Transcript of the video tutorial BackUpWordpress: How to make a site back-up
Today I want to show you how to use the WordPress plug-in ‘Back-up WordPress’ to make a complete back-up of your WordPress site.
Whatever size or type of website you run, backing up is incredibly important to perform.
Being familiar with the process means that you will confidently make copies of the files and databases that control your site before you carry out any actions that may potentially cause issues and require you to revert to a previous version of the site, in effect your last back-up.
There are many different scenarios when you might need to use the saved files you created and these are covered in the tutorial ‘Why do I need to make a back-up of my website?’
For this tutorial I’m assuming that you have already installed the plug-in, and it is activated.
If you have not yet done so then please follow the video Tutorial ‘How to install a WordPress plug-in’.
On the ‘home’ screen go to the sidebar menu and choose ‘Tools’ then select ‘Back-ups’
You will now be at the ‘Manage Backups’ screen.
Let’s take a quick look at what we see here.
Under the title, you will see a list of the scheduled back-ups.
The figure in brackets indicates how many completed back-ups are currently stored on your server.
Here you can see the current schedules that have been set up. There may be just one or many.
You may wonder why you would wish to have different schedules of back-ups.
For my site I like to make a daily copy of the ‘database’, that’s the location that holds all the content (words, audio, and images) of all of my ‘pages’ and ‘post’.
This is because I tend to add ‘posts’ and ‘pages’ on a daily basis.
However I only choose to make a full ‘files and database’ back-up once a month.
This is because I don’t tend to make structural or visual changes to my site regularly and so a monthly back-up is adequate for my purposes.
We cover the reasons for backing up ‘databases’ and ‘files’ more fully in the tutorial ‘Why do I need to make a back-up of my website’.
If you have opted to set up more than one ‘Scheduled Back-up’ then you will see them listed in a row.
You can toggle between each type of schedule to see the details.
The current active schedule, will appear in black script whilst the others remain in blue script.
Below this line you will see details of the selected schedule.
Here we are looking at my ‘Complete Monthly’ schedule.
You will be able to see:
- the estimated size of the back-up that will be created
- the date of the month that it will run
- the time that it will run on that day
- the max number of back-ups that will be stored
- the email address that a report will be sent to
Again for more information about creating schedules please view the video tutorial ‘How to set up schedules for Back-up WordPress’
Below this you will see a report of any previous backups that have run for that particular schedule.
Here you can review
- the date and time of the last completed back-up
- the final size
- the content of the back-up e.g. ‘files’ or ‘database’
There is also a link to ‘download’ the back-up to your computer or other storage location e.g. cloud storage, flash drive etc
You can also delete any back-ups (note these will be permanently deleted from your server)
Toggling to another schedule will reveal it’s details.
Even if you have set up scheduled back-ups there are times when you may wish to complete one manually.
For example you may have a backup that was taken in the last week, however in the last few days, you may have created a number of new posts or pages that you wish to ensure are saved before the next scheduled back up in a few weeks time.
Or you may have decided to make some design changes to your site and before doing so you wish to make a complete back-up so that you can roll back to your current iteration of your site, should you encounter unforeseen issues during the design work.
Firstly decide what ‘type’ of back-up you require, for example do you need to save just your ‘database’ or your ‘files’ or ‘both’.
I tend to choose ‘both’ but this may depend on the size of your WordPress back-ups and how long it might take.
Once you have decided then make sure you choose the correct schedule that carries out the ‘type’ of back-up you require.
Here if I chose to run a manual ‘Database Daily’ backup I would only save the ‘database’ and not the files.
So in this scenario I would choose to run the ‘Complete Monthly’ and so save both the ‘database’ and the ‘files’.
Click ‘Run now’ to start the process.
BackupWordpress will begin to run and may take a few moments to complete.
Finally you may wish to get more help regarding setting up the plug-in or you may have other questions about it.
There is a handy ‘Help’ section that you can access by clicking on ‘Help’ in the right hand corner of the screen.
Here you will find more information about setting up schedules, resolving common issues & errors as well as other useful information about the plug-in.
I hope that this Brand Traction video tutorial has been useful.
Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions.
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