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I get a good number of questions about what I use to backup my WordPress sites. My answer was generally that I did manual backups using the Backup Wizard in my hosting cpanel.
Most of the people asking that question usually weren’t extremely interested in having to do something manually, so I did some snooping around to find a good, automatic solution.
There’s Plugin For That
I read a reviews of a good number of WordPress plugins to see what people had to say. One particular plugin seemed to be getting a lot of positive attention.
BackWPup came highly recommended from several sources so I decided to take a look for myself. I’ve installed it on my site, set it up, and even ran a manual backup just to make sure it worked. And it did. It worked great!
Schedule Your Backups
You can create a regularly scheduled backup. You can schedule your site to be backed up hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
What Can You Backup?
You can select to have the database as well as all the files backed up. You can select any files/folders you don’t want backed up.
Where Do Your Backups Go?
You have several options.
Here’s a shot from the admin panel. You can see that I’ve selected Dropbox
Why did I choose Dropbox?
- It’s a free service,
- it’s easy to use and
- it will make sure my backup files are stored offsite.
You’ll notice the first option is to store your files in a folder on your site. Can anyone tell me why that be a bad idea? Well, you just don’t want to have your backups in the same locations your site is. If the reason you need to restore your site is because there was a problem with the server then the chances are pretty good that your backup files may be lost or corrupted if they’re on that same server.
Dropbox is an awesome free service and if you’re not already using it you should check it out.
- It allows you to share files with friends or business contacts.
- Your Dropbox is a place you can put files that you can then access from any computer or mobile device.
- And it’s a great place to store your WordPress site backup files.
Get your free Dropbox Account! (referral link).
How to Install BackWPup
You can see the plugin’s page in the WordPress.org Plugins Repository here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/backwpup/. There you could download the plugin and then upload it to your website, but the easiest way to install the plugin is…
To install it, the easiest way is to:
- login to your WordPress admin area and
- go to Plugins > Add New
- enter BackWPup in the search field and click ‘Search Plugins’
- it will pull up the information for BackWPup, click ‘Install Now’
- once it’s finished, click the activation link
Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin you’ll see the BackWPup menu item appear at the bottom of your WordPress admin menu.
Then to get started, go to BackWPup > Add New Job, then just walk through all the steps to create your backup.
I’ll do a screencast soon on installing and setting up BackWPup. It’s pretty simple to use, but I know having a short video can be helpful. Or if this is something you’d like to have on your site but don’t want to deal with setting it up, hire me! I’ll take care of it for you. Just ask. 🙂