Too many bloggers learn the painful lesson about backking up their blogs the hard way. They have a major catastrophe and lose months of hard work — because they have no way to restore their sites.
The backend labor may not be your favorite part of blogging, but it’s a necessary one. Take some time right now to secure your site with a sound, regular backup plan. You’ll be glad you did!
When using WordPress to blog, backing up is a two-step process. Far too often, experienced bloggers only recognized one part or the other — thus leaving them vulnerable to serious loss.
We’ll discuss both parts that require your attention and how to back them up effectively.
WordPress Site Files
Your WordPress site files consist of the following:
- WordPress Core Installation
- WordPress Plugins
- WordPress Themes
- Images and Files
- Additional Files and Static Web Pages
The simplest way to backup these files, is to simply use FTP. Open up your FTP client, navigate on your host server to the folder (directory) that holds your site. Drag and drop it to your desktop. The program will proceed to copy your files to your hard drive, where you can then store them appropriately.
Your WordPress database contains your post text, page text, users, and most of the data generated on your site.
In an effort to make the transition to blogging as easy as possible for Win with 1 clients, I have tried to make backup as painless as possible by installing a plugin to easily and clearly automate the database backup process. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a plugin that I love — and that consistently works as described — but I’m currently using WordPress Dabase Backup (WP-DB-Backup). While the options don’t always work perfectly, it has never failed to backup.
To use this, just install, activate, and follow the plugin directions.
Backup Both Sides
When spending your time and resources to create a great blog, don’t forget to protect yourself from the inevitable calamities. If you back up both sides of your site — the files and the database — you can restore and be up and running again in no time.