Backup Your Blog Regularly

By Daniel Scocco

Creating backups of your blog is like drinking water. You know you should do it at regular intervals, but often times other activities get in the middle and you just forget about it.

The possible consequences of not backing up your blog, however, are much more serious than missing the middle-morning water glass. Should your server crash for some reason, or your websibe get hacked, you will lose valuable data.

Personally, I try to backup all my websites weekly (but I am lazy, so if you have time you can even do it daily!). Below you will find a quick checklist for backing up your blog.

  1. Use an FTP client to download all the site files (the WordPress folder)
  2. Log into phpMyAdmin and select your WordPress database
  3. Click on “Export” and make sure that all the WordPress tables are there
  4. On the “Structure” section tick “Add Drop Tables,” “Add AUTO_INCREMENT,” and “Enclose table and field names with backquotes”
  5. On the “Data” section leave all the boxes unticked
  6. Tick “Save as file” and download the database (you can use compression if your database is big)

If you don’t have access to phpMyAdmin, you can use the WordPress Database Backup plugin.



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65 Responses to “Backup Your Blog Regularly”

  • Make Money Easy Online

    Am glad I found this post and I am taking Daniel advise.

    But can anyone teach me how to install it on my localhost so that I can go through some of the posts and after editing, upload into my server?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Digitalmalay Digital Issues

    Thanks man.I’m looking for this info.But i think it is wise to put some snapshot to make it more clearer

  • Armand

    Thanks for the tip. I guess it’s also useful when you’re going to transfer your current blog to another hosting services.

  • Bang Kritikus

    Thanks Daniel, good point to prevent our blog and folder from accident

  • Computer Backup

    yeah, theres really no excuse for not doing it, especially when you can do it for free.
    -jack

  • Sheraz Ahmed

    Hi I am searching blog backup utility.
    Can u tell me about WP-DB-Backup, what is this?

  • Darjinfo

    Thanks for the info, very useful… i am using WP-DB-Backup and it is quite handy.

  • Richard X. Thripp

    I have a LiveJournal blog which I use the LiveJournal Crossposter plugin on. It automatically copies my posts to LiveJournal, updates them if I edit, and deletes them if I delete them on my blog. It will even has an option to cross-post old entries in the settings.

    Posting doesn’t seem any slower, and I have a running backup of my blog posts on LiveJournal.

  • Computer Backup

    yeah and the good thing about backup is that a lot of companies offer it for free, or very cheap. its worth it… especially if you have files you cannot afford to lose or replace.
    -Mikey

  • FT Lauderdale Real Estate

    ohh, i havent backed up in a while, thanks for the reminder

  • Blog Backup Addict

    This post (and its comments) supports the theory that most bloggers don’t backup their blogs. I cannot stress enough how this is important.

    Fellow bloggers heed the call. Back up your blogs now and regularly from now on.

  • Ngarag

    Great and interesting tip. This is a very helpful resource to all bloggers like me who don’t want to lose their blogs.

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