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5 Easy Steps To Backup Your WordPress Website

5 Easy Steps To Backup Your WordPress Website

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_custom_headline level=”h3″ looks_like=”h4″ accent=”false” class=”center-text “]”Do I Really Need To Backup My WordPress Site?”[/x_custom_headline][/x_column][/x_row][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text class=”center-text “]”Do I really need my own backup solution for my wordpress site?”

The short answer is…YES!!

In this article I will show you the reasons why you definitely need a backup solution in place for your site (if you are selling anything online and collecting customer data this is essential). Once we are done you will have a fully automated backup solution that you can you can customize to run when and how you want. You can also create notifications to alert you when backups are completed to make sure they are still running properly.

Why Should I Care About Backing Up My Site

Would you be horrified to wake up one day and find all the work you put into your site over the years is gone?…Yes? Then you definitely need to be aware of how to backup your WordPress site.

The problem many small businesses online face and do not even realize is that while you are putting alot of money and valuable time into growing and building you online business. Your website, if you do most of your business online, is also your main point of failure. Lose all of your data and you may not lose your business but you may be looking at weeks and even months of lost revenue depending on how much data was lost. Some of the common errors most websites experience are:

  • Hacking
  • User Errors
  • Problematic Updates
  • Server Crashes

These are just a few reasons why backing up your site is so important, if you have a website online there is a very good chance you have or will someday experience  at least one of the issues mentioned above.

I Thought My Hosting Company Was Backing up My Data?

You might think that having you hosting company running periodic backups of your site are good enough and should be no problem to restore right? I’m sure you see where I’m going here but the answer to that question is…NO! I personally would not trust only my hosting company’s periodic backup solution of my hosting environment for my sites only recourse should I need it. You need to have a backup solution that is built for WordPress specifically. Here are a few reasons you should not solely trust your hosting company with all of your website’s files and data.

  • Your hosting companies backups are not necessarily designed specifically for WordPress.
  • Their backup schedule may cause you to lose important data because they may not backup often enough. Problem is we never find this out until we need them.
  • Hosting Company backups are not site specific and you may not be able to restore a single site if you have multiple on the same hosting account.
  • The hosting company may not notify you if a backup ever fails and once again you will never know that the last month of backups your hosting company made are unusable/unavailable until you need it.

The main point is you should have your own set of backups that you can trust so you can ensure you have control of where, when and how frequently your site is backed up.

Setting Up and Installing UpdraftPlus

Now I’ll show you 5 easy steps to install and setup the UpdraftPlus Backup Plugin and configure it to automatically backup your and notify you when backups are completed.

This is the most cost effective way to ensure that your website can recover from any number of disasters. The basic package is free and may be enough for most users though I will say some of the add-ons in the premium version are very useful. While you can purchase the add-ons separately I would go for the premium version because it includes all add-ons and also premium support for only $70 if you get a personal license and do not need it for multiple sites.

Another added benefit of UpdraftPlus is that it gives you the ability to migrate servers very easily, for example if you wanted your developer to create a testing site for you it would be very easy using UpdraftPlus.

Step 1. Download and install the UpdraftPlus Plugin from your dashboard or the plugin repository.

Plugin Repository Link: Click Here

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Step 2. Configure UpdraftPlus Settings

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  • First you want to setup your “Files” and “Database” Backup Schedule. You can choose from: Every 4, 8 ,12, or 24 hours. You can also choose Manual which means you would have to remember to do the backup yourself which is not what we want.
    • I would recommend a daily database backup and once a week for files, this all depends upon how often your data changes and how much is being backed up. Full site backups can get large if you have alot of photos and media.
    • How many backups you save also depends on how far back you want your backups to go. You could start with a schedule of 2 backups for files and 7 for the database which keeps at least a weeks worth of database backups and two weeks for files.
  • Next, you can select which files you want included in scheduled backups just in case you have files or folders you dont need to backup.
  • Lastly be sure to check the box to turn on email notifications which will be sent to whatever address is set as the sites admin.

Step 3. Run Your First Local Backup

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Return to your main settings page and click “Backup Now”

You will be given a few options which allow you to chose to do a full backup, only files, or an only database backup.

If there no errors occurred then your local backup is setup and ready to go. Woohoo!!

Now lets move on to the real important stuff

Step 4. Setup Offsite Backups

In  the settings area if you travel a little further down the screen you will find the remote backup settings. Which should look like this:

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Choose from these settings which backup solution you would like to use. The settings are different depending on which you choose but Updraft will show which steps to take to activate it once you select your cloud storage service. I personally use Google Drive and Dropbox for most of my offsite backups but you can chose whichever you want.

Step 5. Run backup to test remote storage

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Click “Backup Now” again and leave the box that says “Don’t send this backup to Remote Storage” unchecked.

Once its finished check your remote storage solution to ensure that the backup has worked properly.

If there were no errors then we have done it! Give yourself a pat on the back, go relax and have that drink you’ve been wanting the whole time you’ve been reading this.

Now you can at least have the piece of mind that if something ever does happen to your site or your hosting company your data is backed up and secure as well.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]

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