Noobie Question: How to backup my Wordpress blog?

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  • Profile picture of the author joefizz
    Hi Rene

    Use a Wordpress Plug in to do it. Search for 'Online Backup for Wordpress' by Backup Technology and follow the instructions.

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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Rene,

    If you have access to your cpanel, then you can also do a full backup of your website through that.

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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Db backup - several plugins, search on wordpress for them.
    Full backup - Go into cpanel and click on backups.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    WPTwin. That's the way to do it quickly and easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I prefer to do it like this:

    In your cpanel go to > File Manager
    Go to your blog in File Manager
    Use Select All to select all files
    Then choose Compress, check zip format and give it a name
    It will create a zip file of all of your blog files.
    Download that to a folder on your hard drive
    Then to to phpMyadmin and go to the database for the blog
    Export the database to the same folder on your hard drive

    You now have a complete copy of the blog on your hard drive. Something happens and you can't access your host or the blog gets hacked or something, you're good to go with a good copy.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArielT
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I prefer to do it like this:

      In your cpanel go to > File Manager
      Go to your blog in File Manager
      Use Select All to select all files
      Then choose Compress, check zip format and give it a name
      It will create a zip file of all of your blog files.
      Download that to a folder on your hard drive
      Then to to phpMyadmin and go to the database for the blog
      Export the database to the same folder on your hard drive

      You now have a complete copy of the blog on your hard drive. Something happens and you can't access your host or the blog gets hacked or something, you're good to go with a good copy.
      Your answer sounds good to me, but I'm curious why do you preffer that way instead of using a plug in?
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by ArielT View Post

        Your answer sounds good to me, but I'm curious why do you preffer that way instead of using a plug in?
        I bought WPTwin. It failed several times and I gave up on it. I want a copy of my sites and their databases on my hard drive, independent of hosting. If for some reason, the host suspended my account, I just open a new account, upload the zip file, unzip it, create the database and import it and I'm back up and running in around 15 minutes time.

        I used Backup Buddy also. It also failed to make a backup and restore the site to another domain.

        Someone sold me some sites and was using a plugin. Doing it my way, transfer of the sites would have taken no more than 15 minutes each site. His plugin failed to do the job. Six days later, he finally gets the plugin to cooperate.

        Automation isn't always the best answer.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
          Originally Posted by WillR View Post

          I agree. I think cPanel backups of Wordpress are a little old school.

          Just saying...
          Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

          I bought WPTwin. It failed several times and I gave up on it. I want a copy of my sites and their databases on my hard drive, independent of hosting. If for some reason, the host suspended my account, I just open a new account, upload the zip file, unzip it, create the database and import it and I'm back up and running in around 15 minutes time.

          I used Backup Buddy also. It also failed to make a backup and restore the site to another domain.

          Someone sold me some sites and was using a plugin. Doing it my way, transfer of the sites would have taken no more than 15 minutes each site. His plugin failed to do the job. Six days later, he finally gets the plugin to cooperate.

          Automation isn't always the best answer.
          ^This. As for everyone saying the cPanel backup is wasting time, or too many steps, old school etc... just remember that it's backing up the entire account:

          databases
          files
          emails
          email accounts
          DNS settins
          mail forwarders/mx records
          subdomains
          addon domains
          cron jobs
          error logs
          traffic stats
          redirects
          ftp accounts

          the list goes on. While it might not be the easiest, I have yet to see a Wordpress backup do all of this.

          Sure, it might not be automatic, but it should be done at least once a week. It's a full account backup. Should something go wrong, you can restore the ENTIRE account...files, emails, dns databases, users etc.

          There are also scripts that can be written & executed by a cron job. In addition to that, there's services such as Backomatic that will allow you to automate backups using your cPanel login. It' secure, we used to provide this for our customers. When you start to get into the TB's of data, Backomatic gets extremely expensive.

          You can also use rsync to run backups via ssh/ftp.
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        • Profile picture of the author ArielT
          Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

          I bought WPTwin. It failed several times and I gave up on it. I want a copy of my sites and their databases on my hard drive, independent of hosting. If for some reason, the host suspended my account, I just open a new account, upload the zip file, unzip it, create the database and import it and I'm back up and running in around 15 minutes time.

          I used Backup Buddy also. It also failed to make a backup and restore the site to another domain.

          Someone sold me some sites and was using a plugin. Doing it my way, transfer of the sites would have taken no more than 15 minutes each site. His plugin failed to do the job. Six days later, he finally gets the plugin to cooperate.

          Automation isn't always the best answer.
          Yes, seems to me like doing it manually is much better, I don't trust much plug ins, and I've read that might turn a site slower, (altohugh not sure)

          Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Gec
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I prefer to do it like this:

      In your cpanel go to > File Manager
      Go to your blog in File Manager
      Use Select All to select all files
      Then choose Compress, check zip format and give it a name
      It will create a zip file of all of your blog files.
      Download that to a folder on your hard drive
      Then to to phpMyadmin and go to the database for the blog
      Export the database to the same folder on your hard drive

      You now have a complete copy of the blog on your hard drive. Something happens and you can't access your host or the blog gets hacked or something, you're good to go with a good copy.
      I do that too. I would just add: after downloading, DO remember to delete the zip file from the server. Not sure if anybody can or figure out that the zip file is there, but if they do, anyone can download it. And guess what it contains? Your mySQL database password among others.
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    • Profile picture of the author huskieswin
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I prefer to do it like this:

      In your cpanel go to > File Manager
      Go to your blog in File Manager
      Use Select All to select all files
      Then choose Compress, check zip format and give it a name
      It will create a zip file of all of your blog files.
      Download that to a folder on your hard drive
      Then to to phpMyadmin and go to the database for the blog
      Export the database to the same folder on your hard drive

      You now have a complete copy of the blog on your hard drive. Something happens and you can't access your host or the blog gets hacked or something, you're good to go with a good copy.
      Thanks for the sequence. I have wondered how to do it like this for a long time.

