How to backup your WordPress website – LoveYourSite

It would drive me to tears to rebuild the entire blog archive and keyword optimised pages on the Rather Inventive site. In fact, it’s likely we’d have to just suck it up and start again. If a site gets hacked or a server fails, which it might and they do, having a recent backup copy is a chance to restore and be up and running quickly.

If you haven’t taken a copy of your website for a while, or even since it was launched, now is a good time to do so. Here are a few suggestions on how to do it.

Ask your web developer to take a copy for you

If you have someone who manages your website for you it’s worth checking if they take regular backup copies on your behalf and if not how they can set this up and at what cost. It’s also worth asking your web hosting company if they offer a backup option as the best backup is one you can set and forget.

Export a copy of your WordPress content

Not a complete backup by any means but quick and easy to take. We often use this as a ‘just in case backup’ on clients sites when making small content changes.

WordPress provide some instructions on how to Export but you’ll need to have administrator access.

Install a WordPress backup plugin*

We use duplicator plugin to download a copy of the files and database in one zip file. It’s quick and simple but is a manual process and you’ll also need to have administrator access.

Use an external backup service

CodeGaurd ($60/yr) and Dropmysite (39$/yr) automatically takes daily backups of client sites and works on most websites with FTP access. You will need access to your database and Secure FTP (or just plain FTP) login credentials.

If you do nothing else we recommend, backup your website as regularly as you can. It will save tears should the worst happen.


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* If you don’t feel confident about making any of the recommended changes yourself, consult with your web developer, techie friends or get in touch, we’d be happy help.

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