WordPress is one of the largest blogging platforms. It is accessed by a variety of people from different niches. And is hence a home to knowledge and talent worldwide. Losing information from a WordPress site is like losing out a lot, at one go! Backups are hence very important. It is advisable to have a backup for your WordPress to help you restore all the information. WordPress contains files and a database. While backing up, we are supposed to back up both. There are two ways to restore your backup file. One is to use an automatic WordPress backup plugin while the other is to create a backup manually. You can create a backup of the database by yourself. And you can download your WordPress files through FTP. Since changes are made in WordPress every now and then, restoring is a big task, if performed manually. Your server or site can be hacked or might stop functioning at any time. The only thing that saves you from the trouble that follows, is a backup! There are several ways to backup your WordPress. This article highlights some of the very commonly used methods:
1. Backup your files using BackUp plugins for WordPress:
- Use BackUpBuddy:
BackupBuddy is packed with real-time backup solutions in its own Stash Service. It also provides site migration and remote storage. By BackUpBuddy, one can schedule and create partial or full backups in the following way:
Download Backupbuddy i.e importbuddy.php. Install it like any other WordPress plugins.
Configure Backupbuddy by creating a password for it. And then, providing an email address where all error notifications can be sent.
Download a copy of your backup from BackupBuddy ? Backups and choose “Complete Backups”
Once you have both importbuddy.php and backup file with you, use FTP to connect to your website.
Import both the files to your site's root folder.
Once both files are uploaded, visit importbuddy.php in your web browser.
Enter the password that you created during configuration.
Your backup file will then be unzipped and a success message will be shown on the screen.
(ii) Use VaultPress
VaultPress is a part of the JetPack plugin that offers one-click restore. It is very easy to use and also comes with real-time backup. It offers cloud backup for 30 days too. To use VaultPress:
Log in to your WordPress account.
Go to Add Plugins >> VaultPress. Click on install.
Once installed, register your site with it.
After registration, VaultPress begins it first backup automatically.
When you want to restore the backup, you just have to log in to VaultPress and click on restore.
You can select all the files, plugins you want to restore.
Once that is done, click on Prepare Backup.
After that is ready, you have to confirm the restore by clicking on “Restore Now”
Restoring your backup is hence only a few clicks away with VaultPress!
(iii) Use All-In-One WP Migrator:
All-In-One WP Migrator is not a backup plugin but a migration plugin. It is an easily restorable migration plugin which also helps in partial and full backups. The reason why this is a great plugin for backup is that the export here is at the user's convenience. Once you have logged in, backed up and exported your files, restoring them is pretty easy. Here's how you can do it:
Go to All-In-One WP Migration menu and select import.
On the import page, select the location where you want to restore your backup.
Choose a backup file you want to restore and start the import process.
A dialogue box warning you of overwriting your site with backup data appears on the screen. Choose “Proceed”
Once you have clicked on Proceed, your backup will be restored.
The amount of time taken depends on the size of your backup always.
2. Backup your files using cpanel:
Your site must have a manually created backup of WordPress database using cpanel. This backup should be done using cpanel hosting for WordPress. If you have it done already, the process is very simple.
You need to log into your Cpanel account.
Under files section, click on backup.
Under backup, choose “Restore a MySQL database backup”
Click on choose file and select the backup file. Click upload after that.
Restoration is complete after that.
3. Backup using FTP for WordPress files:
Delete all existing WordPress files and directories.
Download WordPress and extract it to your hard disk.
Launch FTP client and launch all WordPress files to your server.
After uploading WordPress files, upload a wp-config.php file from your backup.
Edit the wp-config.php file and enter your database information. Save and upload it to your website.
Upload all other files from backup.
Install all the plugins that you had used earlier for your WordPress.
Install the theme that you had used. If you had a customized WordPress builder themes, you can also restore it from backup files.
Adjust Permalinks settings to match your site properly.
Following which, your website is successfully restored.
Whether you are blogging about top wedding dresses for lesbian brides or sharing your favorite place to visit, chances of losing data always remain. And that is why you need to keep a check on your blog every now and then. You can definitely restore your backup and set up WordPress all over again using the methods stated above. But is that it? Would restoring your data end your work? Never indeed! You must also focus on making your site more secured once the restoration process in over. Change your passwords after backups. Use better security for the website. And also, schedule regular backups. Backing up data regularly for your WordPress is one great habit that you can inculcate.
MARY JONES is the co-founder & editor-in-chief at TopMyGrades which focuses on Content Marketing Strategy for clients from the Education industry in the US, Canada & UK. Mary has conducted a series of webinars for AssignmentEssayHelp. She has extensive content editing experience and has worked with MSNBC, NewsCred & Scripted. She has also authored blogs on Lifehack.org, Wn.com, Medium.com, Minds.com and many more digital publications.