” How do you back up WordPress? “
” Backing up seems to be a hassle … I want to know an easy way! “
Even if you run a site and think “I have to make a backup!”, There are many people who have a troublesome image and do not do it.
However, there are many cases where problems occur when updating WordPress versions, themes, and plugins, causing the site to stop working.
If you don’t save the backup data diligently, you may not be able to restore it when the site suddenly becomes unusable one day.
It’s a WordPress backup that can seem difficult, but it’s actually easy to save data with a plugin.
In this article, I will explain in detail how to back up WordPress .
How to get a backup of WordPress
There are three main ways to back up WordPress .
- Obtained with the plug-in “BackWPup”
- Obtained with the plug-in “All-in-One WP Migration”
- Manually back up files
Basically, you can get a WordPress backup very easily by using a plugin .
Let’s take a concrete look at each acquisition method.
Obtained with the plug-in “BackWPup”
First of all, the most standard way to make a backup is to get it with the plug-in ” BackWPup “.
The reason why many people like to use “BackWPup” is that it can be set once and automatically backed up on a regular basis .
It is troublesome to perform backup work every time you notice it, so it is a nice point to have it done automatically.
If you don’t like the troublesome work, we recommend that you set it by referring to the regular backup acquisition method in “BackWPup” described later .
Obtained with the plug-in “All-in-One WP Migration”
” All-in-One WP Migration ” is frequently used at website production sites .
“All-in-One WP Migration” is a plug-in that allows you to easily back up with the touch of a button without having to remember prior knowledge or troublesome settings .
It is an excellent product that packages all the necessary information and supports the WordPress version at the time of backup.
In addition to exporting (outputting) data, you can also use import (input) when moving a site to migrate the entire data.
Although it does not have a function to automatically back up, it is an attractive plug-in in terms of easy backup.
Manually back up files
If you don’t use the plugin, you can also manually back up your files .
Actually, you can easily make a backup just by using the default WordPress function without installing the plugin.
It takes a little more work than a plugin, but even beginners can easily do it once they remember it.
In the first place, the work of “backing up WordPress” is
- Site data (themes, images, plugins)
- Database (data such as posts)
I’m just saving two of them.
If you save these two manually, you can make a backup , so it’s not that difficult.
However, when managing it, you always have to keep the data on your PC, so
The disadvantage is that the management cost will increase.
How to get regular backups with “BackWPup”
Now, I will explain how to actually make a backup and how to do it.
This time , I will explain step by step how to make regular backups using the simplest “BackWPup”.
Even beginners can easily set it, so please refer to it.
STEP1. Install “BackWPup”
First, go to ” Plugins “-> ” Add New ” from the WordPress administration screen and search for ” BackWPup “.
Select ” Install Now ” as it should be the first hit .
After installation, let’s “activate” it.
STEP2. Select “BackWPup”-> “Add new job” from the menu on the management screen
” BackWPup ” should have been added to the menu on the right side of the management screen, so select it and proceed to ” Add new job “.
To add a job, register a new job called “keep a backup”.
Please note that if no new job is added here, you will not be able to make a backup.
STEP3. Select the file name to save + zip format + file save location in “General settings”
When you add a job, the management screen of ” General settings ” opens, so change the following two.
- Name this job … Rename it to something more descriptive
- Archive format … Select the format of the zip file to be saved
For ” Archive Format “, select “Tar GZip” file for Mac and “Zip” for Windows to get the right file size.
Once this is done, the backup file will be set to be saved in “uploads” under “wp-content”.
STEP4. Select the backup frequency in “Schedule setting”
Next, change the schedule settings and make settings regarding “how often backups should be taken”.
First , select ” WordPress cron ” in ” How to start a job “.
Next , decide the backup schedule in the ” Schedule execution time ” item below.
You can select the backup interval from “Monthly”, “Weekly”, “Daily”, and “Hourly”, so select the update frequency that suits you.
STEP5. Back up the database from “DB backup”
When backing up the database, select ” GZip ” in ” Compress backup files ” at the bottom.
STEP6. Exclude backups other than the theme used in “File”
Finally, open the ” File ” tab and check the theme you want to save in the ” Theme backup ” field.
If you check and exclude themes other than the ones that are actually included, you can save them without waste.
STEP7. Setting completed
This completes all the automatic backup settings.
Select ” BackWPup “-> ” Job ” in the sidebar to make sure that the settings are correct .
If you look at the date of the next backup execution, it will tell you when the backup will take place, so
It is OK if the set date is listed.
What if I don’t make a backup?
You may hear the opinion that “WordPress does not need to be backed up because the contracted server automatically backs it up.”
However, in reality, the automatic backup function of the server is charged for most servers, so it is often expensive.
If you set it automatically by yourself, it will be free, but it is a waste to be charged a monthly contract fee.
So what exactly happens if you don’t have a WordPress backup without a contract for the automatic backup feature ?
Unable to respond when infected with a virus
If you don’t have a backup, you will have to do complicated work when WordPress gets infected with a virus.
When WordPress gets infected with a virus, I don’t remember at all,
- The website itself was stopped from the server side
- Browsing users are now skipped to phishing sites
- Suspicious advertisements are displayed
So that the phenomenon such as appears.
As a result of illegally logging in to WordPress and embedding a malicious program inside the article, this type of error occurs.
As a cause of virus infection
- Mysterious files have been uploaded without permission
- Scripts are written that prevent proper display
- Suspicious plugin is activated without permission
There is a possibility such as.
When decontaminating a virus, it is necessary to remove the virus (mysterious code or file) by replacing the file with the one before the virus infection.
However, if you do not have a backup, you will not be able to replace the file with the one before the infection, so you will not be able to respond when infected with a virus .
If you have a backup, you can simply replace the potentially infected files to decontaminate them.
However, if you do not take it, you will have to go through the innumerable WordPress files yourself and delete the possible parts, which is a troublesome process.
It’s best not to get infected with a virus, but make a backup in case you get infected.
Even if a malfunction occurs due to updating the WordPress plugin, it cannot be repaired
WordPress is constantly being updated with newer versions.
At the timing of this update, malfunction may occur for some reason due to the balance with the included plugins and themes .
It is not uncommon for people to say, “The screen suddenly went blank after updating!”
Even if an error occurs due to a malfunction, it can be repaired without any problem if you have a backup .
But if you don’t have a backup, there’s nothing you can do about it.
What if I have a problem without backing up?
Often, you’re in a situation where you can’t solve a problem because you didn’t have a backup.
If everything stops working, you may have to recreate your site .
If you ruin the site you’ve created so far, you won’t have any children.
It’s too late after something goes wrong, so be sure to make a backup on a regular basis .