You’ve worked hard on your blog. You would be so sad if something happened and you lost your content or design. There are lots of WordPress backup plugins out there, but how do you know which one to use or what it backs up?
What Should You Backup?
WordPress stores your content in a database. All your post and page titles, content, categories, tags, SEO info, etc are all in one place. Databases aren’t accessible via your control panel’s file manager or by FTP. But, they are hackable and therefore vulnerable and should be backed up regularly.
Your theme files, plugins and image uploads are stored in your host’s file manager, much like the directories on your computer’s hard drive. These are what you see in your file manager or the FTP client you use to access the files on your server.
WordPress Backup Plugins
Not all plugins are created equal and most only backup your database. While this is the most important part, it’s hardly all of it! I recommend using the following plugin because it does both, allows you to schedule your backups to happen automatically, and allows you to store them somewhere besides your web host. I use and love Dropbox anyway, so that’s where I chose to have my backups stored. I love how easy it is to connect the two!
UpdraftPlus – WordPress Backup and Restoration
This plugin does it all, and takes just 3 minutes to set up.
After you instal and activate the UpdraftPlus – WordPress Backup and Restoration plugin, go to Settings/UpdraftPlus Backups in your WordPress Dashboard.
- Select how often you’d like your files backed up and how many backups you’d like to keep.
Repeat for your database.
- Leave the boxes below that checked and don’t mess with the default settings.
- If you’d like to know when your backups are complete, check the box for email Reporting.
- Select where you’d like to save your backups. (Just don’t click the link to authenticate just yet!)
- Scroll to the bottom and click Save Changes.
- Go back to the section about where you’re storing your backups and follow the instructions to authenticate with the service of your choice.
You’ll notice the orange progress bar load after you authenticate with your storage choice. This means the plugin is starting it’s first backup of your site!
Congratulations, your site’s backups are now scheduled!