The WordPress database contains every post you have published, every comment you have made, and every link you have added to your blog. If you lose your database, you will lose everything you’ve written. Various reasons could cause this to occur, and not all of them can be controlled. Backing up your WordPress database and files before any disaster strikes will help you restore everything quickly. Having a backup is essential as problems will inevitably occur on your site, and you must be in a position to act when disaster strikes. By spending a few minutes to make an easy, convenient backup of your database, you’ll have more time to focus on creativity and productivity for your website.
Can backups be automated?
Certainly. We’ve listed several methods for automating the backup process in the Automatic WordPress backup section. Nevertheless, you should always make a manual backup of those auto backups once in a while to make sure the process is working.
WordPress sites are backed up in two parts: databases and files. It is necessary to back up your entire site, as well as your WordPress database. These instructions explain how to back up your WordPress database on various servers. Let’s begin by backing up your WordPress site’s content.
Your WordPress site consists of the following:
- WordPress Core installation
- WordPress plugins
- WordPress themes
- Images and files
- Additional files and static web pages
These elements are used in various combinations to create your website. Although the database contains your posts, it does not include the various elements that makeup how your site looks and behaves. These should be saved. The majority of hosts back up the whole server, including your site, but recovering the site quickly is critical since the backups take time to mount. You need to backup your site files and restore them if necessary. Here are some methods to backup your site files:
Website Host Provided Backup Software
Almost all hosting companies offer software for backing up your website. You can learn more about your host’s services and programs by contacting them.
Create Sync With Your Site
Sync your website with programs such as WinSCP to keep a mirror copy of the content on your computer and server. By doing this you save time and make sure the latest files are both available.
Copy Your Files to Your Desktop
If you have UNIX shell skills or FTP clients, you can copy the files to a folder on your computer. To save space, you can compress them into a zip file to create several versions of the files. Always have three backups on hand in case one gets lost or corrupted, and store them in different locations on different platforms (CDs, DVDs, or hard drives).
There are many free backup plugins for WordPress available on the Internet, but UpdraftPlus is the most popular. It is used by over 2 million websites. It is possible to create a complete backup of your WordPress site that can be stored on the cloud or downloaded. Backups can be scheduled and performed on-demand with the plugin. Additionally, you can select the files you wish to back up. Your backups will be automatically uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive, S3, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email, and several other cloud storage services. Apart from backing up your websites, UpdraftPlus also allows you to easily restore backups directly from the WordPress admin screen. The premium version of UpdraftPlus offers add-ons for migrating or cloning websites, database search and replace, multisite support, and many other features.
The Jetpack Backups plugin is a popular backup plugin by Automattic, the company that was founded by Matt Mullenweg. Since we switched over to Jetpack backups because it is more up-to-date, we have started switching several websites to this plugin. It was originally launched under the name VaultPress. The Jetpack backup plugin offers daily and real-time cloud backups that don’t slow down your site. Within a few clicks, you can set up Jetpack backups and restore from backups. Jetpack offers several powerful features, such as security scans, with its higher-level plan.
One of the most popular premium WordPress backup plugins, BackupBuddy is used by over half a million websites. The program allows you to easily schedule backups for daily, weekly, and monthly intervals. BackupBuddy allows you to store your backups in cloud storage services like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), or even send them by email. With their Stash service, you can also perform real-time backups. The main benefit of BackupBuddy is that it is a free service and will not charge you for a monthly subscription. As long as you have the plan you can use the plugin on the number of websites you specified. The BackupBuddy Stash storage can also store 1GB of backups, along with access to premium support forums, regular updates, and upgrades. Moreover, their iThemes Sync function allows you to manage up to ten WordPress websites from a single dashboard. BackupBuddy can even help you duplicate, migrate, and restore websites.
All-in-One WP Migration
With All-in-One WP Migration, you can export your WordPress database, media files, plugins, themes, and more with ease. In addition, there is a find/replace database feature that helps you fix broken links and files after moving your site. Up to 512MB (5GB in the pro version) of upload size restrictions can be bypassed with the plugin. The plugin also allows you to migrate WordPress to cloud storage services like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, and more. Another interesting aspect that makes this plugin stand out from other options is that it’s fully mobile-optimized, so if you need to back up or migrate WordPress when you’re away from home or office, you can do so easily.
Despite their multiple pros and cons, every WordPress backup plugin we reviewed offers complete file and database backups.