How to backup your wordpress site

In the spirit of transparency, I’d like to share a few tips for keeping your WordPress site secure.

Brief Overview of the WordPress Backup Process

This is the most common question I get from new WordPress users. Fortunately, there is now a way to easily back up your site. It’s called WordPress Backup and Backup Plugin.

Backing Up WordPress with the Duplicator Plugin

WordPress has one of the most intuitive and powerful backup plugins out there. The Duplicator plugin lets you backup your site in a matter of minutes, which is great for large sites with lots of pages and large files — but also useful for smaller sites with a handful of pages and a modest amount of content (especially for WordPress-based sites, which have to eat server space on backups anyway).

The Duplicator plugin is easy to use, requires no configuration, and works even if your site has no active plugins (which can be an issue if it has been hacked or something). You can also create custom backups by adding custom fields in the backend.

Finding the Proper Local Paths in cPanel

Many people don’t realize that they have a backup process until something goes wrong, and then it is too late to fix it. That is because they are so focused on the actual site that they have neglected to consider the local paths in cPanel.

If you are using a local directory like /home/username/my-local-directory , you can set up your backup process to create one of two files: /home/username/my-local-directory-bak or /home/username/my-local-directory .bak . If you want to retain the original location of the backups, use /home/username/.my-local-directory .

To find out your local paths in cPanel, go to:

System > Settings > Configuration > My Server

Then under Local File System, click “Show Advanced Options”:

Click “Upload Files” and click “Local Paths…”. Depending on what data type you want to use for your backups, if you see a long list of file types and subdirectories (e.g., *.png , *.jpg ) or a single file called my_backups_backup_folder (e.g., my_backups_backup_folder ), it is probably safe to assume that there is a backup created for each one of them. If you see only one file with an extension like png , jpg etc., then it means there is only one backup created for that particular type of file. Click “Upload Files” again and this time select your backup folder from the list (it will be displayed as my_backups_backup_folder by default). You can change it later if desired but be careful not to overwrite anything important, like your files or database… Click “Yes” when asked if you want to create new backups (if this option is grayed out, click “Yes” instead):

Now click “Yes” on the warning screen:

You will be prompted to enter your password when you start up cPanel again:

After some initial setup work is done, any changes made before creating backups will be lost forever… Yes indeed! This happens even after an automatic backup has been created and restored. To avoid these problems with automated backups, make sure that all changes made locally before restoring are backed up too; otherwise all changes will be lost and restore operations

wordpress is a fantastic platform for publishing, although it has one major drawback: the need to be a member of the “admin” user group. This means that you will have to save your site on a remote server in order to use it.

You can reduce this risk by using the WP-Restore plugin, which makes it easier to restore your site if something goes wrong with your hosting provider.

You can read more about the plugin here: http://wprestore.net/installation/restoration-of-a-site/

Conclusion

WordPress is a very popular and widely used Content Management System. This means that it is both a service that needs to be secure and also a great tool for many people who use WordPress.

Part of this security problem stems from the fact that there are hundreds of plugins available for WordPress which you can use to do anything from add fancy formatting to do more complex things to add ads or other types of content, change the design of your site, and more. There are so many plugins that they all have the same name and are effectively duplicates of each other. Many people don’t realize they need to replace their plugin with a newer version since they feel like they will be able to keep up with security updates. This is not true.

If you discover that your plugin doesn’t work anymore or something has gone wrong, then you need to know how long it would take for you to update your plugin, in order for you to have time for any updates.

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