Run WordPress Backup

With just a few clicks, you can perform a complete backup of your WordPress page - more information in the WordPress Tutorial from checkdomain.net

In this article you will learn how to create a complete backup of your WordPress page with just a few steps and how to restore the backup if necessary. The following steps give you a small overview of how a manual backup works::

  1. Back up all WordPress files via FTP
  2. Open the PHPMyAdmin interface
  3. Select the WordPress database and click on "Export".
  4. Select the option "Save output to file".
  5. Click on Export - the database will be exported as SQL
  6. Store FTP and database data in a secure location

Why should you create a WordPress backup?

Your blog is full of work, time and ideas - it would be a nightmare to lose all that content. In fact, it happens all the time. For example, data loss can occur for these reasons:

  • You install a new plugin that is not compatible with your WordPress version and that destroys the functions of your site.
  • Your WordPress version is outdated and has been hacked due to security vulnerabilities.
  • You install a new layout/theme and your pages are completely "shot up".

The reasons given here show how quickly you can destroy your WordPress page and how important it is to make regular backups.

Create regular WordPress backups

The manual method described above is not recommended for regular backups. For automatic backups there are simpler solutions in the form of plugins. Once set up, these perform regular backups of all data in the background. This data can and should also be stored externally in the cloud, for example in a Google Drive or at Amazon. The outsourcing of the data is strongly recommended, since it can come with hard disk errors to the fact that your backups are possibly affected with your provider. In this case your backup won't help you anymore. Another horror scenario would be a fire at your provider, in this case you have to expect that all data will be destroyed. Admittedly, these cases are rare, but there is the possibility of these worst case scenarios.

Perform automated WordPress backups with UpdraftPlus

Much easier and faster than manual backup is done with a plugin. There are several WordPress-Backup-Plugins, in this article we introduce you to the plugin "UpdraftPlus", because it already contains many functions in the free version, which are charged extra for other plugins.

With more than one million active installations and more than 2,600 5 star ratings, this plugin is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins.

Core functions of the WordPress plugin UpdraftPlus

  • Backup of files and databases
  • Support for cloud services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3 and many more for outsourcing data
  • Report by e-mail about the backup history
  • Manual and automatic backups
  • Versatile configuration options
  • Restore with one click

How to set up the backup for WordPress via UpdraftPlus

Install the plugin via your WordPress dashboard. Click in the left navigation on: "Plugins" > "Install".

Search in the search field at the top right for "UpdraftPlus".

Wordpress Install Plugin
Install Plugin

Click on "Install now", the plugin will be downloaded and installed immediately. Then click on the same button again, it should have changed the label to "Activate".

Your plugin directory will be opened automatically. If everything worked out, you will see the following screen content

Wordpress, Das Plugin wurde erfolgreich installiert
The plugin was successfully installed

To set up the backup plugin click on the blue button "Press here to start". You will be guided through the setup process and can immediately perform your first backup. Click on "Back up now" and your backup will be created, it will appear in the list "Existing backups":

Wordpress, Liste mit den vorhandenen Backups
List of existing backups

Setting Up Automatic WordPress Backup

Compared to the manual backup described above, this method is very quick and easy to perform. However, it makes sense to create backups automatically. Depending on how often you change your content and work on the pages, you should plan the frequency of the backup. A high backup frequency is recommended for frequent changes. For rare changes, a monthly backup may be sufficient.

Open the tab "Settings", here you can now make all the necessary entries for your WordPress backup:

Wordpress, Auszug der Einstellungen von UpdraftPlus
Extract of the settings of UpdraftPlus

With the settings "File backup plan" and "Database backup plan" you set how often your data should be backed up. In addition, you can set how many backups you want to keep. This setting depends on how often you make changes to your pages and how much storage space you have.

The next step is to specify the location of your backup. As already mentioned, it makes sense to swap out the data. In our example we store the data on a Google Drive. Click on the icon "Google Drive". The data is stored in the "UpdraftPlus" folder. In the premium version of the plugin you can freely choose the name.

External WordPress backup on Google Drive
External WordPress backup on Google Drive

In the further settings you specify the data to be backed up. In addition, you can define an e-mail notification for the backup status. The settings are saved with a click on "Save changes".

After saving the settings you have to authenticate the connection to the Google Drive (see screenshot above). A Google dialog will appear:

Access request from Google
Access request from Google

Click here on the blue button "Allow". This will open a new website, here you click on the button "Complete setup".

Last step for Google authentication
Last step for Google authentication

If the authentication was successful, you will get a corresponding hint in the plugin settings:

Confirmation of authentication
Confirmation of authentication

With this the setup of the automatic WordPress backup is finished, in the list of the existing backups another entry should have been added now. The Google Drive icon tells you that this is an external backup..

Wordpress, List of existing backups
List of existing backups

Checklist for your WordPress backup

  • The more often you make changes, the more often you should back up.
  • Automatic backups are performed automatically - you don't have to think about it yourself
  • Secure the data (additionally) on another server or in the cloud
  • Perform a manual backup before any major changes, such as WordPress, plugins or theme updates
  • A backup is better than no backup. No backup? No pity!

Further Links

We are pleased if we could arouse your interest in WordPress. The following list contains some further links to start with your WordPress page:

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