WordPress Backup – The Ultimate Guide • WordPress Help

It is quite common to suffer disasters with a blog for having touched what we should not have in PHPMyAdmin , have deleted some important file of the installation of WordPress or even of our entries. But the problem is not to mess up but to have the possibility of recovering your blog as it was before the error .

And it's your responsibility to make backups in the usual way as often as you can, because that alone will allow you to return your blog to a situation before the disaster.

We will see in this guide the methods available for backup each with its advantages and disadvantages . I hope not to bore you, and if you learn something and someday save you from an upset I will be satisfied.

We will divide the guide into several sections:

  1. Manual backup of entries
  2. Automatic backup of entries
  3. Manual backup of the database
  4. Manual backup of your files
  5. Full automatic backup

1. Manual backup of tickets

Although we already saw part of the process when Guillermo told us about how to backup your entries in WordPress.com we will see it again to have a complete guide and everything together. [19659003] This process is done from the window of your administration panel " Manage -> Export " and what it does is save a copy in XML format of all your entries, comments and categories. Subsequently, and from " Manage -> Import " you could restore that file in case of disaster and thus not lose your writings, the most important thing.

You will be able to export the entries of all blog editors or one by one, interesting if you have many entries and want to avoid import problems in case you have to recover them. I say this because the size of the import file has a limit of bytes and time used for the import, and if your blog is veteran or you write a lot you could find some problem when importing your entries.

The most important thing about this method is that you acquire the routine of exporting your tickets every day .

Advantages

  • The process is fast and secure
  • ] You save the most important information of your blog (written material, comments, categories)

Disadvantages

  • It is a manual process, you have to remember to do it
  • It does not save the images associated with your entries, only the links to the same
  • You lose all the data of use of your blog (statistics, surveys – any information stored by the plugins)
  • Do not save your template or customized files for you

2. Automatic ticket backup

If you want to avoid the inconvenience of method 1 of having to remember to export your tickets, you can use web 2.0 services that allow you to make automatic backup copies of your blog posts.

  • BlogBackupr ] – The service works with blogs on Blogger, WordPress and WordPress.com, and makes a daily copy of your entries so you can export it or restore it. The export option offers you several formats: RSS, Text and HTML . In the case of blogs in WordPress, it also stores comments and categories . It still does not make copies of images and templates but they will include these features soon. The system stores your information in a safe 256-bit AES session a whole guarantee. I have tried the system and it works really well, allowing you to forget about the action of regularly exporting posts from your blog what really matters, to let BlogBackupr do it for you.
  • BlogBackupOnline – This service supports several blog platforms, the only drawback is that in the free version we only have 5 Mb of storage for our entries . Copies are made daily and there is no limit to the number of blogs or you have to take care of anything, you configure it and makes a daily copy.

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Advantages

  • Fully automatic process of daily backups
  • You can download your imported entries in various formats
  • Save the most important information of your blog (written material, comments, categories)

Disadvantages

  • Do not save the images associated with your entries, only the links to them
  • ] You can only use the XML format to import it in case of need of restoration
  • You lose all the data of use of your blog (statistics, surveys – any information stored by the plugins)
  • Do not save your template or customized files by ti

3. Manual backup of the database

In every accommodation that you contract you will have a screen for the management of the databases created, and it is normal that you do it through PHPMyAdmin the application of SQL management by antonomasia.

Once you access the manager, you must choose the database to be backed up from the drop-down bar on the left, once you do it will show you a listing with all the tables in the database. There you will see several generated by the installation of WordPress and others that generate the plugins you install.

Well, at the top you have the access you are looking for, the button " Export ". If you click on it, it will open a window full of available options, such as export format, structure and many other things that you should not touch if you do not know what you are doing. The only thing you need to make sure is marked is the export format (SQL) and gzip compression for compatibility and to speed up the download of the file.

The process of backing up the database can also be done with the help of plugins, here are the main ones:

  • WP-DBManager This plugin of my favorite programmers (Lesterchan). The process is slow but complete. You must bear in mind that sometimes you may have problems with your server permissions, if so ask your provider to enable them.
  • WP-DB-Backup : It is one of the most popular plugins since a time came included by default in the installation of WordPress. It is very complete although it takes a long time to make the copy as well.

