Tuesday 26 June 2018

How to Backup your WordPress Blog

How to Backup your WordPress Blog

Disasters can happen to anyone and anytime. The data on the internet is vulnerable and can be hacked. Your blog or website is also a kind of digital data and that’s why you must make effort to keep your all hard work and effort safe.

No matter if you are a solo blogger or have a great team of professionals for your blog, you can’t afford to lose your website. But what can you do if you lose your WordPress blog? Yeah, I know that it will be very painful but do you have any backup plans for your WordPress blog?

What the heck, you don’t have any backup plans!

Trust me you will suffer if you lose your blog. If you are new to blogging then it may be possible that you don’t know about backup. Simply backup can be defined as a copy of your site data which can be reinstall in the case you lose your website.

There are several conditions due to which your site may lost such as any malicious activity, during website migration, or due to any faulty plugins or themes. Keeping your offline system like cellphones or computers updated and safe is really important. Feel free to upgrade to a more secure computer and a latest smartphone that can be easily bought from any top UK store. Latest technology and updated android OS is far more secure than the old ones. That’s why backup is an essential part of blogging and nobody can afford to ignore it.

I have listed three easy methods for backing up a WordPress blog; I hope you will find it useful.

Method - 1: Backup Through Hosting

This is one of the easiest ways to backup a WordPress blog. You just need to choose a hosting which offers complete daily backups of your blog.

Almost every quality hosting provider offers the backup feature. Before choosing the hosting service for your WordPress blog make sure that you have added the backup feature with your hosting service.

The WordPress hosting services automatically backups your blog’s core files, plugins, themes, database and all your media. Your WordPress blog’s data can be stored on external hard drives too. You just have to log in into your blog and download the data in zip files and copy it to your hard drive regularly.

Before spending money on web hosting make sure the hosting provides a complete and secure backup. Backup through the web hosting is easy if compared to other backup processes.

Method - 2: Backup your WordPress Blog Manually

You have to download the entire WordPress directory to create a copy of your WordPress blog files and backup your blog manually. This can be done through the cPanel.

Backing up a WordPress blog via cPanel is quite easy and can be done in few simple steps. Are you looking for those steps? Here are they:

  • Login to your website hosting and go to cPanel.
  • After reaching the cPanel navigate to file manager and then to “home directory” or “public_html”.
  • You will find a WordPress directory and this is the file you need to backup.
  • You have to compress the WordPress Directory to download it.
  • Just click on the WordPress directory and select the compress option from the menu bar.
  • A dialog box will open with the compression types to choose. The compression types may be ZIP, GZIP, TAR etc.
  • After choosing the compression types just click the compress button to proceed. The server will automatically save a compressed WordPress folder.
  • Right click on the saved archive and click download.
  • After the downloading completed, save your backup on your hard disk
  • That’s it, you’re done.

Backing a WordPress blog manually may have some complications if you haven’t do it before. The whole process looks a little bit tough but if you follow the instructions patiently, all can be done with ease.

Method - 3: Backing a WordPress Blog using Backup Plugins

A WordPress blog can be backed up using a backup plugin and here I have mentioned few of them. The best part of backing a WordPress blog via a backup plugin is that the process is easy and can be performed within few steps.

I)BackupBuddy WordPress Plugin

With BackupBuddy you can perform complete file backup of your WordPress blog or this plugin can be used to migrate your website to another server.

BackupBuddy offers site backup to multiple storage providers including Amazon, email, FTP, Rackspace, Dropbox etc. You can store the backed up data on your hard drive too.

Just create a backup schedule and the data will be backed up automatically. The BackupBuddy WordPress plugin comes with a $80/year plan to backup your WordPress blog from your comfort zone.


If you find BackupBuddy plugin little expensive then you must go with VaultPress WordPress backup plugin. It comes with an affordable yearly plan of just $30/year.

This WordPress plugin is created by Automatic which ensures easy and reliable features. VaultPress do daily backups automatically so you don’t have to schedule your backups.

Vaultpress is just awesome; it comes with many additional features such as site migration, virus scanning, and spam defense and automated file repair too.


If you are looking for a free backup plugin then you must give a try to BackWpup WordPress backup plugin. With more than 5 million downloads it is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins which offers a complete backup solution.

With BackWpup you get multiple storage options for saving the backed up data such as Amazon, FTP, Dropbox, Rackspace etc. Your backups can be scheduled easily with this plugin ensures full and safe backup. Your saved data can be optimized later and if you are looking for additional features you can go with its pro version.

Final Note:

Backups are something like the insurance of WordPress blogs. You must have a backup plan for your WordPress site and I hope you will find the options mentioned above useful.

Blogging is seriously not an easy task, a blogger invest time, money and all his/her hard work to achieve the expected success. It will be a total disaster for a blogger to lose his/her site. So, if you are a newbie or a professional you must do backups and have a great backup plan.


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