WordPress Backup Choices

By March 23, 2016Wordpress Plugins
Backing Up Wordpress Websites

For the bloggers out there whose engagement with their audience is everything, any obstacles to their communication can be a real problem. So you need to make sure that you have a wordpress backup of all your posts both locally and somewhere else, other than on your host, in case your sites server goes down or you get hacked.

It could seem like a problem that you would rarely face – losing an entire website and all the work that has gone into making it, but it is more common than you might think. Have you ever had that moment working on any kind of document or report where you are distracted and click exit on your work before saving? Or the computer freezes on you before you have even named your file, after creating some important new text or code? For those of us who work with Google Drive a lot we can get out of the habit of regularly saving our work, because of it’s regular autosave function. Of course, when you are working on a website and blogging or uploading your photo’s or videos into a work gallery you know you have to Save Your Drafts regularly for this reason but I bet you have still lost some time through an unresponsive browser crash, site error or some similar thing. Aaargh! Frustrating right?

When you have a regular backup for your sites you can rest easy knowing that even if your server got hacked, your website would still be safe because you have a copy of it elsewhere. We can look after all that side of your business websites so you just need to concentrate on producing great content for your readers. But if you want to go DIY and do it yourself then here are a few tips on making a good choice.

WordPress Backup Plugins

There are a number of both free and paid wordpress back-up plugins and these include the following:

Free

  • WP DB Backup – 400,000 installs and is updated pretty regularly. This is an on-demand database backup.
  • Duplicator – Very popular and you can clone and backup your entire site with it too. Free or Paid 1 year licence.
  • blogvault – A wordpress backup plugin that you can set to automatically do a daily backup to your hard drive.
  • BackWPup – Free backup solution that also lets you check over or repair your databases if needed.

Paid

  • BackupBuddy – A one year licence will cost you between $80 and $150 a year. Automatic full site backups
  • VaultPress – A one year subscription runs to $299 for the one with the best features on it.

Free is good if you are on a budget or you don’t really care about your website being lost, but the paid backup services for wordpress are better if you have a business or client site that needs to be online all the time.

WordPress Backup Without Plugins

The thing with managing a wordpress site is that they can get quite large in terms of the storage requirements on the server. There are advantages to not having extra plugins if you can get away with it as it will make the server run better. Some wordpress hosting services will offer an option of backups – usually a paid option for regular automatic backups to a different location than the server the site is already on.

If you want to do it yourself and you are on a Cpanel host then you can do a cpanel backup which will cover the whole site including theme files, plugins and all content in 3 quick and easy steps.
Wordpress Backup Choices

  1. Once you log in to your cpanel look for the files section which should be the third section down.
  2. Click the Backup Wizard then choose Partial Backup.
  3. Back up each of these sections in turn i)Home Directory, ii)MySQL Databases and iii)Emails and Filters.

That’s it. You’ll now have your site backed up and the files will be on your hard drive of your computer or you can put them onto an external pen drive or disc. It’s not automatically done on a daily basis like you would get with a service, but it is fairly easy to do – you just have to remember to do it regularly.

If you get stuck with backing up your wordpress site then you can take the option of paid assistance from us and then we will look after that every day for you, so you can look after the running of your business.  A free migration to our recommended host is available with our professional plan, which is also fully optimised for running WordPress sites and is currently available with a 15% discount. Take a look here.