How to backup your WordPress website

What you are going to learn in this article:

  • how do you backup a website?  And what are its advantages?

One day I was working on a presentation and it took me hours. At the end of the day, I was so proud of my masterpiece. Then, I decided to have a break in order to do the last check afterward. So I registered the powerpoint, closed it and went for a break. When I came back I was not able to open it anymore. I tried everything without success. Now every time I finish a slide I register it in the cloud, YOU NEVER KNOW!!

Which plugin to use?

When you are building your website, it is the same thing better have a copy of what you are doing just in case. There are several plugins/extensions that enable to get a backup file. So in case you encounter an issue, you can always restore your website. In the case of a WordPress website, there are extensions such as Duplicator, BackUpWordPress, VaultPress or BackupBuddy. However, based on our experience we recommend you to use “UpdraftPlus” for several reasons:

  1. You can backup,  restore, Clone and Migrate your website;
  2. it allows you to make an automated file and database backup schedule (hourly, weekly, monthly basis or manually);
  3. You are able to store the backup file on Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and much more;
  4. You can choose which file you would like to backup (plugins, themes , uploads and any other directories found inside the wp-content) and receive an email when it is done.
  5. Last but not least, it is free and offer documentation about the implementation.
WordPress interface: UpdraftPlus plugin
backup plugin, wordpress

In our case we backup our website weekly as we believe this is sufficient. Therefore, a backup plugin should be one of the first extensions that you install in order to be sure that you always have a backup in case there is an issue.

In addition to this plugin, there are other plugins that we recommend having on your website.