How to easily back up your WordPress website
You don’t want it ever to happen, but just for a minute let’s imagine it does.
You do something, install something, you are hacked, something crashes, murphy’s law comes to visit and things go wrong.
Your site crashes or you have to revert to an older version, and you don’t have a back-up. That’s the moment you wish you knew how to back up your WordPress site easily, but it’ll be too late.
Actually, let’s not even imagine, this is too painful!
Especially when there is such an easy way how to back up your WordPress site, so that if something happens, you don’t lose valuable hours (or days, weeks, months!) worth of work.
How to backup your WordPress site easily with a simple Plugin
As there is a plugin for everything, there is also a plugin for backing up your WordPress site.
Personally I am using the plugin called Updraft plus, which is super simple and easy to use. And let’s not forget, it is free! Don’t just take it from me, this plugin has several millions of downloads, so it’s pretty popular.
With Updraft plus you can easily run a backup of your site, and store it on the cloud or on your computer. You can drop it in the Dropbox, Google drive, your device and even email.
How to install Updraft Plus on your WordPress
You can find and download the plugin here, or type in Updraft plus on the Plugin search bar to find it in the Woprdpress directory of plugins.
Once you have it set up, it will appear under the Settings menu.
Manual and automatic WordPress updates
You can choose to backup your site manually, or you can set the automatic backup to do the work for you. You can also set how many backed up versions of your site will be stored.
You can backup your site manually any time.
Just hit the big-old Backup Now button, and you’ll be asked what exactly you want to include in your back-up.
You can also choose whether this version of the back-up should be only manually deleted, or can be included in your backup rules of storing let’s say 2 or 3 versions of your site, and once a new version is made (manually or automatically), this one will be deleted.
During the backup you will see the blue bar showing the process. Afterwards you will see the backed up versions below, under Existing back-ups.
If you want to save the newest back-up onto your computer for example, you can select the Database button, and then select “Download to your computer.”
Then simply just download the file to a folder on your computer.
If you don’t want to be bothered with a manual back-up, you can have the plugin do this for you.
Just simply set the frequency of the backups, and the location where the files will be stored.
You can do a backup several time a day, once a day, once a week, every 2 weeks or once a month. This depends on how often you are updating your blog or website.
Think of it like this – if things go south, what can you live with? Is last week’s version going to be enough, or you’d prefer a daily update?
Depending what external drive you choose for the location of your backups, you may have to do some additional steps and authentications. For example, Google Drive will ask you to authenticate your account, but the steps are very self-explanatory to follow.
How to restore backups
If something unthinkable happens, good news, you are now backed up regularly!
In the case that you will need to restore a backup, you can select the latest backup (or the backup version you want) from the list, and select the button Restore.
You can also click the “Upload backup files” link if you wish to upload a backup from your computer instead.
You will need to choose what you want to restore, Plugins, Themes, Uploads, Other and Database. If you need to restore your entire site, then you will choose all five.
The steps from here on out are simple, just hit Restore and follow the pop-ups and the guidance they will give you.
Backing up your blog content
Another simple tip I can give you from experience is that when writing your blog posts and page texts, write them first somewhere else, like into a Word document or a Google Docs!
So somewhere other than directly on your WordPress site.
I had to learn this simple trick the hard way, when I was typing long blog posts directly on the wordpress, and just when I was about to finish, I hit the wrong button, didn’t save, and lost it all. Duh!
Now I simply write all of my blog posts on word docs, and copy-paste from Word onto my WordPress. No more sweating about hitting wrong buttons or losing all of my text.
Congrats, you have learned how to backup your WordPress site easily, and for free too! Now go backup your site and enjoy the relaxed feeling it will give you!
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