One of the best tip which you will get to keep your WordPress blog secure is by keep taking WordPress backup. There are many WordPress backup plugins available in the WordPress plugin directory, but very few of them allow complete backup. When we talk about complete backup, it means taking backup of plugin, themes, backup wp-content folder. More over, it’s always recommend to automatic backup WordPress to make sure, you have most recent version of backup of your blog.
Why WordPress backup is important?
Before, we move ahead why it’s important for every Blogger to configure automatic WordPress backup and always have a backup file of their Wp blog. WordPress is a software and it runs on php any MySQL and also its a Webhosting which hosts all the file. No matter what, when anything is related to computer and Webhosting, it can crash any day. Your server or Website might be hacked by a hacker or someone can login and delete your complete WordPress directory. In the end you will be left with nothing, but feeling sorry about never taking your WordPress blog backup. All of their hard work would be gone in a jiffy.
Ironically, it is actually quite easy to automate backup of WordPress blogs. I will discuss 3 methods here that let you do scheduled automatic backups of your complete WordPress website. This includes WordPress database, and all the related files, including theme files, plugins, and images.
Important files to backup in WordPress:
Though, you can configure complete WordPress full backup of your Wp installation, but technically we need just one file and one complete folder as backup.
- Database backup
- Wp-content folder backup
3 Ways to take Automatic WordPress backup:
1) Automatic WordPress Backup Plugin
Automatic WordPress Backup Plugin is one of the easiest method to completely backup your WordPress website. It will create a zipped backup of your WordPress website, and will upload it to Amazon S3. This will be a completed automated regular backup without your involvement at all. You can schedule backup per your convenience. Amazon S3 is pretty cheap nowadays – around $0.1 per GB. This means that if you decide to do a weekly backup of your blog, and the blog is less than 250MB zipped, then you will just spend $0.1 per month for automating backup of your WordPress. You can download the plugin here.
IDrive Plugin for WordPress (no longer work)
IDrive plugin for WordPress works in a similar manner as Automatic WordPress Backup Plugin. It will backup your database, as well as files, and will store them in online IDrive account. IDrive account comes with a 2GB of free space, so you can store multiple copies of your backup for free without migrating to paid account.
IDrive plugin comes with some other nice features:
- Smart Backup: Only Incremental transfer of data in each subsequent backup
- Windows Restore Application to restore your blog data to your Windows machine easily.
- Lets you create snapshots of previous versions
Even though this solution is completely free, I have listed it at second position as this imposes the limit of 2GB. You can of course migrate to paid account of IDrive, but that might turn out to be more expensive that Amazon S3. If you have a small blog, then this would be a good solution to start with. And when you blog grows a lot, you can move to first solution.
3) Setup your Own Backup Solution for Free
The methods mentioned above are really the easiest and best ways to backup your WordPress website. However, there are ways to setup your own backup solution. It would be a bit lengthy to setup, but would still be completely automated.
Step 1: Install a plugin to automatically backup WordPress DB
There are many plugins available that can backup WordPress database on a regular basis, and can email the backup to you. My favorite one is WP-DB-Backup. Start with installing one of these plugins. You can setup the backup schedule, and provide your email address on which you will receive the backup. Now your WordPress database backup part is complete. You still need to backup other WordPress files.
Step 2: Backup WordPress Files
To automatically backup WordPress files on a scheduled basis, you need to use a FTP client that can automatically connect to your website, and download the files. There are many free FTP clients that can do that. My personal favorite is Cobian Backup. In this, you can specify all the folders that you want to backup, frequency of backup, and destination of backups. Cobian Backup will make a zipped backup of your WordPress files as per your scheduled. I have specified my Dropbox folder as my destination folder. This ensures that my backups are actually stored online as well, so I will not lose anything even if my machine crashes.
All these methods do a comprehensive WordPress backup. If you use any other method, do share those in comments.
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