Is BackWPup not sending email when your backup is created?
It’s important to keep an eye on your backups so you know they’re error-free.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to easily fix your emails so you never miss a backup notification.
Should You Back Up Your Site via Email?
Plugins like BackWPup let you back up your site by sending a zip file by email. In most cases, it’s better to use an alternate storage method like FTP or Dropbox.
That’s because backups that are sent via email are often too big to be delivered. Either the email provider has a sending limit, or your mailbox has a maximum filesize that it’ll accept. Either way, your emails will fail. This can make it look like your backups aren’t working at all.
If you must use email to receive backups, we’ll show you how to fix deliverability problems in this tutorial. We’ll also show you how to store every email attachment sent from your site, including the zip files created by your backup plugin.
How To Fix BackWPup Not Sending Email
To fix the BackWPup not sending email issue, we’ll first check the backup job settings:
- Check Backup Job Settings in BackWPup
- Send Backup Emails Through SMTP
- Save Backup Email Attachments in WordPress
Let’s start by checking the backup job settings in the plugin.
1. Check Backup Job Settings in BackWPup
If you’re using BackWPup to get backup files via email, let’s check the backup job settings first.
Go to BackWPup » Jobs and click Edit under the backup job you want to look at.
In the General tab, uncheck anything that you don’t need to receive. In most cases, it’s a bad idea to try to get all of these items in 1 email because the resulting file will be too big.
Next, scroll down and under the Job Destination, make sure the Backup sent via email option is selected.
That’s it for the General settings. Now, switch to the Schedule settings from the top bar.
Here, we need to check that you’ve selected one of the cron schedules. If you select Manually only, the backups will only run when you trigger them.
Next, scroll down and adjust the scheduler settings.
Next, switch to the To: Email tab from the top bar.
Email Sender Settings
This section lets you specify the email recipient for the backups. If you want, you can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas.
Now, scroll down to check the sender’s email settings.
For the maximum file size, set it to 0 which means unlimited. While this will prevent your backups from failing, keep in mind that most email providers have a limit on the size of attachments they’ll accept.
Right at the end, make sure the email sending method is set to Use WordPress settings. This is important: it means we can use WP Mail SMTP to override the default method of sending emails from BackWPup in the next step.
If a different option is selected in Sending method, WP Mail SMTP may not be able to control emails from BackWPup.
That’s it for the email settings. Save the settings here.
Next, let’s fix your WordPress emails with WP Mail SMTP.
2. Send Backup Emails Through SMTP
WP Mail SMTP is the best WordPress SMTP plugin. It lets you add authentication to your emails so that they are not blocked or marked as spam.
To download the plugin, head over to your WP Mail SMTP account and grab the latest version of the plugin file from the Downloads tab.
Switch to your website and log in to the WordPress dashboard.
Then go to the plugins page and upload the zip file that you just downloaded.
If you’re new to WordPress or need help with this part, check out this guide on installing a WordPress plugin.
Once the plugin is installed, be sure to Activate it. As soon as you do that, the Setup Wizard will start in your browser.
Set Up Your Email Provider
In this step, we’ll choose and set up a mailer service to solve BackWPup not sending email.
To begin, click the Let’s Get Started button in the wizard.
WP Mail SMTP will show you a list of mailer options it supports.
We already talked about attachment size limits. Let’s look at that in more detail. If you want to send BackWPup files via email, this is going to be an important consideration.
Here’s a quick guide to give you an idea of the size limits and fees for each provider:
|Provider||Attachment size limit||Fee for attachments|
|Amazon SES||10 MB||$0.12 per GB|
|Google Workspace||25 GB|
|Outlook/ Microsoft 365||4 MB|
|Zoho Mail||20 MB|
As you can see, the size limits vary considerably between different providers. You’ll want to factor in these limits along with your own mailbox limits to decide which one is going to work best.
Once you’ve made your decision, use the links below to open our documentation. The docs here will help you to set up a connection between your website and the mailer service you’ve chosen:
|Mailers available in all versions||Mailers in WP Mail SMTP Pro|
|Gmail / Google Workspace|
Once the connection is made, switch back to this guide.
Enable Email Logging
In the next step of the wizard, we recommend that you enable the Weekly Email Summary the Detailed Email Logs.
The email log setting will keep a basic record of each email sent from your WordPress site. And the Weekly Email Summary will generate an automatic email every Monday with important deliverability statistics.
You can also turn on full WordPress email logging so that you can save the content of each email and its attachments. We’ll show you that in the next step of this guide.
3. Save Backup Email Attachments in WordPress
In addition to the basic email logs in WP Mail SMTP, you can also turn on full logging of the email content and attachments.
This will store a copy of every backup file that’s sent from your site.
To enable these settings, go to WP Mail SMTP » Settings.
Next, switch to the Email Log tab from the top bar.
Here, make sure you select the checkbox for Log Email Content and Save Attachments.
Scroll down and hit the Save Settings button for the changes to take effect.
To test this out, we can run a BackWPup backup job manually and then check the email log to see how the log file looks.
On the log screen, you should see the new backup email sent from BackWPup. Move your mouse over it and click the View Log button to open the log details.
On the right sidebar, under the Attachments tab, you’ll find the backup file. You can click on the file to download it to your computer.
That’s it! Now you know how to fix BackWPup not sending email, and also save the attachments.
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