Using Incremental Backups

Incremental backups store website files that have changed since the last backup. They are especially helpful if you have a very large website and do not want to take a full backup every time. When you use incremental backups, your first full backup will contain everything from your site. Subsequent smaller incremental backups will be generated, containing only the changes made since the previous backup.

The All-in-One WP Migration plugin offers options for incremental backups if you are using the Google Drive or Dropbox extensions. To configure incremental backup, go to the settings page of your extension. If you are using Google Drive, it will be “Google Drive Settings”. For Dropbox, it will be “Dropbox Settings”, as shown below:

Google Drive


From the settings page, under the heading “Configure your backup plan”, check the box to enable incremental backups as shown below:

Google Drive


Once the settings have been saved, a full backup will be generated at the next schedule, followed by incremental backups containing changes made on the site since the last backup. This can be seen in the screenshot below:

Notice that the incremental backups are significantly smaller in size. This is because only changes made since the previous backup are exported.

Restoring backups

To restore backups when incremental backup is enabled, you will need to restore in batches. First, restore the initial backup(which should be the largest backup), and then restore each of the smaller backups in order of oldest to newest.
It is important to note that all the backups(Full and incremental) need to be restored, and restored in the right order for the site to be completely restored. You should NOT delete any of the incremental backups, as this will break the chain.

Database backups

When incremental backup is enabled, the complete database will always be backed up for the full backup, as well as for each incremental backup.

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