First and foremost, make sure you have a solid WordPress backup strategy. Think of backups as an insurance policy on the work you’ve put into creating your site.
Having backups of your site is essential. Every webmaster should have a few backups of his/hers website in case something goes wrong. This tutorial explains the easiest and most useful ways to backup your WordPress website.
Backup WordPress Manually
WordPress is a web application based on PHP and MySQL. As such you need to backup all its files and its database to have a full copy of your site. The easiest way to copy your files is via FTP. To do this follow the instructions in our tutorial on how to use FTP. Make sure that you save all the files and folders in the directory WordPress is installed in (public_html if it’s the main application for your account).
The WordPress database can be backed up as any other database. Simply follow the instructions in our tutorial on how to backup MySQL databases. In case you have multiple MySQL databases and you wonder which one your site is using, open the wp-config.php file in the WordPress root folder and you’ll see the database name saved next to the DB_NAME option.
Backup WordPress Automatically with Plugins
WordPress backup plugins add the element of ease to creating dependable backups for your WordPress site. All you have to do is install your favorite WordPress backup plugin, configure a few settings and you’re good.
VaultPress Premium Backups by Automattic
VaultPress was created by Automattic to make backing up and securing your website easy. VaultPress take automatic daily backups of your website that are stored securely offsite. And using them to restore your website is as easy as logging into your account and clicking a button.
Other features VaultPress offers include site duplication & migration (gotta love those full backups), malware and virus scanning, automated file repair and even spam defense. Starting at just $39 per year as a part of JetPack Personal, this is a very affordable security add-on worth investing in.
BackupBuddy Premium WordPress Plugin
The second premium WordPress backup plugin on our list today is BackupBuddy by iThemes. You can use the plugin to create full database and files backup, and/or move your site to another server easily.
You can backup your site to your hard disk and a variety of external storage services including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, email, FTP, Dropbox, and BackupBuddy Stash among others.
Schedule WordPress backups with BackupBuddy while you’re on the go and enjoy a backup service like no other. Pricing starts at $80 per year for a single site license, though iThemes also offers a lifetime Gold package at a one-time fee of $297 which offer unlimited use of the plugin making it a great fit for businesses.
Duplicator Free WordPress Plugin
With over 1 million active installs, Duplicator is more than your typical backup plugin. Primarily, Duplicator helps you to clone or migrate your site to another location easily. This main feature makes it a powerful backup solution.
Even though it won’t allow you to schedule backups, it automatically dumps your database to an SQL file and saves it to a ZIP archive along with your WordPress files. Then it creates a special PHP file that lets you reinstall the backup easily. Just upload the ZIP archive and the PHP file to your server, and the rest is easy work. Want more? Checkout Duplicator Pro which adds more features including schedules backups, cloud storage linking, email notifications, pro support and more.
BackWPup Free WordPress Plugin
BackWPup is a popular WordPress backup plugin that helps you to create complete backups of your WordPress site, and save the same on an external location such as Dropbox, Amazon S3, FTP, RackSpace Cloud and many more.
You can schedule full backups meaning your entire WordPress site, files and all, will be safe always. Further you can check/repair and optimize your database, and if you need more juice, you can go for the pro version.
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration Free WordPress Plugin
One of the highest-ranked WordPress backup plugin, UpdraftPlus adds fun and ease to backing up your WordPress site. With a number of sweet features including backups to Amazon S3, Google Drive, FTP, Dropbox, email and other storage options, quick restore, scheduling, site duplicator, capability to split large sites into multiple archives, and so much more, you can’t go wrong with UpdraftPlus (and the developers also offer a pro version that packs quite a punch if you’re looking for more features).
WordPress Backup to Dropbox Free WordPress Plugin
Last up is a WordPress backup plugin that forces you to make use of that Dropbox account that’s been lying around. WordPress Backup to Dropbox makes it simple to send full backups to your Dropbox account. Just install the plugin, set up a schedule and authenticate your Dropbox account. Simple as A, B, C.
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