You can backup WordPress using several methods.
When you backup WordPress, you will need to backup the website files and the database.
Backing up WordPress should be done regularly and before or after any major change to your website.
1.Backup your WordPress files
You can backup your WordPress files with an FTP program (File Transfer Protocol) like FileZillaFile Transfer Protocol – FTP
- FTP allows you to make a copy of the entire WordPress website and all it’s contents to your local computer, including all the WordPress files, images, plugins, themes, widgets and more. This however does not backup your database.
Click here for our tutorial on how to back with FTP
The export/import option will backup the content of pages, posts, images, menus, categories via the WordPress Admin panel. But this method is more appropriate for moving pages and content from one site to another. It’s not really a full backup of your website as it doesn’t backup the database.
Click here for our tutorial on Export/Import option
You can backup WordPress from CPanel or a backup plugin.
Backup your Database via CPanel
- This method is to backup your entire database including text, images, menus, plugins, themes, widgets and more.
Click here for our tutorial on backup with CPanel
WordPress Backup Plugin
- You also have the option of backing up your database via the WordPress admin panel, with a WordPress database backup plugin.
Click here for our tutorial on how to use a WordPress Backup Plugin
How To Restore your Database
Restoring your WordPress website can be a very scary thought!
The best option for someone who knows nothing about this; is to contact your hosting company and ask them to do it for you.
If you want to learn more about how to restore your Database from the backup file go to the link below for instructions.
By Jodi Allbon
Original content 2013
Web Designer/Trainer – Adv Dip, Dip, TAE
Jodi is a qualified WordPress Trainer and Designer with an Advanced Diploma in Digital Media (2D And 3D Animation, Web Development) and a Diploma in Web Development. She has been a Website Trainer at the Northern Beaches Community College since 2008 and a WordPress Tutor for NSW TAFE since 2016.
Jodi has developed several web design courses including, a WordPress Beginners Course and Build your own WordPress Website for small businesses. These courses will teach you how to update and manage your website ongoing. Giving website owners more control over their website, thus helping to keep costs down.
View Jodi’s credentials here.