How To Back Up Your WordPress Blog

Just because your website and content is out there on the World Wide Web doesn’t mean it’s safe. You should always retain multiple copies of your data incase something was to ever go wrong.

Third Party Plugins

Third party plugins tend to offer the easiest solutions when it comes to backing up and restoring your WordPress website(s) and their contents.

UpDraft is a popular plugin which can be installed to manage and retain data backups. The best thing is you can set it to automatically take your backups and transfer them else where so you have nothing to worry about.

If you’re a customer of our DirectAdmin Hosting plans there are two built in alternative options when it comes to third party backups.

  1. Backup the entire DirectAdmin account

    Simply go to backup and restore in your account and download a full user backup. Please be aware, this will contain any other website data that is outside of your current WordPress installation.

  2. Backup your installation using Softaculous

    If you installed WordPress using the Softaculous Apps Installer, you can manage backups from within the Softaculous user interface as well as configure backups to be taken automatically.

Manually Backing Up

If you’re not too knowledgeable, using a third party plugin may be the best option. But if you know your way around, a manual backup is as good as any. There’s a few levels to taking a manual backup, such as…

  • How are you taking the backup? (What platform)
  • What is included within the backup?
  • Where is the backup going to be stored?

For a control panel based File Manger you can start by accessing your public directory, also known as “public_html”.

From within “public_html” select your WordPress folder, if it’s in an alternative subdirectory then compress and download it to an archive.

For FTP users, connect to your FTP account then complete the above steps.

Now thats the “How” – What’s the “What”?. Downloading and compressing your WordPress folder is a good first step in backing up your blog. But it’s not everything. Your WordPress folder contains many important aspects, such as your themes, plugins, uploaded content and configuration, but the bulk of your blog is contained within a database.

You need both to successfully backup all of your content.

From within your control panel, download a copy of your database by accessing the sql database page. Otherwise, login via phpMyAdmin and export a copy of the tables.

Now you have both your content and your database stored on a file on your desktop. But where are you going to keep it long-term?

Thanks for reading.

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