4 Ways to Backup your WordPress Site

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Here are 4 ways to back up your WordPress (wp) website. Some are redundant and when you run into a problem you’ll want to have several options to restore your pages.

From Inside of WordPress Tools

1. Export from the tools menu
This will let you export all posts or posts by authors in an .xml file. The file is exported as an xml file and check to be sure you received the whole file. Once downloaded count to 12, then look the file in an asii editor (not your browser) for the complete closing tag </rss> . Sometimes the file does not get downloaded.

Use this before making small reversions, or to be used as a last resort for restoring a site.

2. wp-dbManager plugin,
Once installed go to your tools menu and click on backup. This plugin will back up the database and let you schedule automatic backups. Do this before changing versions. Or once a week ( or what ever).

From Outside of WordPress

1. From your ftp software (fileZilla or Core FTP Light , Free programs) create a new folder label it with a date example: Backup 100324.

Down load the wp-content folder and all the root files. This should be done before you start working on styles sheets or making any changes like themes or versions updates.

This will not copy your post or pages just additional stuff you add on: Themes, plugins, languages and etcs.

2. Back up your data base from the phpMyAdmin. Your best bet is to have your hosting company walk you through this process. It is pretty simple and painless, a redundancy of WP-DB-Backup, but worth the time if something goes wrong.

Here are 4 ways to back up your WordPress (wp) website. Some are redundant and when you run into a problem you’ll want to have several options to restore your pages.