WordPress Website BackUps

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Backup with Plugins, FTP or phpMyAdmin

Updated: June 2, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Backup

Backing Up a WordPress Site

Backing up your WordPress website can be an important step to make sure that all of your data is kept safe. And in an alternative location.

In the event of something going wrong with your WordPress site, a backup is a good way to ensure that all of your files can be restored to their original condition.

Backup your Website as often as possible is a good way to prevent unforeseen problems
Occasionally when moving, deleting, or editing your WordPress files you may receive an error or changes to your website that can be very difficult and time-consuming to correct. This is why backing up your WordPress website is very important.

WordPress Backup with Plugins

We recommend using a reliable WordPress backup plugin. It removes the complexities involved in a manual backup such as FTP and makes the whole process simpler. Various plugins exist to take automatic scheduled backups of your WordPress database. This helps to manage your backup collection easily.

You can find "Backup Plugins" in the Plugin Browser on the WordPress Administration Screens.

Backup with Plugins

You can search for plugins at the WordPress Plugin Directory.

WordPress Backup Plugins.

Jetpack - WordPress Backup Plugin
Backup Migration - WordPress Backup Plugin
WP Staging Backup - Duplicator and Migration
BackWPup - WordPress Backup Plugin
UpdraftPlus - WordPress Backup Plugin
XCloner - WordPress Restore and Migrate
WordPress Backup and Migrate Plugin - Backup Guard
Prime Mover - Backup and Migration.

FTP Backup

There are many ways to back up your WordPress site. One way to back up your files is through an FTP client, like WinSCP or Transmit for Mac. This method is particularly useful if you cannot access your WordPress admin area.

Open an FTP client of your choice. See What Is FTP?
You will see your "Local Site" on the left panel (This is your computer) and the remote site on the right. (Your website)
Enter your credentials and connect to the site
Once the server connection is successful, you will see the directory on the right panel.

FTP Backup

Right click on "/public_html" folder and choose Download

Or if you want to choose specific files, double-click on the "/public_html" folder. Here you will see all the files and folders for your website. You can also drag and drop from right pane to left if this is easier for you.

Database Backup

With FTP backup - Only the files are backed up. You will still need to back up your WordPress Databases
We can do is by coping your database via phpMyAdmin
phpMyAdmin can be found within your cPanel
Login into cPanel and under "Databases" you will see phpMyAdmin.


You should see your WordPress databases. Choose your database from the left panel, and it will expand on the right panel to show you the contents.
Once you’ve selected the right database, simply select all the tables on the right panel and click "Export".

If you don’t know which one is your database
Inside the "wp_config.php" file you already downloaded with FTP will contain your database information.

Also see our blog on WordPress Maintenance and Databases.

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