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…



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



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



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!



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 🙂


1.)  Download & Install Cobian Backup Software.

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



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.



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



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



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!