Installing Solid Backups

You can check out Solid Backups Multisite (BETA) - Installation for information on installing and activating Solid Backups on a multisite.  

Upload Solid Backups

You can upload Solid Backups on any (non-Multisite) site just like any other plugin.

  • (Preferred) You can use the WordPress --> Plugins --> Add New --> Upload feature to upload the zip file.
    • Note: This is the preferred method, as WordPress handles the process for you.  If there are problems during the installation, WordPress will back out gracefully and should provide information that will help you determine the cause of the problem.
  • You can unzip the Solid Backups zip file on your computer and then upload the Solid Backups folder via FTP to your wp-content/plugins directory.
    • Note: This method can be used if you have a problem with the preferred method. Be sure to pay particular attention to the upload logs from your desktop FTP client (check in the client help for details of how to enable/find the logs) to ensure no problems.  If it can, FTP uploads every file individually and will continue with further files even if it encounters a problem with a file.  It may not always make it obvious that a problem was encountered. Hence, it is possible to end up with an incomplete installation unless you are careful (this applies to any plugin/theme installed this way).
  • You can use cPanel to upload the plugin to the wp-content/plugins directory and then extract it.

Activate Solid Backups

  • You can activate Solid Backups like any other plugin.
    • Visit your WordPress --> Plugins area.
    • Click the Activate button below Solid Backups.

Solid Backups is now installed and ready to use on your standalone site. Congratulations!


Errors & Troubleshooting

Getting an "Are you sure you want to do this error?" error when trying to install/activate Solid Backups

That error usually occurs when WordPress checks for a Nonce in an admin URL, and the check fails.

Unfortunately, it's difficult to determine why it's happening on your specific install, as WordPress messages are sometimes quite ambiguous (as in this instance). It might be because it's on a local server or possibly because of a theme or plugin. Or just some WordPress and/or other server configuration, as installing plugins within WordPress is a WordPress construct.

The best thing is to try a different browser, deactivate all plugins, and activate a default theme like TwentyTwentythree. Then, try installing Solid Backups.

If you're still having issues after that, you may want to try to re-install the plugin manually via FTP/SFTP or some similar host-provided File Manager.

  1. Download the latest version from your SolidWP member's panel:
  2. Deactivate the current version, if possible.
  3. Extract/unzip the downloaded new version's .zip
  4. Replace the Solid Backups folder found at /wp-content/plugins/ with the Solid Backups folder found in the extracted new version (usually with FTP/SFTP). It's best to delete the entire plugin folder and its contents and replace it with a new one.
  5. Reactivate Solid Backups.
  6. Ensure the site is still licensed in WordPress' Settings -> SolidWP Licensing page.
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