I’m wondering if using an FTP program to copy critical files to another location might be the easiest way to do WP backups, since I’ve got installs on a number of sites now?
Can anyone provide a list of the files that should be copied from a WP site server, such as those containing photos, text, theme info, any anything else critical?
And, if a site goes south, would simply copying these files back into their original folders on the server result in a rebuild?
I thank you.
It’s certainly a good idea to save a copy of your theme files, images, etc., but that alone will not restore your site should anything happen to it. You will also need a copy of your database which is where all your text and inline photos live. There are several plugins available that allow you to schedule regular database backups. Personally, I love Backup Buddy because it will preserve everything on your site (all widgets, settings, etc.) and it makes restoration or migration very simple.
Thanks Susan. I know of backup buddy. I just have a level of mistrust with back up programs as having one fail on me some years back meant the critical loss of data. I would rather dig into the guts, and using ftp or similar, make a copy of all critical files.
Have you ever done a restore with B/U buddy?
I’ve never had to do a restore with Backup Buddy, but I’ve done plenty of migrations with it.
You can always manually back up your database through your cpanel. This link covers what you need to do:
Merry Christmas… or whatever holiday you may be celebrating.
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