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Watch: Backup Your WordPress Sites Manually and Easily

By Charles Costa

There are plenty of plugins to backup your WordPress site, yet the best way to ensure your backup works is… to do it manually! Yes it sounds difficult, but that’s only because you may not have realised that it only takes a few minutes to capture the basics. Watch as I demonstrate how to do this in less than 5 minutes.

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  • http://www.webdesignchoice.co.uk/ Web Development

    This is one of the best tutorial, I have come across in a long time. Helpful tips, definitely useful in future.

  • jimlongo

    i backup sites manually all the time. But I don’t see any reason to backup all the files. You only need the database, the wp-config.php file, and the wp-content folder. All customization should be in the wp-content folder, no other files (except the wp-config.php file) should ever be edited in any way.

    If you need to completely restore this site, install WordPress with a fresh installer, then replace those 3 items.

    I usually use phpMyAdmin to backup and restore the database, but if it’s very large you might need to resort to mysql command line, or some other program like BigDump to restore.

    And it’s also much easier if you compress the wp-content folder before downloading. You can do this in cPanel File Manager, or on the command line.

    • http://CharlesCosta.net Charles Costa

      Hey Jim,

      You make a good point but the main reason I suggested downloading all the files is because sometimes you do have users who don’t follow the best practices, and other times you have users who feel more comfortable doing a complete backup.

      Thanks for pointing that out however. In my future videos I’ll try working on pointing out things like that.

      • jimlongo

        Yes Charles I can appreciate you produced this for novice WordPress users, and as such it might be simpler to download everything. Definitely a lot faster if the files are compressed into an archive first, this will save a lot of time in both download and restore.

  • http://www.globalwebforce.com/ Hitesh Parekh

    In backing up your wordpress site, it is tempting to use a plugin to save time. But a manual backup is just as easy when it comes to backing up the necessities for your site.

  • http://www.globalwebforce.com/ Hitesh Parekh

    In backing up your wordpress site, it is tempting to use a plugin to save time. But a manual backup is just as easy when it comes to backing up the necessities for your site.

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