Hey, it’s Hoz with a brand new WordPress tips and tricks episode, and in today’s episode, I’m going to show you how to backup WordPress – or rather I’m going to show you how I back up my WordPress websites.
Now, there’s a ton of plugins some of them very popular, many of which I’ve used over the years, and I’ve never quite been taken by any of these backup plugins. Some of them are very bulky and a lot of them are overly and needlessly complicated.
But that all changed for me about a year ago, when I came across a plugin that I love and I’ve been using ever since to backup WordPress sites when I need to do work on them.
Here's what we're going to be covering...
- 1 My Choice of Plugin for Backing Up Your WordPress Site & Database
My Choice of Plugin for Backing Up Your WordPress Site & Database
For those of you who don’t have a host that backs up on the hour, I would definitely recommend taking care of your own backups (most WordPress hosts seem to backup once a day, which for me is not enough, especially since you’re not guaranteed a successful restore (and yes, this has happened to me in the past…).
My choice of plugin is called All in One WP Migration. In the video, you’ll see me search for it in my WP admin area and you’ll note that it has a very distinctive icon, so you should easily recognise it in future whenever you need to install it on a WordPress site.
This is the Plugin I Use To Backup My WordPress Blogs
This plugin is truly an all-in-one, as it takes care of my backups and also migrations.
The plugin has its own segment in the WP admin menu. In the video, you’ll watch me install the plugin and then go to its menu segment, where you’ll see in the popout the following choices:
One very cool benefit of this plugin, aside from the fact that it backups up your WordPress site, is the fact that you can restore a backup should you need to by importing it via the import screen. From thereon, the plugin takes care of the restoration for you.
Another very sexy feature is the fact that you can replace text on your wp database during the process of creating the backup. This is handy if you’re migrating a WordPress site.
You also have an Advanced Options section, where you can actually opt out of backing up certain tables from your database, such as:
- spam comments (why would you want to back those up!)
- post revisions (you don’t want to back those up – in fact, you need to clean those up. You can check out my how to optimize your WordPress database episode to see how to clean up those post revisions)
Once the plugin is done, you can export the backup WordPress file to your computer. The plugin will prompt you to do this (so don’t worry, you won’t miss it).
It will also keep a copy of the backup on the actual website, which is handy should you need to do a quick restore. You can also download the stored backup at any point, should you need to.
But this is where the stored backup really comes into play: you can now get to work on your website, and should the worst happen, you can simply head on back to the plugin’s Backup screen, select the stored backup and restore your WordPress site in 1 click. How awesome is that?
Of course, this is providing that you have access to your WP admin despite the screw-up.
But what if you needed to restore your site?
As long as you backup WordPress via this plugin and you have a copy of the backup file, you can simply follow the steps below to get recover your site:
- delete your site
- install a fresh copy of WordPress
- install the all in one plugin
- import the backup
Does This Backup Method Allow You to Restore The WordPress Site?
Yep. One of the reasons I love this plugin so much is because it enables me to restore a backup with just a click. Back in the day, I used to backup WordPress manually (mostly due to paranoia) and I’ve since tried my fair share of backup plugins… and this one gets my top recommendation.
Conclusion: Backup WordPress With This Plugin
This is how I back up my WordPress websites today. It’s super easy, there is no needless complication, there is no bulkiness. It works and it works very fast.
This method enables me to backup WordPress to my computer – although sometimes I keep a copy of the backup on the site too.
This is probably the shortest conclusion I’ve written yet, but when you watch the video you’ll see why there’s little else to say about this fabulous plugin.
I hope you enjoyed this and I’ll catch you in the next hack!
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