Install and activate the BackupBuddy plugin, then go to BackupBuddy > Settings, and make the following changes to each section.

On “General Settings” tab:


Email Notifications

Local Archive Storage Limits

Click “Save General Settings”.

On “Advanced Settings / Troubleshooting” tab:

Basic Operation


Technical & Server Compatibility


Click “Save Advanced Settings”.

Use menu to go to Settings > iThemes Licensing. In the “iThemes Username” field, enter “scott_thomason”; in the “Password” field enter “IbZ87j54!MQh”. Click “License Products”.

Log into server as root:


Create a new user with the same user-id as the site’s system user-id in Gridpane. Assign the same password you created at the beginning of this procedure. Then add that user to the “bkup” group. Finally, create a directory under /backup/ and assign ownership to the user.

adduser userid
adduser userid bkup
mkdir /backup/userid/
chown userid.userid /backup/userid/

Back at the website, use the menu to go to BackupBuddy > Destinations and follow these steps:

Click the “Test Settings” button. If the test worked, it will tell you so in a popup. Close the popup and save by clicking “Add Destination”.

Use the WordPress menu and go to BackupBuddy > Schedules. Delete the default schedules that are already there. That will leave you at the Add New Schedule page. Fill in these fields:

Click the “+ Add New Schedule” button.

Use the WordPress menu and go to BackupBuddy > Backup. In the section labelled “Choose a backup profile to run:”: