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How to Back Up Your WordPress Website

Just as you value the data on your computer, the data across your entire WordPress site is also very important. Therefore, like backing up your computer, backing up your WordPress site should be a no brainer. If you don’t back up your site, everything could be lost forever, including comments, content, media, graphics, and more. There’s always the possibility your site will crash, so don’t take the chance and make backing up your WordPress site a habit. Keep in mind the more active your site is (a popular blog with multiple posts a day, for example) needs to be backed up more often. Maybe even every day!

While backing up your WordPress site sounds intimidating and like a lot of work, it doesn’t have to be a painful process. There are multiple options you can use including cPanel, your FTP client or some WordPress plugins to keep your files safe.

WordPress Backup Using cPanel

cPanel is a great tool to use for backing up your WordPress site. Most major hosting companies, including Endless Range Marketing, use cPanel as their hosting control panel.

To access cPanel, just type in yourdomain.com/cpanel.

backup-cpanelOnce you are within cPanel, look for the ‘Backups’ icon which is normally located under the files tab. Within this page you have a few backup options, but do to a WordPress backup you need to do a FULL backup. This will save your mySQL information, the archive, and all your WordPress information. So, make sure you generate and download a full backup. Simply click the ‘Generate/Download a Full Backup’ and enter in the basic information.

The backup location should be set to ‘Home Directory’ but double check that it is. This ensures that the file backup is in the home (root) directory on your website serve. You can also add your email address and you will be sent a notification when your site has finished backing up. Note: the more complex and active your site, the longer the backup process takes. And that’s it! Backing up your WordPress site using cPanel is an easy process. You can also download your completed backup to your computer using the file manager.

WordPress Backup Using FTP

If you want to copy your site to your computer, instead of onto the website’s server, you need to use the FTP method. Many webmasters will use FTP, as it is a fast and convenient way to back up sites and transfer files.

The easiest way to do this is to use an FTP client (or program), and use that to download your WordPress files to your hard drive. One of the best ones out there is FileZilla, and it’s free. Once you have successfully downloaded FileZilla on your computer, open the program and enter your ftp login information, your username and your password. All this information should be in one of the initial emails you received when you signed up for hosting.  You can also find the information in your cPanel as well.

Then hit the “Quick Connect” button to connect to your site.

FileZilla-BackupAfter successfully connecting, your website files should show on the right hand side of the FileZilla program. The files on the left side of the screen show your computer files. You job now is to navigate to the directory for your WordPress site, and then simply copy and paste or drag and drop which files you want to transfer.

You can usually find your WordPress website under the file “public_html”. You will recognize the WordPress files by seeing the folders “wp-admin”, “wp-content” and “wp-includes”. If you are doing a complete backup, you will want to copy over all of the files in the directory, or folder, that these 3 files are in.

When you’re done, make sure to click the red X button to sign out. With this method you will still need to backup your database, which can be done under the backup button in cPanel, but this time you only need to click on the name of your WordPress database to download it.

WordPress Backup Plugins

If you are looking for an easier option to backup your WordPress content, there are a number of WordPress backup plugins to ensure your site is always kept up to date. Below are a few of the best free plugins:

1. BackupToDropbox: This is a neat tool that allows you to send your backup file right to your Dropbox (also a free program to share files). While this is a great feature for any Dropbox lover, note that storage space might be a concern with this method.

2. BackupWordPress: This is probably the best tool for WordPress beginners and novices. It’ll backup your entire site and send to you via email.

3. BackWPup: This plugin is packed with features for more experienced WordPress users. It can backup to most major 3rd party storage providers or allows you to download files in many compressed formats.

Hopefully these instructions help you backup your WordPress site and save you the nightmare of having all of your hard work disappear overnight. If you have any questions or need some help regarding backup or restoring your website, feel free to contact us.

1 Comment

  1. File Manager Permission System on April 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Atlas,

    It was really a good post. It will help me to standardize my themes and be with the current good practices.

    It would have been very good if you could post the how to get WordPress Security Plugins.

    Thanks a lot

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