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Backup you Website with Plugins, FTP and phpMyAdmin

Updated: January 25, 2021
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Backup

Backing Up a WordPress Site

Backing up your WordPress website can be a 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
Or browse the plugins here

FTP Backup

There are many different ways to backup your WordPress site. One way to backup 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 a 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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