WordPress is the most popular content management system. Most of the professional bloggers use WordPress. We all know that WordPress is best blogging platform. WordPress is also very flexible and we can use it for any kind of website need. It does not matter which kind of website or blog we have, we all should do regular backup of our blog and website to avoid disaster. We never know when hacker hack into our website and delete the whole data. Sometimes server crashes and webmasters lose all their data. So we must know how to backup our website. In this post you will learn how to backup a WordPress website properly.
WordPress website is composed of files and database. So we must know how to backup files and how to backup database.
How to backup WordPress files
We can either backup WordPress files from the hosting panels (cpanel/parallel plesk) or use ftp client to download files direct from the website. To take backup from FTP, you can use FileZilla. It is free and works fine. But you need to create an FTP account first from your hosting panel. Download all files in your local hard drive. If you are not sure about the files, you should backup public-html folder.
You can also take the help of your web host for taking regular backup and helping you in setting up an ftp account in case you are facing any problem.
If your web hosting provider fails to help you, it is the time to change your host. You should always select best WordPress web host for the success of your website.
How to backup WordPress Database
Database is the most important part of the website which must be protect. So we need regular backup for this. There are many backup plugins available. We can use WP Database Optimizer Tools Plugin. This plugin allows users to optimize database, repair, Backup and restore database.
After installation, this plugin adds a menu in the left menu panel. To take backup, select DB Backup. By default, all WordPress tablets are selected. You can also take additional tables used by your websites plugin.
Although, this plugin works fine, but it lacks automatic backup. For this we can use Wp-DBManager that allows users to schedule automatic backup of your WordPress blog’s database. This plugin optimize, repair, backup, restore, delete backup, , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.
These are the must have plugins for WordPress blog owners.
You can also use your hosting panel to take backup of your blog’s database. Either go to MySQL manager or use PhpMyAdmin to execute backup of your blog’s database.
In case you still have problem in setting up a backup of your blog, you can hire me for this job.