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November 6, 2015 - Cathy

How to Make WordPress Website Backup

Why you need to backup your WordPress website on a regular basis

There are plenty of things that can cause problems with your WordPress website. A server crash, hacker attacks and human error are just a few of the things that might cause your website to crash. Having up-to-date WordPress backup files for your site will allow you to have it up and running again in no time should something go wrong. A complete WordPress website backup consists of two parts:

  • WordPress database backup: Your database contains posts and pages, comments from readers, post related data such as authors, meta descriptions and other information. A WordPress database backup saves and stores all this information.
  • WordPress files backup: The files backup will include the WordPress Core Installation, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, Images and Files, JavaScript, PHP scripts, and other code files as well as static web pages and other additional files. These are the elements that make up your sites look.

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How often you back up your website is up to you but the more frequently you backup your site, the less work you will have to do if something goes wrong.

Methods for performing a WordPress website backup

There are several ways you can go about doing a WordPress website backup. The method you choose for backing up your website will depend on your particular situation. Here are two methods to consider:

  • Manual backup: Backing up your website manually isn’t that difficult but it can be time consuming. If you update more than once a month this is probably not the option to choose.
  • Use a WordPress backup plugin: There are many free and paid WordPress backup plugin options to choose from. Using a backup plugin is the method most commonly used to backup WordPress websites. Using a plugin allows you to schedule automatic backups and customize backups to suit your needs.

Most likely you will opt to use a backup plugin to handle backup chores. The steps for backing up your website will depend on which plugin you use.

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How to manually backup your WordPress website

To back up your WordPress website files manually take the following steps:

  • Connect your FTP client to your webserver
  • Within the FTP client locate the files on the server you want to backup
  • Click the file/files and drag it to the location on your computer where you want to save the files.

To back up your WordPress website database manually perform the following steps:

  • Log in to the cPanel for your hosting account
  • Click the phpMyAdmin icon. The phpMyAdmin interface opens and displays your database.
  • Click the name of the database that you want to back up.
  • Click the Export tab at the top of the screen. The page refreshes and displays the backup utility screen.
  • Select the Save as File check box.
  • Select the zipped option. This compiles the database backup file in a .zip file and prepares it for download.
  • Click “Go” and you will be prompted for a file to download. Click “Save” and the file will be downloaded and saved to your computer

If you experience any problems, you might want to reinstall WordPress manually and see whether the issue’s fixed.

It is a good idea to have two or three copies of your WordPress website backup so you are prepared if anything unexpected happens!

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