Backing up your WordPress Website!

If you are anything like me, you have put A TON of time and energy into crafting a library of Posts & customizing every minute detail that is your WordPress Site. Could you imagine losing all that work in one fell swoop due to a Hardware Failure, Natural Disaster or Malicious attack against your Host? Hopefully by now you are adequately freaked out if you aren’t backing up your Site! Do yourself a Favor and take a few minutes to read through this Guide and Make sure all your precious hard work is being backed up on a regular Basis – The peace of mind alone will be well worth the effort 😀

 

Manual Backup

 

1.)  If you don’t already have a FTP Client – Go ahead and Download & Install FileZilla.

2.)  Connect to your WordPress Site in FileZilla. If this is your first time connecting to your site, You will need to configure your connection settings…

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3.)  Once logged in – Browse to where you would like to save your Backup.

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4.)  Next, Select everything listed under your root folder. R-Click & select “Download“.

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5.)  Downloading a copy of your Site Structure can be a lengthy process if you have a lot of content. Give it some time and check back when the Download is complete to make sure that everything is there!

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Automatic Backup

The automatic Backup process essentially replicates what we did to manually backup our WordPress site, only now we don’t have to worry about remembering to do a Site backup every week 🙂

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1.)  Download & Install Cobian Backup Software.

2.)  Open up Cobian and Select ” the Create a New Task icon.

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3.)  The Task Properties window will open, presenting you with a number of different options. First Create a Name & Choose a Backup type in the General Tab.

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 4.)  Next in the Files Tab. Under Source Select  Add > FTP & Configure your FTP Connection Settings.
Then Configure your Target Directory

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5.)  Next Click on the Schedule Tab, and create your desired schedule…

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6.)  When you are Satisfied with your Task settings, Click OK and then proceed to do a test run of your Scheduled Backup to make sure that everything was properly configured!

 

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