In this post, I explained how to create full WordPress backups for free, using Softaculous. And, in this post, I explained how to restore your WordPress backups using Softaculous. Here, I’ll talk about how to automate these full WordPress backups using the same Softaculous backup options.
1. As given on the WordPress Backup using Softaculous post, go to your Softaculous page on your Webhost’s cpanel. (You may want to read that post.)
2. If you have more than one blogs, make sure you click the icon next to the blog you want to do automatic backups for.
3. Click the EDIT Details link on the same line as your blog. It’s the third icon under Options and just before the red colored cross icon (don’t click this cross – it will remove your blog, though after confirmation). You’ll get a page with your WordPress blogs details.
4. The last three options on the blog details page would be Auto upgrade, Automated backups and Backup rotation, as you can see in the below screenshot.
5. It’s good to check the Auto upgrade checkbox if it’s not already checked.
6. If you click the dropdown menu next to Automated backups, you can select one of the three options – Once a day, Once a week (default), or Once a month. This is how many times Softaculous will backup your WordPress installation.
7. Depending on how much disk space you have in your webhosting account, you can configure the Auto rotation option to 1 or more. What this will do is to keep the given number of old backups before deleting the old ones (when again backing up). You can set it from 1 to unlimited rotations. 1 is the default and is advised if you have limited disk space at your webhost.