      I do have a question though about the select all step.

      I use bluehost and when I go to the file manager in my cpanel, the first window asks me to make a choice among 4 things. They are:

      Home Directory
      Web Root
      Public FTP Root
      Document Root

      I have to select one of these to move on and there is no select all option. Which do I pick?

      Thanks ahead of time!
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  • Profile picture of the author athusbangk
    Back up frequently, Start by installing the free Backup Wordpress Plugin from the WordPress codex.
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  • Profile picture of the author whyu76
    Hi,

    You can go to your blog's admin, in tools section, you can export all you content to your backup folder.

    Hope this help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisha5684
    I think it's better to use a plugin that will do it automatically periodically, than doing it manually through the cpanel because then you will have to constantly remember to back up your blog. By using an automated plugin it will just be a one time thing. Set it and forget it.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by Lisha5684 View Post

      I think it's better to use a plugin that will do it automatically periodically, than doing it manually through the cpanel because then you will have to constantly remember to back up your blog. By using an automated plugin it will just be a one time thing. Set it and forget it.
      I agree. I think cPanel backups of Wordpress are a little old school.

      Just saying...
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    Hi Rene,

    I believe our fellow Warriors have shared a lot of useful pieces of information. I just did a search on Google and here's what may help you.


    I hope this helps, Rene.


    Originally Posted by reneSmilez View Post

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  • Profile picture of the author shawoon98
    This is not a newbie question at all. It'd be newbie if you'd already bought a plugin from somewhere which is completely free to download and ready to use then asked the question.

    Anyways, I loved WordPress › BackWPup « WordPress Plugins Becuase of many handy features like it can save the backup directly to your amazon s3 server.

    Also try others and see which one is better for you. I suggest to use a subdomain only for plugin testing purpose. Because if your money site crashes while trying the backup plugin...it'll be funny...

    Hope that helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    Go to word press forum or ask their support. you can get the detail information dude.
    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author MaggieDavid
    Wow! Good advice given to you my everyone above, cannot give anything different. Well done though for backing it up! Many don't.
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  • Profile picture of the author zamzung
    I'm using WP-DB-backup plugin for that... You can do a lot with this plugin, and even get your backups emailed to you on schedule... That works pretty good for me...
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    Can I just add, don't just back up your blogs.

    Test re-uploading them to a spare/test domain to make sure you can a) actually do it and b) make sure you're backing them up correctly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Originally Posted by Big Al View Post

      Can I just add, don't just back up your blogs.

      Test re-uploading them to a spare/test domain to make sure you can a) actually do it and b) make sure you're backing them up correctly.
      This is excellent advice A backup won't do you any good unless you know how to and can actually restore your blog from your backup.

      I know in the WSO forum Robert Plank has a backup plugin for sale. I don't know anything about it, but I know its less than 10 dollars.
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  • Profile picture of the author BAC
    Never use any wp plugin for backup your wordpress. Only zip your public html folders and files of websites you want to backup and then export your mysql database. This what we called original backup!

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  • Profile picture of the author JerryKuzma
    It is amazing how many WP experts you can find by posting simple thread......

    I personally agree with a FULL cpanel backup, done weekly.

    All the best,

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    • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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      Yeah, I have been just told to back-up everything a few minutes ago. In a few minutes, back-up was done. My question is, can we schedule this process of backing-up so it is done automatically without the need to login to CPanel and push that 'back-up' button?

      Originally Posted by JerryKuzma View Post

      It is amazing how many WP experts you can find by posting simple thread......

      I personally agree with a FULL cpanel backup, done weekly.

      All the best,

      Jerry K
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  • Profile picture of the author TeamTCW
    It would be good if you back up it on your hosting server rather than backing up on WP.
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    • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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      As far as I know, the only way to back up your site is through your CPanel. Is there a back-up feature or option from within the WordPress Admin?

      Originally Posted by TeamTCW View Post

      It would be good if you back up it on your hosting server rather than backing up on WP.
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  • Profile picture of the author andersvinther
    A couple of important points about WordPress backup:
    - backup both WordPress files and database
    - store your backups outside your hosting account
    - schedule them to run automatically (you need a great backup strategy)
    - test that you can restore your site from the backup before you need it

    I've described a good mix of daily, weekly and monthly backups with auto-deletion of old backup archives in my WordPress Backup article.

    And here you can read about restoring your site from the backup: How To Restore A WordPress Site - The WordPress Security Checklist
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    • Profile picture of the author madelyndon
      Originally Posted by andersvinther View Post

      A couple of important points about WordPress backup:
      - backup both WordPress files and database
      - store your backups outside your hosting account
      - schedule them to run automatically (you need a great backup strategy)
      - test that you can restore your site from the backup before you need it

      I've described a good mix of daily, weekly and monthly backups with auto-deletion of old backup archives in my WordPress Backup article.

      And here you can read about restoring your site from the backup: How To Restore A WordPress Site - The WordPress Security Checklist

      Hi, I just commented on your site but had to say it here too, your step by step instructions were great! It made it so easy, even for a newbie. I saved that page and the restoring page, for future use. I advise any newbie thinking about backing up their wp site, to actually do it and go to his link above. I'm telling you, it didn't take that long and I was so shocked when I tested it and everything was there. Thanks again, glad you shared that!
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