I Dread Maintenance Tasks. Hello recent update to WordPress, thanks for pushing “website backup” way up my To-Do List. Thinking about skipping a backup before updating? Don’t risk it.
Use a Plugins for Simple Backups
The control freak in me wants to have control of the digital asset and file it the same as you would some old family pictures. This is a little more of a detailed process. It involves two portions of backup:
- The Actual WordPress Installed Files including Uploaded Assets
- The stuff that has been uploaded tot he database, i.e., post and page content
Backing up the WordPress Installed Files is easy. Simply download the files from your web server.
The database portion is a little more in depth. You have to go into Php Myadmin (which has its own login you oftentimes forget) and export a backup of the database. The export has a few features that you can change and it is important that you are using the correct settings so if need be you can later import that data back into the database and have it actually work. As a test I like to install a fake database on my webserver and upload the exported database file to make sure it was exported with the appropriate settings. Once you have the correct settings you can store them in a safe place to refer to on your next backup.
Depending on your storage capacities you may want to zip up the backup folder to save space. You may also choose to delete an earlier backup instance once you have a more recent one or keep “n” number of most recent backups. Again this is more about preference and capacity.