April 6, 2013 at 7:51 am #33458
I have now created 4 wordpress websites using Studiopress (and loving the Support and flexibility of the templates!).
However – I am concerned that, if my servers go down, I have no backup of these sites in case I need to transfer the information to another domain server.
How do I back-up my WordPress Websites easily so that they can be easily recovered on another server if required?
April 6, 2013 at 8:48 am #33468
I use a plugin called Better WP Security.April 6, 2013 at 11:32 am #33506
I periodically download (copy via ftp) to my local machine the entire folder that contains my WPress installation.
Just yesterday I re-uploaded this folder so that I could “go back a few steps” on my WPress installation to a point before when I made some not-smart changes to the site structure. The restored (re-uploaded) installation worked just fine.
If there is any reason NOT to trust this method, I’d appreciate learning about it — I’m very much in learning-mode myself here.
I don’t really trust cloud-based backup, at least not as the ONLY backup of my site.
(just for info: I’m running the Genesis framework with the Lifestyle child theme)April 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #33508
In addition to backing up your site, check with your host. I use Hostgator and they do weekly backups and charge $15 to restore your site. This is not a method to solely rely on, just a fail safe.April 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm #33516
You should try Vaultpress.com which is developed by WordPress.com. It’s $15.00 a month and they have other plans. This is also a good option if you want to migrate to a different hosting company.April 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm #33559
Thanks for this – it would appear that the back-ups are a two-piece job:
1) Backing up the database (which “Better WP Security” appears to do) or otherwise exporting the database with phpMyAdmin
2) Backing up the config files via FTP
Is this correct?
April 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm #33562
Well, continue to ask questions because I do mine the old fashioned way – MANUALLY. You have to make sure that your theme is always backed up. Some people have complained that while the database is backup – it doesn’t back up your Theme Folder. You may have to do that manually. But I would check Vaultpress because I think they back up everything – including the theme folder.April 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm #33564
I do my backups manually.
Theme files via FTP.
Database via phpMyAdmin using Cpanel.
Never found a plugin that did both that I could trust.
Not a long job and if you only add content once a week you only have to backup once a week.April 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm #33565
This is how I do it manually –
1. Go to Tools > Export – export the XML file
2. Go to Genesis > Export – export the theme settings
3. I use WP-dbManager to backup the database. I download the database to my desktop
4. FTP my theme folder (but only if I made changes, if I didn’t make any – I don’t bother)
That’s pretty much it.April 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm #33583
My problem I face is that the website has been created as part of a multi-site and hyper-customized, so that I can’t even install or use the Import/Export WP tool. But I have FTP access.
I have a copy of the site (FTP) and would like to be able to upload all the content unto a new WP install located on a different hosting, and then use a Genesis child-theme. Any suggestion how this could be done? WP and Genesis are already installed.
Thank you in advance…
AndreApril 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm #33588
@Styzer, then I would take a look at Vaultpress because it will do that for you. It will help you migrate to a new install or even a new hosting company. If not, you will still need to download the MySql database if you can’t use the export function.April 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm #33609
Another option to try is Backup Buddy. It’s a plugin and it backs up the entire site if you want or just the database. I’ve had good luck with it so far migrating sites from my demo account to the live site. It’s pretty slick and in wide use. It’s not free.
You can also set it to run periodic automatic backups and, if you want, send those backup files (which are really big) to your destination of choice (dropbox, email, ftp, S3, others.)
I think you have gotten a good survey of the backup options out there! Lots of different ways to do it.April 7, 2013 at 2:21 am #33665
This has been great … you’re right – lots of different ways but I need to get my head round the restore procedure. Let’s say that the domain hosting company I use crashes or goes bust. If I was to restore the files onto a different host provider then the database name and user details would change. Which files would I need to edit to get my wordpress site to work on the new server account?
Big thanks … loving the responses
April 7, 2013 at 3:05 am #33666
decision made – going with Backup Buddy – found a discount code of TWITTER to use too!
April 7, 2013 at 3:12 am #33667
Check with your host first before you buy it, that they comply with the required settings.
BackupBuddy have a technical requirements page, which I sent to my host.
My host didn’t like one of the settings that had to be enabled so I never went with BackupBuddy.
The settings may be fine with your host, but best to check.
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