Do you feel lucky? Even if you do, life is always better with backup. Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” And after pouring over your words and dedicating hours to refining your message, you want to have a safeguard against Murphy. Bad things may happen to good people, but with standby files waiting in the wings, your blog will easily triumph in adversity. Before backing up a WordPress site, there are three important questions to ask. In the following paragraphs, we will explore each in detail, so that you can be sure your content is secure.
How Often Should I Backup My Site?
This question varies from user to user. How often you post, and how critical your additions to the database are—to you, for example, daily posting may necessitate a daily backup while less frequent updates may lead to a more relaxed schedule overall.
The key point: your WordPress database may fail for a myriad of reasons at any time. Any data on the database, including your most recent posts, would be lost in an instant. The only method for avoiding this troubling scenario is to store the information elsewhere. In this way, your information can easily be restored after a crash.
Where Should I Backup My Site?
Backing up WordPress site to Cloud or Local storage?
When backing up a WordPress site, or anything digital, you need to think in threes. Multiple saves to multiple locations reduce the likelihood of loss. By backing up on the cloud, as well as locally, you play to beat the numbers game. As your mother told you, there is safety in numbers. The more copies you have, the better off you are.
Using the cloud, a number of automated storage options can help ease the process, although occasional hands-on back-up by you is advised to avoid glitches. If you are unfamiliar with the cloud or concerned about specific security needs, a variety of options exists for storage. Depending on your site-specific needs, portable storage devices exist from a few hundred megabytes all the way to one terabyte of space.
How Do I Backup My Site?
FTP stands for file transfer protocol. This type of backup lets you move large files, including whole databases, from your local computer to a remote storage location and back. To set up a backup of this type, you will need a hosting server. Hosting companies may vary in their specific instructions, but a generally follow these instructions:
1. Open File Transfer Application
2. Enter Username and Password (as assigned by an FTP hosting company)
3. Input “21” as the default port number
4. Connect to server
5. Access folder containing WordPress database/files
6. Create a new folder for WordPress backup
7. Copy files from existing folder into a newly created folder.
Alternative to step 6 and 7 is to download all files to your local computer using FTP program, like Core FTP or Filezilla.
Backup plugins are available through WordPress under the Plugins tab in the directory. A simple search under “Add New” will provide you with this handy tool for securing your information on WordPress. The following is a quick guide to finding and using plugins:
1. Select “Plugins” from the left menu.
2. Click on the “Add New” option.
3. Search “backup WordPress” in the text field.
4. Click “install” to install the plugin.
5. Click “Activate”.
6. After activation, you will need to set your preferences for automatic backup activities. This includes options for daily, bi-weekly, and other options. Select the option that best fits your needs.
7. Select “Backup now” to create a baseline backup.
All following backups will take place automatically according to the options selected in step 6.
There are plenty of backup plugins available on WordPress.org.
External Backup Services
Backup services are third party entities (like we here in MyWPStaff) that specialize in saving your WordPress site from harm. A number of these services exist with varying fees associated with the services provided. The biggest benefit to using a third party, external backup is the saving of your time. The professionals will take care of your WordPress site and it includes regular backup. Backups are weekly, daily, or in shorter time frame based on your needs. And the restoration of lost or damaged sites is always available.
Regardless of how you opt to back up your WordPress, always remember to do it. The time and effort saved by this preventative measure are worth hours of your life and money earned through the stability of your WordPress site.