Creating and Restoring Back-ups in WPEngine

Creating temporary and permanent back-ups and Restoring back-ups of previous versions of websites hosted on WPEngine.


Prerequisites: WPEngine, Website hosted

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Expected Outcome: Website is restored or back-up is created

Tools Required: WPEngine, Unzipping tool


Steps to Perform

    1. Login into the WPEngine User Portal at: https://identity.wpengine.com/
    2. From here go to the website you are looking to back-up or restore, in this example, we are going to back-up the NN’s Dev website.
    3. Now Click on “Back-up Points”
    4. This will provide you with a list of daily website back-ups from the past 30 days. 
    5. To create a new temporary back-up, click “Create Backup”. This creates a backup of the current version of the website. A notification of back-up completion will be sent to the email address you provide.
    6. To create a permanent back-up, choose “Download ZIP”. This takes the currently selected back-up and creates a ZIP file containing that back-up. This file is sent through a link to the email addresses listed. NOTE: Make sure you download the backup ZIP file within 7 days because after that the link will disappear after this time. 
    7. You can choose to create a Full or Partial Back-up of the site.
    8. To restore a point click the checkbox next to the preferred restore point and then click “Restore”

      NOTE: You can restore a version from Dev to the Production site, so be careful to pick what website you want to use the restore on.

    9. To restore from a ZIP file, follow the readme.html found inside the ZIP folder. 
    10. Once completed the website will be restored to the previous version.