It’s important to back up your WordPress blog correctly and regularly; both for security reasons and just in case you lose your content. I also make sure to do it before updating either my theme or the WordPress version. Be Blog Smart is hosted at GoDaddy, so this tutorial will cover backing up WordPress sites with that hosting provider.
There are a few different options that allow you to save your site’s look and content, covered below.
1) WordPress has the option to export all of your site’s content through the dashboard here. Even when backing up my blog at GoDaddy, this is my “Step 1” every time. To do so, go to your Tool tab in your Dashboard and click on “export” for all content. This will download your WordPress files (all of your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus and custom posts) to your computer. Save it and get rid of any past exports that you’ve done. Should you need to upload a past export to recover information, you will go to the same tab, but “import” to do so. Read WordPress’ information on exporting here: Tools Export Screen.
- Once you’ve logged into your GoDaddy account, click the “my account” button on the top left, then go into “web hosting”.
- From there, find your blog hosting account, and click on the green “launch” button–taking you automatically into your hosting database.
- Scroll down until you see the “Settings” menu, and select “Programming Languages” within it. Select the PHP version you want to use, then click “continue”, and then “update”.
- In the “Account Snapshot” box on the right, click on “databases”.
- To the right of every database you’d like to be backed up, choose that option under the “action” button, then “ok” to start the process. Make sure to not close that window or sign out of your account until it’s completed.
- Read up more on the process before you do it! GoDaddy’s article on backing up WordPress (this article is specifically for the steps involved in upgrading WordPress, but you can certainly use their process for just saving a backup, too) is available here: “Upgrading to WordPress 3.2”
3) Invest in a backup company; one option is to pay for Jetpack’s premium feature-VaultPress. This feature is covered in my article Utilizing Jetpack: VaultPress.
4) Install a backup plugin that will automatically run and save backups for you. I tried this for awhile, but it honestly ate up far too much of my storage limit, causing my site to move far too slowly. Unless you find one that will allow your site to still load quickly, I don’t think I’d recommend this option. I have heard of others using the WordPress Database Backup (WP-DB-Backup)–but I haven’t personally given it a try yet.
Do you use a different process, plugin, or backup company? As I am constantly trying to learn more and more about WordPress, I’d love to hear your feedback and advice, too–please comment below!
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