How to Backup your WordPress Website Automatically, and Be Ready When Disaster Happens?

This article is for website owners who have either just started with their first website or blog for WordPress or who are already a couple of years in but still haven’t thought this ‘data backup’ thing through.

If you’re unhappy with your current website backup solution you might find a good alternative in this post as well.

See dealing with an amazing Platform, like WordPress, is just amazing. The simplicity, the ease of use is good, that makes always assume that things are going well, and nothing will ever go wrong. But that’s not really the case, and a lot can go wrong, things are within our control, and many things are outside of our control, and that’s the scary part.

In this post, I am showing you a Free Plugin, that will help you create backups with ease.

Here are 5 reasons WHY You Should Backup Your WordPress Website and have a backup ready at all times:

1) Database or File Corruption:

You might have wanted to install this new fancy plugin, that will allow you, to do something spectacular, and suddenly, your website, becomes nonfunctional,  may be the plugin is not compatible with your current theme, or may be the plugin has a bug and somehow it doesn’t work well with your current  version of WordPress.

So as you can see a lot can go wrong. Bugs are always there, and mistakes do happen, so having a backup, makes you ready, when the unexpected happens.

2) Server Crash or Malfunction:

You might tell me now, that hey my web hosting company, have their own backups, and they do backup my site, along with that, so if something happens, I can always contact them, and get a fresh copy, pay them some money, and all is good.

That’s true, but there are some things that you are not aware of:

a) Web Hosting Companies, do run backups, but mostly they are Weekly or Daily, so they are still might not have the latest copy of your website. And by the way they have no commitment to you, so think about the 2 posts that took you 5 hours, to write, and now, you have to write again? Think how much your time is worth?

b) If a major disaster, happens, at the web hosting company, the time, that will take them to recover your personal website, might be a while, which means that your website might be inaccessible for hours or days, and if you are running an eCommerce website, or a business website, that can lead to a major financial disaster.

c) it will cost you money for the hosting company to go and restore your website, from a backup.

3) Attacks from Hackers or bad People:

I had this happen to me, my website, was hacked, and somehow they managed, to install a bad plugin, that generates a spam, which led the hosting company, to take my website down, since my website, was generating tons of spam. Again, I could have spent the time, trying to debug, and see what happened, and see which ones are the bad files, but restoring from a recent backup saved me lots of time and hassle.

Also…I highly recommend that you check out my post, on how to secure your WordPress Website.

4) Doing some custom changes, modifying the code yourself, for an added functionality or the style sheet, to change the look and feel

Certain times, you might want to change certain things on your WordPress website, since everything is open source, technically speaking all aspects of  WordPress are open to change, but NEVER do this, without a backup, small mistakes and your website, can become inaccessible, so make sure that you know, what you are doing, when doing such changes.

So now you might be wondering what you should backup?

The simple answer….EVERYthing…. You will need to backup everything, and in order for you to get a sense of that, I am going to briefly explain to you, what an actual WordPress website consist of .

a) The Database (Which contains all your data, and your Website Information, all your posts, pages, categories, tags are stored there)

b) The wp-content folder (which contains all your images, plugin files, and themes, etc.)

c) The core data (WordPress system files), and these are the essential files that makes your WordPress website, without these files, your WordPress site won’t function or render.

The above are the 3 Major Pillars for any WordPress website, and any backup solution, in my opinion is not complete, if it doesn’t cover all of them.

How to setup a descent backup solution to get you started:

There are many Free Plugins that are available and that will provide with descent solution. The plugin that Iam going to show you, will provide you with a good starting point, and what I like about it, that it is very simple and easy to use. You will notice that, in the video training below, but it has one drawback, in my opinion, that it doesn’t transfer the backup file, to other 3rd party services, such as FTP, DropBox, or Amazon.

But again it is a good starting point, and in the video training, I will show you how to get started with this plugin, and how to set it up so you can have your website backed up at all the time.

Make sure that you download the BackUp WordPress from the Plugin Repository.


Final Words about WordPress backup:

Whether you like this plugin, or use another one, go Backup, and always Backup. Because you really don’t know, when things can go wrong. Think about it, how much effort did you put on your current site? How much time, and energy you spent on writing your posts, or making your website looking good.

So you really owe it to yourself, and to your investment, to have a backup in case if something goes wrong. Think of it as a mini insurance policy that you have for your website, because things can really go wrong when least expected, and in the worst times.

In the next training, I am going to cover the restore process, and I am going to show some other plugins that does backup, and at the same time, copy your backup files, to other 3rd party locations, such as drop box, amazon, or other cloud solutions.

So tell me what do you think of this plugin? What other backup solutions, do you use, and why ? Do you backup your website regularly?

Please post your comment below, and stay tuned to Part II of this training.