What is Backup

backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event. The verb form is to back up in two words, whereas the noun is backup.

Backups have two distinct purposes. The primary purpose is to recover data after its loss, be it by data deletion or corruption. The secondary purpose of backups is to recover data from an earlier time, according to a user-defined data retention policy, typically configured within a backup application for how long copies of data are required. Though backups represent a simple form of disaster recovery and should be part of any disaster recovery plan, backups by themselves should not be considered a complete disaster recovery plan. One reason for this is that not all backup systems are able to reconstitute a computer system or other complex configuration such as a computer cluster, active directory server, or database server by simply restoring data from a backup.

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Importance of WordPress Backups

  • Backups Are Your Website Insurance

Think of it this way, you buy life insurance, travel insurance, house insurance, so why not website insurance? A WordPress backup solution is your website insurance against any type or number of attacks. Having a backup with a click can mean having a fully restored website in just minutes.

The sad truth is that we all start using insurance when something bad happens. Take travel insurance as an example, until you get your wallet stolen abroad, or hurt yourself skiing, you rarely think about it, rather you look at it as saving yourself pennies. Same goes for websites, never had an issue, why would it happen to you?

  • Server Outages

No hosting company in the world can offer 100% uptime and reliably. Even the best WordPress hosting companies have had severe problems with their datacenters. Customers can experience irregular downtime and problems during this time for days.

There is a number of reasons why a server can go down. In 2007, for example, RackSpace’s power was completely cut off when a truck crashed into one of their electrical generators. Other outages have been caused by things such as software errors, hard drive failures or a change in server structure.

  • WordPress Websites are Vulnerable to Hacking

WordPress is by far the most used content management system for publishing content online. This is perhaps why it is targeted so frequently by hackers and spammers. Even if you use a security plugin on your website, there is still the risk of a malicious script injecting malware or a virus onto your website.

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You may not even know that someone has infected your website. One common technique hackers use is to overwrite one of your template files with their own code. This allows them to do a number of different things such as using your website to send thousands of spam emails. As a result, your server will be blacklisted by spam monitors and none of the emails you send from your websites will be received.

  • It Does Not Matter How Experienced You are: Mistakes Happen

Even experienced website owners who have been working online for several years make mistakes from time to time. The wrong files can get overwritten or deleted. Or a simple MySQL command with a small error can cause lots of data to be wrongly updated.

Mistakes are not something that happens every day, but when they do happen, you will be glad of any recent backups you have.

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  • You Cannot Rely Solely On Your Hosting Company for Backups

Many websites hosting companies offer daily or weekly backups of your website. In the event of something going wrong, this allows you to get a copy of your last working version of your website. Most hosting companies can roll back your whole website to a point when your website was working correctly. Be aware that shared hosting plans cannot always offer this feature as there are hundreds of other websites hosted on the same server.

Having your websites backed up daily by your hosting company does offer some piece of mind, however, it is dangerous to solely rely on your hosting company as your only backup solution. Hosting companies backup systems are always in-house. As noted previously, hosting companies can suffer outages due to electrical problems, drive failures and more. So if your backup is hosted in the same location, your backup may also be lost during an outage.

  • Be Smart and Back Up Often

It is important to back up your websites regularly. Backing up to your personal computer every day is not always practical, particularly if your website uses a lot of storage. A more practical solution is to use an external service to backup your files.

There are a number of WordPress backup plugins that will back up your a zipped version of your website to your server. There is no real benefit to doing this if your hosting company offers daily backups as the backup file will be stored in your main hosting package. So if your website goes offline, you will not be able to access the backup file.

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How to do WordPress Backup

Install UpdraftPlus

To install UpdraftPlus plugin follow steps:

  1. login to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. select plugins >> add new from the admin menu.
  3. in the search box enter “UpdraftPlus” and install it.

Backup WordPress site to local computer

To backup your WordPress site to your local PC follow steps:

  • Hover on settings tab in the admin menu and then click on UpdraftPlus Backup.
  • Now click on the button with text “Backup Now“.
  • a popup will appear asking you for things you want to include in your backup, just tick Include the database in the backup and Include any files in the backup.
  • Now it will take some time to create a backup for your website.
  • To download the files you just backup, click on Existing Backups tab.
  • It will show you the list of backup available, click on each button to download it your PC.

How to perform WordPress Backup

  • After downloading all the backup to your PC delete it from your server because it will take approximately 200mb of space.

Backup WordPress site to cloud (Dropbox)

Now we are going to store our backup to remote storage and for this example, I’m going to use Dropbox. follow steps:

  • Hover on settings tab in the admin menu and then click on UpdraftPlus Backup.
  • Now click on the Settings tab.
  • Scroll down to Choose your remote storage and select one of the options (I’m going to choose Dropbox)
  • Now scroll down to Include in files backup and tick all the files you want to backup.
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How to perform WordPress Backup

  • Finally, click on Save Changes button.
  • After clicking on save button scroll up and reach Authenticate with Dropbox option and click on the link.
  • Login to your Dropbox account and give UpdraftPlus permission to upload files in your account.

How to perform WordPress Backup

  • After allowing updraftplus to upload a file to your Dropbox account you will be redirected back to updraftplus dashboard and you should see the following message.

How to perform WordPress Backup

  • Now, whenever you will click on “Backup Now” button remember to tick Send this backup to remote storage option.

How to perform WordPress Backup

Restore a WordPress site from backup

Let’s simulate a situation in which hacker have access your WordPress site and they have deleted all posts, pages, images, theme, plugins, and everything. What will you do in this case? Well if you have the backup then you can make your site live in just a few minutes.

  • To restore the website from backup, you should first install UpdraftPlus plugin on your website.
  • Click on Restore button.
  • If your backups are not already listed then click on Upload backup file link and upload the backup.

How to perform WordPress Backup

  • After uploading all the backups file, click on restore button, a popup will appear asking you what you want to restore, just tick everything and on restore button.

How to perform WordPress Backup

  • Finally, you have restored your website from the backup you created earlier.

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