Your WordPress database contains every single post, page, link and comment. Remember all the blood, sweat and tears you put into your website? Unfortunately, all your hard work has the potential to be wiped out or corrupted. However, with a simple WordPress backup, you can restore your site in minutes.
WordPress, by default, doesn’t include any type of built-in backup system for worst-case-scenarios like a server crashing, security issues including hacks and malware, or user errors like deleting files and running bad commands.
All of these issues could wipe out your WordPress site forever, so that’s why having a current backup of your WordPress website is critical for protecting your website.
Why You Should Do a Simple WordPress Backup
Here is a list of a few more reasons to backup your WordPress site.
- Security breaches
- Server crashes
- Malware infestation
- Deleted Files & Data Loss
- Fatal errors
- WordPress plugin conflicts
- Canceled services by a web host
- Massive traffic spikes
For all these reasons (and more), we will continue to remind people to backup their WordPress sites. It’s imperative to regularly make simple WordPress backups. Make a habit of running backups of your WordPress website. You will thank yourself later.
Manual WordPress Backup Options
One way to do a simple WordPress backup is through your hosting provider. Any worthwhile host will offer a cPanel with a backup option and most hosts automatically backup the entire server, including your website.
Unfortunately, hosting companies don’t always do regularly scheduled backups and their backups aren’t specifically designed for WordPress. Additionally, your host won’t notify you if a backup fails, so you are at their mercy. You also don’t own technically own your backup files, so they may be difficult to access or download.
Take control and maintain your own set of WordPress backups.
A better method for a simple WordPress backup is through phpMyAdmin.
- First, click on “Databases” in your phpMyAdmin panel and navigate to the database that contains your WordPress data.
- Next, click “Export” and choose the method “Custom.”
- Select all the tables and check “Save output to a file” and select “None” for “Compression.”
- Click “SQL” in the format drop-down menu.
- Check “Add Drop Table” and “If Not Exists.”
- Finally, click “Go” to save the data to your computer.
Keep your files safe in separate places.
Here’s more information on how to make a WordPress database backup manually, so find what works for you. The important thing is to make a backup.
How To Perform a Simple WordPress Backup with BackupBuddy
Our preferred method for a simple WordPress backup is through the WordPress backup plugin, BackupBuddy. BackupBuddy allows you to backup your WordPress website without ever leaving your WordPress dashboard.
If you haven’t already, you will need to download the BackupBuddy plugin and install it like you would any other WordPress plugin. Once installed and activated, expand the BackupBuddy menu from the WordPress Dashboard. Navigate to BackupBuddy > Backup
BackupBuddy makes different types of WordPress backups: Database Only, Full (Complete) Backups, or Custom Backup Profiles.
files in the WordPress installation directory (and subdirectories), in
addition to the database. This includes files such as media, plugins,
themes, images and any other files found.
Choose which type of backup you need to make. A backup status bar and detail report will appear. The fourth green bar in the backup status bar signals your backup has been completed.
The last step is to download your backup archive zip file and save this file in an easy-to-access location or return to the Backup page.
After the backup process has completed, backup files may be downloaded instantly from the local archive or sent to an offsite remote destination. Once a backup is made, backup files will be listed on the Backup page.
Automatic WordPress Backups
Backing up your data with BackupBuddy is quick and painless, but think about how convenient it would be if backups were made automatically. This would mean you would never need to worry about forgetting to make them because it would already be taken care of.
Fortunately, automatic WordPress backups are possible with BackupBuddy’s backup schedules.
From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to BackupBuddy > Schedules.
We recommend starting with daily database-only and weekly full backups, however, if you make changes to files often, you may prefer daily full backups.
To change how frequently backups are made, scroll down to “Add New Schedule.” From there, choose the type of backup you want to make and set a backup interval that works best for you.
Restore a WordPress Website from a Backup
Simply upload the ImportBuddy file and your backup zip file, and ImportBuddy will walk you through the steps to restore your entire WordPress website, including your content, themes, plugins, widgets and everything else.
A Solid WordPress Backup Strategy
Your WordPress backup solution needs four components to be successful. Some backup solutions cover some but not all, leaving your website vulnerable.
BackupBuddy covers all four backup elements in one single plugin. So if something goes wrong, rest easy.
BackupBuddy backs up your whole WordPress site, provides scheduled backups, allows you to send/store backups remotely off-site, and has a process for quickly and easily restoring WordPress from a backup.