download Akeeba Backup directly from the developer's website. The Core/free version is sufficient, but the PRO version has some excellent features such as offsite backup storage that we strongly recommend (compare versions).

2. Log in to the administrative backend of your WordPress web site and install Akeeba Backup using the plugin uploader. This can be found by navigating to the Plugins > Add New area and selecting the Upload Plugin button at the top of the page.

3. When the install is complete, activate the plugin using the button at the bottom of the post-installation screen.

4. Select Akeeba Backup from the side menu and then scroll to the very bottom and click the System Configuration button. 

5. On the System Configuration page, select the Public API tab.

6. Switch the Enable front-end and remote backup toggle to the On position.

7. In the secret word field, enter a complex string of characters using a complex combination of numbers and letters (avoid special characters).

Note: Do not confuse the Akeeba secret word with the Watchful Secret Key.

8. Click the Save and Close button at the top to save your changes.

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9. After saving changes to the System Configuration, you will now be returned to the main Abeeba Backup area. Select the Backup Now button to perform and test the backup process. Do not proceed until you can successfully create a backup for your site. 

Part B — Configure Watchful.li 

10. Log in to your account at Watchful.li and view your Dashboard. Find the site you want to edit click and click the site name to open the drawer and reveal the Tools and Insights area.

11.  In the Tools area, click the Edit button (shown in blue in the screenshot below) corresponding to the site you configured above for remote backups. This opens the Site Edit dialog.

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12. In the Akeeba Backup's Secret word field, enter the secret word you configured above on your website.

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13. If you have multiple Akeeba Backup Profiles, select the desired one from the drop-down list. 

14. Configure the Task scheduler for daily, weekly or monthly backups. If you choose a weekly schedule, you can select specific days to backup. 

14. Complete the process by selecting the Save & Close button at the bottom of the Site Edit dialog. This returns you to the open drawer for the site. 

15. In the tools section, test the remote backup process by selecting the Start Backup button (shown in blue in the screenshot below) in the site drawer. You may also view the existing backups by selecting the Backups link in the Insights area (also shown in blue below). 

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