Google Drive Extension User Guide

Google Drive Extension extends the functionality of the All-in-One WP migration plugin, connecting it to your Google Drive account. This facilitates importing and exporting your website/network of sites directly between your Google Drive cloud space and your website.

The tool works as an extension to the plugin, so All-in-One WP Migration plugin is required to be installed in order to work.

The Google Drive Extension settings appear in the dropdown of the All-in-One WP Migration plugin in WordPress once the extension is successfully installed and activated:

For more details about installing the tool, you can visit: https://help.servmask.com/knowledgebase/install-instructions-for-google-drive-extension/

This tutorial contains details of:

  • Details about available Google Drive settings
  • Export using Google Drive Extension
  • Import using Google Drive Extension

 

1. Google Drive Extension Settings

Google Drive settings page appears in the list of pages of All-in-One WP Migration plugin, after the extension is installed and successfully activated:

When clicking on it you will be redirected to the settings page. You will be asked to enter you Google Drive login details in order the extension to connect to you account. You will not be able to use the extension if you do not connect I with your account from here.

Once you are logged in with your details, on the Settings page you will see the available settings you can manage.

You can set a time range for periodic automated backups of your website using one of the options – Every hour, Every day, Every week or Every month. Notifications for a backup completion can be sent to an e-mail address you enter in the ‘Notification Settings’ box in the Settings page.

Another option you can use is setting the number of most recent backups that are to be kept on your Google Drive cloud storage. Additional to this, you can set the total size of backups you store in Google Drive – a very convenient option if you have limited space available.

After setting up your desired options, press ‘Update’ button in order to save them.

NOTE: Once you have taken your first backup to Google Drive and a folder has been created, you can move the folder within your google drive without impacting the exports. It is not required to remain in the root of your google drive. 

 

2. Export Using Google Drive Extension

The export process using Google Drive extension is initiated from the Export option in the All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:

On the Export page, before you start the export, there are some additional settings you can use for your backups:

Using Find and Replace fields, you can have text in your current site replaced in your backup. Please bear in mind that this change can affect your user access details to the site – be careful what you replace.

There are options to exclude items from your backup – spam comments, themes, inactive plugins, cache, etc.

Once you have selected the Export from the above options, you can choose to create an archive using Google Drive from the dropdown menu:

 

Choosing one of the options, in this case – Google Drive, starts the export process, you will see this window:

And after your export is created successfully and uploaded to your cloud you should see this message:

The extension creates a folder in your Google Drive account named “[your-wordpress-site-name]-wordpress”. Inside that folder, all your archives created using All-in-One WP Migration plugin are stored. Depending on your site name, the folder would look like this:

 

3. Import Using Google Drive Extension

The import process starts from the Import option in All-in-One WP Migration plugin menu:

Once you have chosen this option, a new window is opened – Import and you can chose from where to import a backup from a dropdown menu:

When choosing Google Drive, the extension will open a window showing your connected cloud files and folders. From there you can chose the backup you want to import and press the Import button. This will start the import process:

The Import has an additional step which warns you that your website will be overwritten by the new backup including database, media, plugins and themes. This is the last step from which you can cancel the process. After pressing ‘Proceed’ you cannot stop the import process anymore.

When finished, a successful import will display this message:

26 Comments

  1. ahmad

    I bought that addon plugin today, Its working perfectly. uploading backups in google drive.

    Question:
    This plugin uploading backup on google drive root. and I want all my websites backup in a one master folder like “Websites Backups” and then all websites folder and then backup files. I want my google drive tidy up. Can you please help me about that.

    Thanks

    1. Anna Angelova

      Hello Mr. Ahmad,

      Thank you for your question.

      The functionality that you ask about is not available at the moment, but it is currently being developed.
      It will be present soon in next versions of the extension.

  2. André

    Yes it would be great if we can chose a folder where to backup each website from the plugin, hope next version will include that, keep up the great work !

    1. 2bBRiLLIANT!

      I’ve found that if I move the folder created by AIO WP Migration from the root of my Google Drive to where I intend, future exports are saved to that location.

