Tutorial: Backup WordPress Site Manually or Plugins

If you have your own WordPress site, it is very important to backup it regularly. Something can always go wrong, for example when updating your site, due to problems at your hosting provider or by a hacker who breaks in. At such times it is useful to have a current backup of your WordPress site. Save this backup in different places for extra security. For example, you can save a copy on the hard drive of your laptop and save a copy on your external hard drive.

Making a WordPress backup is not complicated. However, keep in mind that the process consists of two separate parts. A backup of the WordPress files must be made on the server and a backup of your WordPress database. You can again install WordPress manually on your Cpanel.

Backup WordPress Files and Database:

By WordPress files, we mean all files that are located in the root folder on the webserver. This folder is usually called ‘public_html’ or ‘www’. The files that you will find in this root folder are WordPress installation files, plugin and theme files, images used on your website and various Javascripts and PHP scripts.

In the database, you will find all the textual content of your websites, such as posts and pages. When your database is lost, you often cannot continue with your website. It is therefore very important to make a backup here too. You can perform a WordPress backup of your database and a WordPress backup of your files in the following ways.

Make WordPress Backup via Cpanel:

Most hosting providers use a control panel with which you can manage your own hosting account. Through the control panel, you usually have the option to easily make a backup of your WordPress database and the files that are on the webserver. Ask your hosting provider if this is also possible with them. Creating a WordPress backup in this way is recommended if you want to create a daily backup that always overwrites the previous version of your site. It is better to choose a different method for backing up your entire server since this is not the most space-saving method.

Make a WordPress Backup Manually:

Creating a WordPress backup manually is also possible. However, this method takes a little more time. If you want to make a WordPress backup of your files manually, you need an FTP program; FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. An FTP program makes it possible to send files from your computer to the server and vice versa. Connect to the web server of your website by entering your FTP data. Then navigate to the folder with the files of your WordPress website that you want to back up; this folder is usually called ‘public_html’ or ‘www’. Then download all these files to your computer, and you have made a WordPress backup of your site manually.

A WordPress backup of your database can also make manually. Most hosting providers use the ‘phpMyAdmin’ program so that everyone can manage their own database. To back up your WordPress site from this database, you first need to get access to phpMyAdmin. You generally get this access through the control panel. Log in to your hosting account and search for the ‘phpMyAdmin’ link. Click on this link and enter the login details of your database here. Next, on the main screen of ‘phpMyAdmin’, click on the ‘Databases’ link and enter the name of the database that you use for your WordPress website here.

You will now see a list with all the tables that are in the database. At the top, you can click on ‘Export’. Now you see a screen where the WordPress backup of the database store. Select everything that applies to you here and then click on ‘Save as file’ at the bottom of the page and finally on ‘Go’. Downloading the database will now start automatically, after which the file can be saved in a folder on your computer and the WordPress backup of your database is complete.

Make Backup Using Plugins:

There is a wide range of WordPress backup plugins. For example, you have WordPress database backup plugins, plugins specially for backing up your files, but also plugins that do both. These backup plugins from WordPress help you to make a backup in an easy and fast way. Due to the wide range in the WordPress directory, it is sometimes difficult to make a choice. Because which ones are good now? And which ones should you not use? The following plugins are examples of popular and well-functioning WordPress backup plugins.

UpdraftPlus: With nearly one million users, this is the most popular WordPress backup plugin. UpdraftPlus offers an all-in-one solution, which means that both your files and your database are backup.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox: if you use Dropbox, this WordPress backup plugin is ideal. With this plugin, you can back up your files and your database for free.

WP Database Backup:– This WordPress backup plugin has been on the market for a while and is very user-friendly. The plugin makes it possible to send backups by e-mail or to an FTP account. If you only need a database backup, this plugin is a great choice.

WordPress Backup in Short:

It is important to make a backup of your website so that you always have a version at hand if something goes wrong. Save your backup in different places for extra security.

You can back up your WordPress website in different ways. You can create a backup via the control panel of your hosting provider, you can create a backup manually and you can also use a backup plugin for your WordPress site.

With the help of WordPress backup plugins, you can easily and quickly make a backup. Useful WordPress backup plugins are UpdraftPlus, WordPress Backup to Dropbox and WP Database Backup.