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How to Back Up Your WordPress Website

cpanel back up wizardThere can be no worse feeling than making a tweak or adding a plug in to your WordPress site only, pressing preview and finding that your site has been re-designed by Picasso!

The horror I felt the first time I found a line of code at the top of a white screen or a jumble of header and content all over the place was palpable.

Worse is the sudden lock out of the admin area where you can’t even get back in behind your site to see what went wrong.

These “disasters” are rarely more than a plug in conflict which can be resolved relatively easily, but I have had a client delete their entire website in an effort to
free disk space! There was plenty of free disk space of course so the primary aim was met, but there was no longer a business website, just lots of lovely free disk
space.

That story had a happy ending, because we had a…Back Up plan.

Many people shy away from backing up their WordPress site because it appears too difficult. There’s not just the site to back up but there’s also one of these pesky
database thingy’s and no one wants to mess around with those do they?

Fortunately its easy when you know how.

You can use a plug in for this, but it easy to do it manually.

All 4Donkeys hosting clients have access to their website’s control panel (cpanel) which is different to the wp admin area; this is where the bare bones of the
operation are managed.

Here’s my 10 simple steps to feeling good!

  1. Log in to cpanel
  2. Scroll down to the section titled “Files”
  3. Click on Backup Wizard: Box 1 will be pre-selected.
  4. Click on the “back up” button within the Option 1 box; this takes you into Box2.
  5. Select “Home Directory”, box 3 opens and gives you a button to download a copy of your Home Directory…
  6. Download the Home Directory file to a folder on your PC (preferably one that is synchronised with off site storage like Dropbox).
  7. Depending on the size of your site this might take a little while.
  8. Then click on box 2 to return to the download options.
  9. Select mySQL databases which will take you to a list of the databases for your site (usually just one).
  10. Click on each database in turn to download a back up file and store safely as before.

Of course you should do this regularly if you are updating your site frequently and always make sure you have a copy saved to somewhere other than your own PC and
somewhere other than you own building. Cloud folders are great for this. I use Dropbox, Amazon Cloud and Google Docs, all of which are free.

Happy backing up.

Any questions please feel free to call me or drop me line, or head over to Maintenance and I’ll do it all for you.

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