Best Ways For Backing Up Your WordPress Site

Best Ways For Backing Up Your WordPress Site
July 16, 2013 Webmaster

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So you have a WordPress website, you update it regularly with new well researched informative posts, you have a good design, a good number of comments and links, you have invested hours and efforts and it has good rankings on Google search. But what happens when it crashes or gets infected or is hacked? What happens when you no longer have access to your database?

The security of your blogs and websites is your top priority.

WordPress is the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management platform in existence today. It is the choice of millions for blogging and creating websites. If you are one of those millions of users of WordPress, you might want to consider backing it up now. If you don’t, you stand to lose everything you have written. Your WordPress database contains every post, every comment and every link you have on your blog or website.

You should periodically backup your WordPress site just like you do with your laptop or desktop computer. Better be safe than sorry.

By backing up your site frequently, you will be able to restore your site to what it was before it was turn to ruins. This may seem a bit tedious but if something goes wrong and your WordPress site or blog gets wiped out, you’ll be so happy you did.

As to how often you have to back up depends entirely from you and the content of your site. You can always set a schedule. What’s important is that you have some sort of backup solution in place to protect you from the unforeseen and potentially disastrous. Also, before you make any changes to your site, make sure you have a backup beforehand.

Your WordPress site consists of WordPress Core Installation, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, Images and Files, JavaScript and PHP Scripts and other code files, and Additional Files and Static Web Pages. All of these are used in various combinations to generate your website and you need to backup them all.

There are two ways to backup your WordPress site or blog, either manually or automatically. Either of the techniques is proven to be effective by many users of WordPress.

For manual backups, use FTP Clients like cPanel, DirectAdmin, or Plesk to copy the files to a folder in your computer. For more information on how to use those tools and for the step by step instruction, you can always visit WordPress.org. If you are using Mac, you may use Cyberduck. It is free and is licensed under General Public License or GPL.

Once saved, you may opt to compress it to save space and maybe add a password for added security. Focus on the three important elements in your WordPress–the database files; the wp_content folder for your themes, plug-ins and uploaded content; and the wp_config.php file for your access information.

For automatic backups, you have to install plugins to perform scheduled backups of your WordPress site. This helps you manage your backup collection easily. Examples of backup plugins include WordPress Backup to Dropbox, WP2Cloud, BackWPup, UpdraftPlus Backup, Simple Backup, WordPress SQL Backup, and myRepoo WordPress Backup Plugin. You can find them in the Plugins Browser on the WordPress Administration Screens or through the WordPress Plugin Directory.

This is actually the easier choice. However, it is strongly recommended that you back up those auto backups with a manual backup once in a while to guarantee that the process and the Plugin you chose are working.

The general rule of thumb is to always keep at least three backup locations in different mediums like CDs or DVDs, hard drives, or thumb drives. This will make you covered if a single backup becomes unusable due to unforeseen circumstances.

At this point, you understand that it would be downright foolish not to backup your site on a regular basis.  If you are in WordPress and you have never thought of backing it up, think again. Problems inevitably occur. If your database gets corrupted, there is a bigger chance you will no longer have access to your data.  It can be maddening. Choose to be in a position where you can take remedial actions when disaster strikes.

But of course, the best disaster recovery plan of all is still to prevent disasters in the first place.