Hi All! for today’s #WordPresWednesday we are going to go over backing up your WordPress site!
Why should you backup your site? Well there at two important reasons to do so:
When security isn’t enough
A few weeks ago we talked about securing your WordPress site. But what happens if hackers got in somehow? Then all of you files and database is compromised. And most of the time, the sites are so ruined that people have not choice but to delete their WordPress site completely and start from scratch.
A major change in the admin files
Last week, when we went over creating Multisites, I emphasized the importance of backing up before making any changes to your site. Why? Because sometimes the changes can be irreversible and/or you won’t be able to get back into the WordPress admin page to make any changes. Granted there are some ways around it, but most of the time you have to start over again.
So how to back up WordPress? There are three ways to do it:
Through your hosting site
Most hosting sites offer to backup your WordPress site for a small monthly fee. They will backup all of your files and contents and will help you recover it in case something happens. Check with your hosting site to see how much the charge will be.
With a Plugin
While there are 1000’s of plugins out there, Updraft Plus is a pretty popular one to use (and I’ll give a review on it soon!) While most require you to pay to use a lot of the backup features, UpDraft Plus offers it for free. You install the plugin and then choose how and when you want to backup your site.
Without a Plugin
Backing up WordPress can be done without a plugin however it is a lot trickier and time-consuming. You can start by manually backing up your WordPress content by going to Tools > Export and then exporting all content. Note that this will only backup all of your posts and pages and will not back up your themes, plugins or database.
To Backup your database:
Log into my PHPAdmin and then hit the Export tab at the top of the page. For the most part, you don’t need to change anything on the page and you can just hit Go. The database will run the export and download the .SQL file.
To Backup everything else:
To get your themes, plugins and everything else backed up, just go to FTP folder and save a copy of your WordPress folder. Download it to your computer and your done!
So how do you the backups to restore your site? That’s next week’s topic! See you then 🙂