  3. jay

    Is there a way to override the next backup date and time? My client does not want the google drive extension running during business hours and when the backup fails, making any changes on the settings page edits the weekly backup date/time data to 7 calendar days form when the change is made.

    1. Anna Angelova

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question.

      We do not have this functionality yet, but we plan to include it in the future versions of the product.

    1. Anna Angelova

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question.

      We are planning to add this functionality in the future yes.

    1. Anna Angelova

      Hello,
      Thank you for your question.

      In order to connect All-in-One WP migration plugin with Google Drive extension to your drive you are requested to enter your Google drive login details in the Settings page.
      After creating a backup of your website, the Google Drive extension creates its own folder inside your drive using your credentials and uploads the backup in it.
      The credentials provided by you are kept inside your plugin installation. We do not have access to them or to your Google Drive.

  4. Mohammad

    Dear Team,

    my question is if i want backup weekly or monthly , lets say i got backup for week 1 then backup for week 2 ( is their any option to delete the old backup ( week 1 ) after it finish upload week 2 and delete week 2 backup after upload week 3 .. to keep space in my google drive thanks alot

    Regards
    Mohammad

    1. Lesley Arnold

      Hi Mohammed
      In the google drive page of the plugin you have some options to select how many backups to keep on your google drive. You can do this using the size or the number of backups to keep. I would recommend always keeping more than one backup, so you can se the number of backups to 2 or 3 and the plugin will delete the oldest one as it makes a new one.
      Cheers
      Lesley

  5. Troy Brisbin

    Question, how do I change the backup time? I would prefer it not to run at the time I installed the software and connected it to my drive, but a time that is outside of normal business hours. A manual override to set it to run between 10 PM and 5 AM, not 2 PM in the middle of the workday.

    1. Pim J. Iliev

      Hi Troy,

      The ability to specify the backup time has been added to our roadmap and will be included in the future versions.
      As a workaround, you can configure and click “UPDATE” on your Google Drive Settings page about the time you would like the backup to be automated.
      If you click “UPDATE” at 1AM today, the backup will be created at 1AM on the next day for the daily backup option.

  6. Bill S

    I do have an idea that I hope will be integrated in the future: And that is to allow multiple email addresses to be added to receive notices of Backup success, and Backup Problems.

  7. Maxime Freschard

    Hi,
    I own several sites and would like backups of each site to be stored in its own folder in Google Drive. Is it possible ?
    thanks

    1. Anna Angelova

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question.

      The folder that is created in Google Drive storage is named with the site_url used for the site in WP installation.
      This means that if your sites are located inside different WordPress installations, folders for backups will be with different names for each site.
      In case you are using a Multisite WordPress installation, the created backup will be only one.

      Regards
      Anna

  8. Ben

    When exporting a backup with the google drive extension, a “folder + backupfile” called “storage”
    inside of
    “..\plugins\all-in-one-wp-migration\storage”
    is created, doesnt it make sense to delete this backup-folder after the upload to googel drive is done?

    1. Pim J. Iliev

      Hi Ben,

      In rare cases failed exports and imports leave files in the storage folder. The plugin has a cleanup function that runs once daily and deletes any files older than 24 hours from the storage folder. If you do not delete the files yourself, then the plugin will do it for you after 24 hours.

  9. Brian

    First off love your plugins and the ones I have bought have worked great.

    Question- When the Google Drive extension moves the file to Google Drive does it do it straight from my servers without going through my internet connection? The reason I ask is that I am in a rural area with limited capacity and do not want to take any of my limits on Gigs. moving files to Google.

    THX

    1. Yani I

      Hi Brian.
      Yes, the GDrive extension will connect directly to Google servers and export or import the file for you.
      Your connection will not be used.

  10. Daniel

    Hi there,
    is there a way to set the time when the daily backup should be done?
    I don’t want the backup to be done during work time where people must likely might be updating the website,
    possibly causing performance degradation.

  11. JackLinkers

    Hi,
    Any plan to add Team Drive ?
    We usually setup the plugin on our clients websites. We don’t want them to be able to see/download someone else’s backup.
    Best

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