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WordPress Wednesdays –> Backing Up Your Blog

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AHHHHH!! OMG! OMG !

That was me when I realized all my hard work was GONE…

Have you ever lost a file that you were working on? Maybe you accidentally deleted it? Or your computer crashed?

Have you ever lost an entire website? Maybe it was hacked? Or your files were corrupted?

When this happened…did you look like this little guy?? I know I wanted to cry…all the above has happened to me, but now I know better!

If you currently have a website or a blog you must have automatic backup system in place…I can’t stress the importance of how something that can be setup rather quick and easy, can make a HUGE difference with your business.

When you create a wordpress blog, you are creating a wordpress database. This wordpress database contains every post, every comment and every link that is on your blog.

If for some reason your database gets erased or is corrupted, there is a possibility that you will lose all of that information. The reason for database corruptions can be caused by many reason, and many of them are out of your control.

BUT..what is in your control, is to take responsibility and backup your data, therefore, you can make sure your data is not lost and can easily be recovered in case anything happens.

Spending a few minutes setting up your backup, can save you lots of frustration and heartache…and can save you from losing out on your profits!

There are several options out there for WordPress backup plugins.

There are two main attributes that you need to make sure your plugin has:

1 - The backup plugin has a feature to automate the backups

2 - It can backup your entire site (not just the database)

My Top Two Plugin Picks for Backups

EZPZ One Click Backup

EZPZ One Click Backup(OCB) is a very easy way to do a complete backup of your entire WordPress site.

Just one click and presto, you’ll have a complete backup stored on your server. One more click and you can download the entire backup to your own computer.

There are several choices that can make your backup the way you want.

  1. You can schedule backups ranging from 4 times a day to once per week.
  2. With the optional Dropbox Extension you can save backups to your Dropbox account.
  3. You can transfer backups via FTP.
  4. EZPZ Restoration now features multiple redundant backups for safety.
  5. You can receive email alerts for FTP backups.
  6. The option to choose the timezone your backup’s datestamp is based on.
  7. Choose one of ten pre-defined datestamp formats for your backup or customize your own.
  8. If you’re using a shared database you can choose to backup only the tables needed for your WordPress installation.
  9. You can choose to exclude selected folders you don’t want to include in the backup.
  10. You can choose to completely deny web browser access to your backup.
  11. You can adjust the speed of EZPZ OCB to best match your server’s capabilities.
  12. You can enable error logging to help track down compatibility issues.

Note: EZPZ OCB is not compatible with Windows servers

Backup Buddy (this is what we use, I met the owner at a WPWishlist event that we were both on speaker panels.)

This is a premium (which means you have to pay for it) plugin that does a whole lot more than the free ones.

You can schedule  whole site backups (that include site files) daily, weekly,etc. You can also send your backups by email or have them automatically upload to your Amazon S3 account.

Backup buddy comes with a software program that lets you easily restore your website or even migrate it to another hosting service.

** We have automatic weekly backups (daily on some sites) that automatically upload to our Amazon S3 account. Just a few clicks and we are prepared :-)

Here’s how to do it:

  • Buy, download, install and active the Backup Buddy plugin to  your site
  • The first step is to take a complete backup of your site (manually).Click on “Backup Buddy” in the left side menu of your WordPress dashboard.
    Click on “Backup & Restore” from the Backup Buddy  menu

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  • Choose “Full Backup”. It will begin backing up your entire site.

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  • After the backup is complete, it will give you two choices to download and save to your computer, or choose “back to backup page”.

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  • If you choose the “Back to backups page”, there are many locations you can send/store your backups. Amazon S3, Dropbox, Rackspace, FTP and sending to an email address.

After you do your manual backup and save/send to your preferred location, the next step is to schedule future automatic backups.

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  • Go back to the left side of the navigation and click on “Scheduling” to choose when you want to schedule the backups as well as where you want to send them once completed.

 

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  • This screen is where you schedule your backups, what you want to backup and where you want to send it.

Then click “Add schedule” and you are done!

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Backup Buddy – A++ highly recommended :-)

Common Questions

How often should you backup your WordPress site?

  • This depends on how often you are posting on your site. If you post once per week, then you wouldn’t need to have daily backups for example.
  • If you are going to make some major changes to your site, or if you are getting some programming work done, you should make a manual full backup prior to any major changes. (from personal experience, this has come in handy many times)

How many backups do I need to keep?

  • A general rule of thumb is to keep at minimum three backups.

Don’t I get backups with my hosting company, why do I need this plugin?

  • It depends on which hosting provider you are using…but even if your hosting provide does provide backups, you should take control of your data and backup up your information on your own just to be on the safe side.

Have fun!

Lorette :-)

 

 

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Lorette,

    Great article! Just recently a handful of my blogs got hacked!

    My hosting company was like oh well not our problem. I have been using a database backup plugin but the one you suggest here I will look into as it looks like it does a whole lot more.

    I really like the “malware scan” and the “migrate” feature.

    What I found out by having my blogs hacked is my security levels were not high enough…meaning easy for hackers to get in and do damage and spam ads.

    I would also suggest people to make their blogs more secure…there are all types of plugins out there to do that.

    • Thanks Kenetra…yeah, not something you want to experience! Didn’t you do a webinar recently on security? Do you have a replay the people can listen to ?

      A WordPress security post is scheduled for next Wed! Would love your comments on that one next week!

  2. That’s really helpful. It happened to me once and I was so confused that I didn’t know what to do but to just create another blog. I know that’s a waste. That’s why this time I’ll make sure to back up. Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. Hi! I find your site really helpful. Backing up your blog is really a good way to save your blog when something crashed or you accidentally deleted it. Thanks for the recommendations.

  4. Great info. Wish i had this information before completing the work on my site.
    Not too late though, better i learnt this now than later. Keep up the good work.
    David A

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