You should always have a backup copy of your WordPress blog because you never know when your website will crash or get hacked.
As a precaution, it’s important to ensure that your files are backed up at least once a week so you can restore your site. You spend way too much time writing blog posts to suddenly lose it all if something goes wrong, right?
This tutorial will show you how to set up backup WordPress automatically.
Installing a Backup Plugin
The plugin I use is to backup WordPress is called… wait for it…. BackUpWordpress! I like using this plugin because it’s useful and simple, just the way I prefer all my tools! It’s the best WordPress backup plugin in my opinion after testing out some other ones.
With BackUpWordpress, you’re provided with the options to schedule your backups hourly, daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Before we go any further, you can download the plugin below.
Download | BackUpWordpress
Alternatively, if you don’t want to upload the plugin yourself, you can head on over to your admin panel, go to Plugins > Add New and search for “backupwordpress” in the search bar and install it from there.
You can access BackUpWordpress by going to Tools > Backups in your admin panel. You should be here at this point:
As you can see in the screen capture above, there are three tabs. Two of them in which I created using the scheduling feature. I’ll explain them:
- Database Daily – this displays all of my existing database backups that are stored in my server account. It doesn’t contain any of your content files, only your MySQL Database! I’ve configured BackupWordpress to backup my database files daily
- Complete Daily – this displays all of my existing complete backups that are stores in my server account. It contains both my database file and my content files. Basically it’s a backup of my entire site done daily.
- + Add Schedule – this is where YOU can create your own custom schedules. As I mentioned earlier, you can choose to schedule daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly backups. Your schedule doesn’t have to be daily like mine but I would highly recommend it if you’re pushing out blog posts every day.
Once you save your schedules, you’re all set! Backup WordPress will automatically create backups of your entire website. If you ever need to restore a backup, just follow the guide below.
External Article | How to Restore a Backup
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