Here is how to backup your WordPress site.
What Is a WordPress Website Backup?
A backup is a copy of the files needed for your website. This includes the core files for WordPress, any plugins or additions you made to the site, and a copy of the database that it uses to store information. In essence, it is a snapshot of your website that you can use to restore it if something happens to the files on the server.
This is critical for WordPress, especially if you have an online store. WordPress stores all of its data (posts, page content, pictures, user accounts, etc.) in a central database. If this database is changed in the wrong way or deleted, your website will break. If you have a backup of your site, you can restore the damaged parts or replace everything to get your site back online right away.
Tools You Can Use
There are many tools you can use to backup your WordPress website. Many web hosts have specialized platforms for this. For example, IDm Hosting provides WordPress hosting and automatically creates backup files regularly so that you don’t have to.
Your web host should have a method to let you backup your data manually. If your host uses cPanel as its dashboard, then this feature exists. You will have to go to the two programs that WordPress uses, called PHPMyAdmin and MySQL (there are other options, but these are the most common), and download the database and the rest of the files manually. This is only recommended if you are used to working in the backend of web hosting platforms or if you have no other options.
IDM Hosting Retail Plan doesn’t include Backend access. However we provide daily backups for all accounts on the servers.
Before You Begin
Before you begin this process, decide which method works best for you. Check with your host to see if there is an existing backup file and if you can download it. Also, you need a place to store the backup files. You can download it straight to your computer. However, businesses may want to have an external hard drive to save backup files to. You also want to keep at least the three most recent copies of the backup, so that you have multiple options for restoring your website.
Ways to Backup Your WordPress Website
There are several ways to backup your WordPress website. Here is how you can do it.
Remember, this is a process for people who have some experience working on website backends. If you are unsure of any of these steps, stop and ask your host for help.
To do a manual backup, start by logging into your hosting platform. This is not the WordPress site that your website sits on, but the administrative system that your web host has. Once you are logged in, look for a backup program in the list of available tools. If your host has one, you can use it to download the latest backup file. If you don’t see one, then look for a program like PHPMyAdmin and MySQL. Usually, they will have the words “PHP” or “SQL” in the title. Open each one separately and download the files there.
Alternatively, you can use an FTP manager to access the website files you need. FileZilla is a common option. You will need the FTP information for your site, which is on the hosting platform. Once you can give FileZilla FTP access to your site, download everything that is in the main file for your web host. Make sure you don’t delete anything.
If you are going to use the plugin, then use the plugin installer in WordPress on the plugins tab. It will take you to the plugin store, where you can search for and download the plugin. Much of the process is automatic, so it will be quick and easy. Once you have the plugin installed, activate it and follow the instructions from the manufacturer. It will usually be as simple as pushing the backup button in the plugin’s interface.
Hosting Site Automatic Backup
Similar to doing a manual backup, log into your hosting account. Look for the tool that the host has for automatic backups. When you open it, it should give you an option to download the backup files. If you have any questions, reach out to your host for assistance.
It is important to backup your site regularly. Thankfully, WordPress and hosts like IDM Hosting make it much easier to do so. Make sure you keep several copies of your latest backup files to so that you can recover in case of a problem.