The WordPress database contains your posts, comments and every link to the database. The database stores important information relating to your website and blogs. The chances of either losing the information or getting it corrupt from the database completely are more due to many other reasons. We do not have any control over such things for most of time. But a proper backup of the WordPress database along with the related files always help in restoring the data back to normal without much headache.
To back up the WordPress Site, you need to:
- Manually take the back up of WordPress Site and the WordPress Database
- Automatic WordPress backup options
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The WordPress Site backups are essential because problems occur inevitably and you have to take immediate action, the moment problem occurs. You can always spend few minutes in taking the backup of your database which can certainly saves your trouble in terms time and money and help you to become more productive.
Note: Take back up of your WordPress database regularly before you upgrade your WordPress.
Questions & Answers relating to the WordPress Back-up
How often one should take back up of WordPress?
The backup of the database cannot be taken only at specified time but it mainly depends on how often you use the blogs, how often you make use of the database and how often you store the data in the database. It also relates the other blogging features you use along with database. Also it is for you to decide, how safely you want to store the information.
Does the method of back up helps?
Yes. The method of backups always helps in keeping the track of the information with complete safety.
How many backups should I keep?
There is no specific rule about taking the backup any number of times and storing the information safely. But it is advisable that, if your information is highly important, huge in size and very essential to run the business then you should make three copies of your database in three different forms. You can store the backup of your database in the DVDs, Hard-drives, Pen-drives and even in your e-mail account. It is useful when the WordPress database gets corrupt,damaged or lost.
How huge the backup of database should be?
While taking the backup of the database avoid the huge form of unnecessary, unwanted and replicate information. The information in form of anti-spam and statistical formats should be avoided. Only the most essential type of information should become part of backup.
How useful are the automatic backups?
The automatic backup processes are available. Some of the useful Automatic WordPress backup processes are discussed below in automatic backup section. But it advisable to take manual backups sometimes, while using the automatic backup processes which ensures that the automatic backup is working effectively.
Backing Up Your WordPress Site:
To backup WordPress, you need to backup both database and the related files. You have to backup the WordPress site which is combined with several other server related programs. The entire WordPress site consisting of:
- WordPress Core Installation programs
- List of WordPress Plugins
- Set of WordPress Themes
- Additional Images, Files and Static Web Pages
These factors have become part of website or blog designed in various combinations. The database is collection of posts and a lot of other data generated on your site. The above given set of data does not become part of the database.
The web host service providers offer the facility to back up the entire server- including your site, but it always takes time to generate the request copy of the site from the backup. It is advisable to learn the technique of taking the backup of entire site and restoring the backup whenever needed. Some of the useful methods available for backup of the site are given below.
Web host service providers offer backup software:
The web host providers offer the software to back up your site. Check the set of backup programs and the services offered.
Creating Sync with your Site:
The useful program such as WinSCP and other related programs help you to sync your webblog / website to keep a mirror copy of the content on the server and on the hard drive. It saves your time and keeps copy of your files in both places.
Copy the entire set of Files to Your Desktop:
Use FTP Clients or UNIX Shell Skills to copy the set of WordPress files from server and store it in to the folder on your computer. Keep the files in compressed zipped format. It saves lot of space on the server and also allows you to store different versions of the files as and when changes needed to be done. Always keep at least three backups on your WordPress data which offers complete safety to the data in case, if the data is lost.
Database Backup Instructions:
The WorldPress database needs regular back up. Always keep the copy of the backup in a new location to avoid the confusion. The following given way is to help you to back up your database and in easiest way.
Use phpMyAdmin for Simple Backup
The following is a very simple version of how to use phpMyAdmin to back up your WordPress database. If you need any help then please feel free to contact me at any time. I will definitely help you.
- Open PhpMyAdmin panel and Click on Databases.
- Select the WordPress database from the list of databases, in case, if you have several databases present. Click and activate the WordPress data. It is the database you created when youinstalled WordPress.
- The image displayed the default tables in the view tab
- Click the option Export and choose the method Custom and follow the steps:
- Select all the tables displayed
- From Output section – choose the option Save output to a file and
- select Compression– If your database is needed to be compressed
- From the Format drop-down menu – select SQL
- Check the option “Add DROP TABLE” useful to over-write an existing database.
- Check the option “IF NOT EXISTS” to prevent errors while restoring the tables
- Click on option – Go to save the data in the computer.
Always store these files safe, copied and stored at separate locations using separate media.
The various plugins are available to take automatic scheduled backups of the WordPress databases. It easily manages backup collection.
The list of automatic backup plugins are available in the in the Plugin Browser on the WordPress Administration Screens or through the WordPress Plugin Directory.
List of Backup Plugins:
- Jetpack by WordPress.com
- UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
- Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin
- BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox
- WP Database Backup