Different Ways To Backup Your WordPress Database Manually
March 3rd, 2018 | by Ravi Chahar || 6 Comments |
Having the backup of your website and the database is the first thing you should focus on. Whether you install a new plugin or try something else, it’s always recommended to backup your WordPress website.
As you all know the database gets updated every time you publish any post, install a plugin, delete a plugin, install or delete a theme.
Are you using a plugin or the manual method? You would be happy to know that there are different ways to backup your WordPress database manually.
In this tutorial, you will learn to backup all the database tables or the database skipping those which were created by the plugins.
Use phpMyAdmin To Backup The Database
This is the conventional method which should be followed for every WordPress website.
You have to use the cPanel of your web hosting account. There are a few steps to follow.
Step 1:- Login to your cPanel account and search for the databases’ section. Click on the phpMyAdmin icon and a new tab will open.
Step 2:- At the left side menu, you will see all the databases you have created so far. Whether you’re running a single website or multiple, you will see the list of the databases.
Choose the database name according to your website and it will show many tables.
Step 3:- Click on the “Export” link from the main navigation menu. It will show you an option to export the database in the SQL form.
Click on the “Go” button and the download will get started. This will consist all the database tables even those which were created by the plugins you have deleted.
Some plugins don’t delete their tables even after their uninstallation. That’s why it’s always recommended to uninstall a WordPress plugin completely from the database by removing all its tables.
But you haven’t done that then don’t worry, you can also skip those tables using the custom database backup method.
Choose the custom option and you will see many table names. You can uncheck the tables created by the plugin you have uninstalled.
Scroll down and you will see a few more option from which you have to choose the type of compression. Choose the “Zipped” file and you’re good to go.
Scroll till the end and click on the “Go” button to backup your database.
Backup The Database Using All In One Backup Section.
As you all know, you can directly backup your WordPress website and the database from the cPanel from the backup section.
You can use this method only for your database. To do that you have to navigate to the “Files” section and click on the “Backup” icon.
A new page will open showing you many options to backup your website and the database. You will see an option to backup the home directory which consists the whole data of your website.
If you’re hosting multiple websites, this one option can help you backup all the websites together.
Another option is to “Download a MySQL Database Backup”.
Under this section, you will see the names of the databases. Click on the database you want to backup. Either the download will get started or you will see an SQL file.
If such file appears, click on that file and then you will be able to download the database.
If you’re hosting a single website and don’t want to deal with the complicated structure of the phpMyAdmin then this method is perfect.
This is one of the different methods to backup your WordPress database you should try. Depending on the size of the database, you will have the backup file on your computer.
Have You Used Any of The Different Ways To Backup Your WordPress Database
Though most of the beginners try to find a plugin for backing up their website and the database but still if you’re going to choose the manual method then this guide is for you.
Do you use a plugin or manually accomplish this task? What’s your preferable method from all the different ways to backup your WordPress database?