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How to Backup WordPress Site - Avoid Valuable Information Loss and Missing

How to Backup WordPress Site – Avoid Valuable Information Loss and Missing

Generally, webmasters who really care about their websites all have a habit to backup the site on a regular basis. This is because the backup file can restore the site back to the normal condition if it is hacked by malicious intruders, preventing date loss and missing effectively. In addition, if website owners want to move to a new domain, transfer to a new hosting provider, or make an update for the CMS, having the latest backup file can give people a sense of worry-free.

Previously, we have told you the steps and methods for backing up Joomla powered website. This time, we’d like to share you how to backup WordPress site.

Make Use of WordPress Backup Plugins

From WordPress plugin collection, you can find a lot of powerful tools helping you back up your WordPress site easily. Ready! Backup, for instance, is one of the most popular backup plugins, scheduling the backup automatically or manually for all the database and files on your site, and storing the file in your local computer.

Ready! Backup

You can find this plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory or the administrative panel of WordPress. After downloading and installing it to your website, you simply need to go to its interface and click the Backup Now button from the main setting. If you want to make some modifications, you can also go for the Backups tab and Schedule tab for configurations based on your needs.

Ready! Backup Settings

Back Up WordPress Manually

If you want to make the backup manually, then you need to follow two steps – back up your files, and then back up the database.

To back up the website file, we suggest you to make use of the File Manager. Generally, the backup process may take you a relatively long time if your site contains loads of files and folders. This tool, however, can shorten the process greatly for it allows you to compress your files into a single file for backup.

You can find this manager from your control panel. After clicking the icon, you can see a pop-up window for directory selection. Simply check the box before Document Root and enter your domain name. Don’t forget to show all the hidden files.

file manager directory selection

Then, you can see a list of your files. Simply choose all of them and click the Compress button. After that, you can put the mouse on the compressed file and right click it to choose the Copy option for backup.

The second step is to back up your database using phpMyAdmin. After logging in, you can find your targeted database in the left column. After choosing it, you need to click the Export button in the navigation bar.

phpMyAdmin export button

In the next page, you need to make sure that all the tables are selected for export, and choose the option for saving the backup as a file. Then, click the Go button to start the backup.

select all tables

Special Tips

backup tipsIn fact, backing up the WordPress site is not a difficult task. You can do this easily by following the steps we have introduced in this post. In spite of this, however, we still want to give you some special tips about backup, which are the common questions raised by WordPress users.

What is the Full WordPress Backup?

Considering the website backup, the first thing you consider might be your database, for it contains all the data for your posts, links, images, and comments, and many more. In addition to this, the core files for the WordPress, themes, and plugins also need to be backed up. After all, if one of these files has been removed to destroyed, your site cannot run properly. Besides, if your site has some JavaScript or PHP scripts, you also need to back up them.

When to Back Up the Website?

In fact, this depends on you totally. Whenever you have made a huge change on your site, you’d better have a backup before you making a change. If there is no big change, we strongly suggest you to back up the site once a month. Note that you’d better keep the backup file copied and located in different places, in the case that a single file is damaged.

Whether Resort to Backup Services Offered by Web Host?

In fact, there are a lot of web hosting companies as the list presented in below that includes a backup service into their hosting packages, helping you have your website backed up regularly. Therefore, if your web host allows this benefit, you’d better check out it to get the detailed information, including the backup frequency, charges, backup target, and many more. However, you cannot rely on the web host to back up the site totally. Instead, you need to do it yourself. After all, you cannot be guaranteed that the backup is thorough and comprehensive. In addition, if you need the backup file for website restoration, you may take times to request a copy from your web host. As an instant and speedy recovery is essential, this is not good for your site.