How to create a backup of WordPress site
In today’s article, we will discuss How to Create a Complete WordPress Backup using BackWPup. Backups are the first thing to avoid any threat to your site and Regular WordPress website backup is very important for every blogger/webmaster. In the previous post, we will tell you about the best WordPress backups plugin. In this article, we will tell you how to take full WordPress backup.
How to take a Complete WordPress Backup
To backup WordPress site first, you have to install and activate the BackWPup plugin on your site.
When you activate the BackWPup plugin, this WordPress backup plugin will add a BackWPup menu item to your WordPress admin.
1. Take a WordPress backup manually
To create your WordPress site backup click on the BackWPup >> Add New Job.
- In the General tab section, enter a name for your job.
- In the Job Tasks section, select those tasks (Database backup, File backup, WordPress XML export, Installed plugins list, Check database tables) that you want to backup.
- Now under the backup file creation section, select the archive type. The default option is tar.gz, however, you can change it if you wish. Then under this section, you will see the Job Destination section. Using this section, you can send your WordPress backup to your server, Backup sent via email, backup to FTP, backup to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Windows Azure, Rackspace, and SugarSync. We recommend that do not to store your WordPress backup on your server. For this use any third party services.
- In Log Files, enter your email address.
- In the Schedule tab, select “manual only”.
DB Backup tab
- To get a full backup of your WordPress site, select all the tables in the DB Backup tab.
- In the Files tab, select “Backup content folder, Backup plugins, Backup themes, Backup uploads folder” and uncheck the rest.
Now click on “Save Changes” and click on BackWPup >> Jobs. Here you will see a job. Under which you have to click on “Run now” and your WordPress website backup will start.
Click Logs to see WordPress backup. You can download your WordPress website backup in pc/laptop by clicking on “Backups menu”.
You can download it by clicking on public_html >> wp-content >> uploads >> backwpup-xxxx-backups folder of your server.
2. Transferring WordPress Backup to Dropbox
If you store your WordPress website backup on the same server, your server may be down and inaccessible.
Therefore, use a 3rd-party website backup service to store your WordPress website backup and BackWPup plugin allows us to use many 3rd-party website backup services (Dropbox, Email, Rackspace Cloud Files, Microsoft Azure).
Dropbox is a very reliable cloud storage service and we can use Dropbox to store our WordPress backup.
To take a backup of the WordPress site on Dropbox, click on General tab >> Job Destination >> Select Backup to Dropbox.
Now, you will see a new menu “To: Dropbox” in the tab section.
Now create a Dropbox account and if you already have a Dropbox account, then click on “Get Dropbox App auth code” to generate the access key.
You will be asked to sign in Dropbox. After clicking on sign in, a pop up will appear, in which you will have to click on “Allow”.
When you click on Allow you will see a code. Copy the code and paste it into the “Get Dropbox App auth code” box and then click on Save changes.
Now your Dropbox will be Authenticated and you will be able to store your WordPress site backup on Dropbox.
3. Automating WordPress backup
For automatic website backup, select the “with WordPress cron” option in the Schedule tab and set a time to backup your WordPress website. I recommend that select the time when there are few visitors to your website.
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