A Guide on How to Backup your WordPress Site

As a website owner, you must be afraid of losing your website data? The best way to overcome your nightmare is to maintain a backup.
Every webmaster should have few backups of his/her website, so that, if in case anything goes wrong, you can recover via it.

In this tutorial, we will cover the simple methods to backup your WordPress website. Here are two reliable methods of backing up.

1. Backup WordPress Manually
2. A WordPress plugin.
3. Server backups or cPanel recovery

Backup WordPress

Backup WordPress Manually

WordPress is based on PHP and MySQL. The WordPress database can be backed up like any other database. This is one of the simplest methods in which a website owner can copy his/her files via FTP. Make sure you regularly save all the files and folders.

In case, you have multiple MySQL databases, you can check your database name in wp-config.php located in the WordPress root folder. Download the wp-config.php file and you will find database name in DB_NAME option.

WordPress Backup Plugins

There are many plugins to create a backup on the web for the WordPress users. Here you will find some of the best WordPress backup plugins, take a look.

1. VaultPress

It is an easy plugin to maintain your website backup. It is highly recommended by the developers because it keeps an update in regarding syncing of all your WordPress content, both regularly and in real time. This plugin makes it easy to review and fix threats.

It provides FTP or SSH information and automatically restore a backup to your site.

Best out of VaultPress:

– It monitors backup activity in real-time
– VaultPress scans the website regularly for potentially dangerous files and suspicious changes.
– Reviews the suspicious code and fix the most common threats with a simple button click.
– Restores Backups Automatically


2. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is also a great WordPress backup plugin. It allows the website owner to create a backup of your WordPress site completely and store it on the cloud. The plugin offers to store backup into your chosen location. It has the premium version with additional features and add-ons.

The major drawback of Updraftplus is that it has a cluttered user interface notwithstanding great features. For beginners, it can be difficult to locate some options they want.

Best features of UpdraftPlus:

– Multi-site compatible (i.e. WPMU/WordPress Network)
– Database backups can be encrypted for security
– Backs up files and databases on separate plans


3. BackupWordPress

BackupWordPress is a comprehensive WordPress backup plugin with automatic scheduling comfort. It helps the user to create different schedules about files and database. The disadvantage of this plugin is that the free version of it does not allow the website owners to store backups to a cloud storage service.

Best features of BackupWordPress are:

– It has easy setup, thus simple to use
– Can manage multiple schedules
– Can email the backup files personally
– For faster backups it uses zip and MySQL dump
– It serves on Linux as well as Windows Server
– Translate in various foreign languages like German, Serbian, Chinese, Romanian, Lithuanian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, French, Russian, Basque.


4. CodeGuard

CodeGuard is also one of the highly rated automated cloud backup services providers. It maintains the daily backups of the website
and store it in offsite cloud servers. It is very simple to use, with a one-click option to download.

CodeGuard works well on all website platforms, not merely WordPress. It is an excellent choice for freelancers because their higher plans allow for multiple sites making the overall cost per backup significantly lower.

Best Features of CodeGuard are:

– It connects your website giving the website owners useful information like SFTP/FTP/MySQL.
– Monitors daily for changes.
– Can restore your site or database to any previous backup version


5. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is the most popular plugin for WordPress users to create a backup. It allows users to schedule backups daily, weekly, or monthly and store them in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash.

The best part of out of BackupBuddy is that it does not have a subscription-based service. The website owner can use the plugin on many sites.


# Server backups or cPanel

Server backups or cPanel

cPanel is a web-based hosting control panel. It provides the website owners to manage their sites from a web-based interface. cPanel gives users a graphical interface from which they can monitor their portion of the Unix server. It accessed using on port 2083 or simply by adding “/panel” to the end of the hostname. Creating backups are one of the popular features of cPanel apart from databases management, domain names, and mail accounts.

cPanel makes it easy for users to manage their hosting with little or no technical knowledge of web hosting. If your web hosting account is under 500Mb, you can perform a full account backup just with one click. But, if the account is too larger than 500Mb then databases should be backed up separately.

To begin with backup log into your cPanel account and click on files section and then on Backups. Then on backups page click on to restore a MySQL database for backup. Now select the file and then the backup file from your hard disk. Once finished, click start uploading.

There are various plugins which create automatic backups of your WordPress database. So you can relax and free from maintaining back-ups now and then. Apart from plugins, I have also mentioned two useful methods for creating a backup. So, according to your time, energy and money decide for is best for you and move on.

Author Bio – This guest post is written by Kaira Clark, a Web developer at Xicom Technologies Ltd. In this avant grade IT space you need to look App Developers for Hire that not only are highly skilled but also stay abreast to the latest advancements. Along with development, Kaira likes sharing her web experience via blogging and reading what others have to share.

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