In order to enjoy all the benefits of WPBackItUp Premium, you’ll need to first install and activate it. There are two different ways this can be accomplished. One is via the WordPress installer and the other is via FTP.  Below we will outline the steps for both.

Download WPBackItUp Premium

After your purchase you should have received an email that looks similar to the image below. There is a link towards the bottom of the email that will allow you to download the WPBackItUp Premium plugin.  Just click the link and download the ZIP file to your PC.  This zip file contains all the WPBackItUp Premium plugin files and will be used in the following steps.  There is no need to unzip this file for most installs.  

WPBackItUp Community Edition (CE)

If you are already running the WPBackItUp Community Edition(CE) then great!   The WPBackItUp Community edition is the one found on, sometimes we call it WPBackItUp Lite.  Most of our customers install and activate this version of WPBackItUp before purchasing the premium plugin so if you are one of them then you can skip this step.

If you are not running the community edition of WPBackItUp then follow the instructions below.

To install the community edition WPBackItUp navigate to Plugins -> Add New Plugin in your WordPress dashboard. 


Type WPBackItUp into the search box and click enter.

You will now see WPBackItUp in the search results.  Click the Install Now button to install the community edition of WPBackItUp .

Now Click the Activate button to activate the plugin.

That's it, you now have the community edition of WPBackItUp installed and active on your site. 

WPBackItUp Premium Edition

Installing via WordPress 

Installing WPBackItUp Premium via WordPress is just like installing a normal plugin. In your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins → Add New. 


From there you’ll see an option for Upload Plugin.


Using the file chooser, navigate to your computer files and select the ZIP file you received and downloaded when you purchased WPBackItUp Premium. This is the one we mentioned in the first step above.

Once it’s uploaded, click the “ Activate” link.


That's it, you now have WPBackItUp Premium installed and active on your site. 

Installing via FTP

This portion of the instructions are for those people that want to install via FTP. If you used the WordPress installation instructions above then you can skip this step.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. In order to use FTP you'll need a client program for your computer.  Lifehacker has an excellent article on the best FTP programs for Mac and Windows.

Before uploading the plugin files you'll need to unzip the WPBackItUp Premium zip file.  In OSX this is done by simply double clicking the zip file.  In Windows right click on the zip file and choose Extract All.  Both of these methods will create a new folder named wp-backitup-premium that contains all the plugin files.

Next connect to your server with your FTP program. Once connected you'll need to find the Document Root for your site. This simply means the folder where all of your WordPress files are. It's often called public_html or named the same as your site's domain name, but it could be anything. If you're unsure, please ask your host.

Once you know where your Document Root is, use your FTP program to navigate into wp-content/plugins/. Then use your FTP program to upload the plugin folder(wp-backitup-premium) that was created when you unzipped the plugin file.

NOTE: make sure to upload the plugin folder, not the zip file. The zip file won't function on your site.

Once the folder is completely uploaded, your plugin will be listed on the WordPress plugins page, and you may click the Activate link next to it.


After Installing

Once you've installed and activated WPBackItUp Premium there are several things you should do.

Activate Your License

To activate your WPBackItUp Premium license navigate to the WPBackItUp -> Backup page to enter the license key your received via email.  Just click the register button to activate your license.


Read the Documentation

WPBackItUp comes with complete documentation. You can find all our documentation by going to

Configure Settings

WPBackItUp settings can be found on the WPBackItUp->Settings page.  Please refer to our documentation if need some help with the settings.