5 Fantastic Backup Utilities for your WordPress Website

Too many businesses learn the painful lesson about backing up their blogs the hard way. They have a major catastrophe and lose months of hard work — because they have no way to restore their sites.

The back-end labor may not be your favorite part of blogging, but it’s a necessary one. Take some time right now to secure your site with a sound, regular backup plan. You’ll be glad you did!

When using WordPress for your website, backing up is a two-step process.  We’ll discuss both parts that require your attention and how to back them up effectively.
WordPress Site Files

Your WordPress site files consist of the following:

WordPress Core Installation
WordPress Plugins
WordPress Themes
Images and Files
Javascripts, PHP scripts, and other code files
Additional Files and Static Web Pages

The simplest way to backup these files, is to simply use FTP. Open up your FTP client, navigate on your host server to the folder (directory) that holds your site. Drag and drop it to your desktop. The program will proceed to copy your files to your hard drive, where you can then store them appropriately.

For FTP I use Fetch. It’s a Mac only program that costs $29. My oldest daughter uses CyberDuck. It’s also Mac only and is free. Some popular PC clients are: FileZilla, WinSCP, and SmartFTP.

WordPress Database

Your WordPress database contains your post text, page text, users, and most of the data generated on your site.

In an effort to make the transition to blogging as easy as possible for Win with 1 clients, I have tried to make backup as painless as possible by installing a plugin to easily and clearly automate the database backup process. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a plugin that I love — and that consistently works as described — but I’m currently using WordPress Database Backup (WP-DB-Backup). While the options don’t always work perfectly, it has never failed to backup.

To use this, just install, activate, and follow the plugin directions.

Backup Both Sides

When spending your time and resources to create a great blog, don’t forget to protect yourself from the inevitable calamities. If you back up both sides of your site — the files and the database — you can restore and be up and running again in no time.

Need help to backup your WordPress website, contact us today.

This information from the lovely Nicole over at Picasso Media Group steps you through the process of manually backing up your wordpress website: 

Backing up your website has always been important. The issue of backing up has been brought to the forefront of every small business owner with the hacking attack on Melbourne based hosting company Distribute IT.

The hackers also managed to delete all the backups for Distribute IT meaning that over 4,800 small businesses lost their websites due to the malicious attack on the company. Many of those companies did not have their own backups.


Those lucky enough to keep back ups of their website will be ok, but for those who lost their websites could prove to be a very costly and timely process in getting their websites back online.

Backing Up Your WordPress Website

There are two steps to backing up your site;

1.  Copying your wordpress files (this means your theme, uploaded media files and plugins)
2.  Backing up your database (which includes all of your page and blog post content)

NOTE: These instructions are only for those who are using cpanel webhosting.

Step One: Backing Up Your WordPress Files

To do this you will need an FTP client (I highly recommend FileZilla which is free to download).

Step Two: Backing up you database

For this section login to your website’s cpanel area (usually the same logins as above).

1.  Go to the myPHP option

2.  Select Database from the main options

3.  Then from here you select the database you want to back up. For example “test_wordpress”

4.  This will bring up a lot of different files that are in the database.
Click  the Export tab, generally the 5th tab across.

5. In the Export box you will need to select all of the files that are to be copied. 
(NB: If you have other programs that use the same database please unselect these files).  All files to do with wordpress files should be wp_file name.

6. Ensure that SQL is checked!

The SQL section – Tick the following boxes:

7. The DATA section
Leave the boxes inside this section unticked, but make sure to keep the checkbox next to the “DATA” heading checked.

8. Tick the ‘Save as file’ option, and leave the template name as is.

9. Now click ‘Go’ and you should be prompted for a file to download. Save the file to your computer. Depending on the database size, this may take a few moments.

If you don’t want to risk doing this yourself ask Picasso Media Group how we can help you. We can back up and store a copy of your website in case of emergency.