How To Backup Your WordPress Website Properly Without Any Plugin
February 1st, 2017 | by Ravi Chahar || 19 Comments |
Every time you read an article about making any changes to your website, the most recommended thing is to backup your website and database.
Most of the people use the plugins but it’s not always the best method.
There are thousands of plugins in the WordPress repository but it doesn’t mean you should always rely on those.
You can also backup your WordPress website without using any plugin. Just the use of simple WordPress directory.
As you know, to have the full backup of your website there are two things included.
One is the website data and another one is the database. You will learn about both the things in detail.
1. Backup The Website Data
If you have used the cPanel of your web hosting account then you would be familiar with it.
If it’s your first time then don’t worry. Follow the steps.
Step 1:- Login to the cPanel and search for the “Files” section. Click on the “file manager” icon and a new page would appear in front of you.
You would see many files and folders of your website.
Step 2:- You can select all the files and folders using “ctrl+A” or use the checkbox shown in the above menu.
After selecting, click on the “compress” button.
Step 3:- A popup would open in which you have to choose the extension of the backup file. Select “ZIP” and enter the name of the file below.
Click on the “Compress” button and within a few seconds, you will see another popup to close.
Step 4:- Refresh the page and you will see a ZIP file with the name you entered during compression.
Double-click on that file and it would start downloading.
You can also use the right-click to see the download option.
Depending on the size of your website, the website data would get downloaded to your computer hard drive.
2. Backup The Database.
Now, it’s the turn to backup WordPress database using phpMyAdmin.
Just like above, you have to follow a few steps.
Step 1:- Login to your cPanel and search for the “Databases” section. Click on the “phpMyAdmin” icon and a new tab would open in your browser.
Step 2:- From the left-hand side menu, you have to search the name of the database of your website.
Step 3:- Many tables would appear in front of you. You just have to click on the “Export” button shown in the upper menu.
You don’t need to change anything now. Just click on the “Go” button and the download would get started. Within in a few minutes just like the website data, the database download would also get finished.
You have successfully accomplished your task.
If something goes wrong, you can restore website from the backup.
There are many people who run the many websites on the same server. Well, you can also backup your WordPress website when you run multiple websites.
There would only be a small change.
While selecting the website data, you have to skip the folder of other websites. Whether you have added an addon domain or a sub-domain, you just have to select the data of your main website.
And if have moved your website into any other folder then just select that folder and compress it.
Sometimes, people don’t back up their main website, They backup their another website which is stored in a separate folder.
You have to use the data according to your requirements.
I hope Now, You Can Easily Backup Your WordPress Website And The Database
While running a website, you would need to do many changes to maintain the pace with the current trend.
To get more exposure from the social media networks, you would need to add social sharing buttons so that people can share your posts.
And it’s important to backup your WordPress website before using any new plugin or updating any existed.
There are many other situations which would give you the signs to have the full backup of the website data and the database.
This would work for you. If you have any question, feel free to ask.