How to Backup WordPress
25th April 2014
If you have gone to the trouble of making a WordPress website, then you'd probably be pretty upset if you lost it one day. Therefore, maybe you should think about a Wordpress Backup
The plugin we're using is BackWPup. The reason I like this is not just because it's free, but because it backs up both the database AND the files of your Wordpress site.
Note: We're not talking about Wordpress.com sites here
We're going to keep it really simple, and recommend a free plugin.
Let's just get straight into it:
Login to your Wordpress Dashboard, and go to Plugins > Add New
This is probably the one that you know already. When uploading your video (or at any time afterwards, you can still goto 'Edit Settings'), you should add tags. Add tags that are relevant. Tags can be one-word, or a phrase.
Look for BackWPup
Search for 'BackWPup' (note: no spaces) and hit 'Search Plugins'
Install the plugin
If do the same search as above, the first plugin is the one we want. Make sure that it's the plugin by Inpsyde GmbH.
Hit 'Install Now'
Activate the Plugin
Click 'Activate Plugin'
Go to BackWPup > Add new job
When the backup plugin is installed and activated sucessfully, you'll see a new section towards the end of your main menu on the left hand side of your screen, like this:
Create a Job
A 'job' in this case, just contains the details of the backup. In this example, I'm going to back up everything:
You need to decide where you want the back up to go. Choose what you want. The 'Backup sent via email' isn't really a good idea, since it's probably going to be too big to email. So I am choosing 'Backup to Folder', which will save on a folder on the same server as the website, and then I can also download it to save locally on my computer.
When you have edited the settings as necessary, hit 'Save changes'. Then, scroll to the top of the page, and you'll see this:
Let's click 'Run now', to run the back up now.
Now you'll have to wait a few minutes.
Save to your Computer
Save the Wordpress backup of your site to your computer. The reason we're doing a backup is in case something terrible happens . . . let's not keep the backup in the same place as the website. So save it to your computer.
So, you can see how easy it is to do a Wordpress backup. Let's not create any panic, the chances you'll ever need the backup are very, very slim. However, when you think about the amount of work/time/money you're after investing - why not spend a few minutes backing up your Wordpress site!?