Advantages

  • Save all the data of use of your blog (statistics, surveys – any information stored by the plugins)
  • You save the most important information of your blog (written material, comments, categories)

Disadvantages

  • It is a manual process, you have to remember to do it
  • Do not save the images associated with your entries, only the links to them
  • Do not save your template or files customized by you

4. Manual backup of your files

In this section we refer to the fact of downloading the important folders and files of your WordPress installation.

It will depend on much of the level of personalization of your blog but the folders and files that you should never endorse are these:

  • Full wp-content folder – Includes plugins, template, uploaded files and customizations of them.
  • File wp-config.php – In this file is Access information to your database and some customizations that you may have made. It is not essential since this information is available in your hosting panel but it is recommended.
  • File .htaccess – In it is quite usual to include customizations related to permanent links, redirects, allowed and prohibited accesses , etc.
  • Any other file and folder to which you link from your blog or that you have customized (personalized login screen, download file, etc.)

The process is to use your FTP client to download the files to your computer, and upload them again if you need to recover your blog.

Advantages

  • You save plugins, the template and any file that you have customized
  • You save all the images associated with your entries

Disadvantages

  • You do not save the important thing (your posts, comments and categories)
  • You lose all the data of us or from your blog (statistics, surveys – any information stored by the plugins)

5. Full automatic backup

As you can see, none of the above processes guarantees a complete copy of your blog for a total restoration in the event of a disaster. To do this you must combine several methods specifically; any of the methods 1,2 and 3 in conjunction with the 4.

If you want a full backup you must join the copy of entries, comments, categories, files and information stored in the tables of the database. For this there are several methods, here you have them:

  • Ask your hosting provider to do the backup – Most of the time it will be the best solution, and you should not dismiss it. Almost all hosting providers perform scheduled backups of the hosted sites. If this is your case, ask for a copy of the databases and full folder where you have WordPress hosted daily
  • BackUpWordpress : This is a very complete plugin that gives you the possibility to configure it for to perform the backup tasks automatically. Back up the database and the files of your blog.

Advantages

  • Complete copy of your blog (entries, tables, files)
  • Automatic processes – you do not have to remember to do the backup, programs and ready

Disadvantages

  • Hosting provider does not always make full copies, and less every day.
  • Copies made by the hosting provider will take longer to restore them than if you did it in the moment – you have to wait for it to recover.
  • You have to be aware of the plugin updates in case of a WordPress version change.
  • You may need to enable extra permissions on the server if you use the plugin. [19659080] Well, that's it, as you have been able to verify there are several ways to make a full or partial copy of your WordPress blog, and only the experience and your planning capacity will mark the method to use.

    Personally I opto by a combination of several of these processes that, for your reference, I detail:

    • Daily manual backup of the entries exporting from the administration panel.
    • Weekly manual backup of WordPress files and folders ( in case of backup modifications just after the change made)
    • Weekly manual backup of the database from PHPMyAdmin.
    • My hosting provider saves I make daily copies of databases and everything

    It may seem too much but it has saved me from some displeasure.

    NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Automatic Backup of your Blog

I have discovered an online utility that allows you to do c security opias of your blog in an unattended way without needing to remember when to do it. It is called BlogBackupr .

To access the service you must register, and once done you can add as many blogs as you want, which will be backed up. All you need is that your blog has RSS .

The service works with blogs on Blogger, WordPress and WordPress.com, and daily copies of your posts so you can export it or restore it. The export option offers you several formats: RSS, Text and HTML . In the case of blogs in WordPress, it also stores comments and categories .

It still does not make copies of images and templates but they will include these features soon.

The system stores your information in a safe 256-bit AES session a full guarantee. I have tried the system and it works really well, allowing you to forget about the action of regularly exporting posts from your blog what really matters, to let BlogBackupr do it for you.

A joy of service, essential to all of them.