Making periodic Backups of your website is good housekeeping. Should your site get damaged at any time it will be a VERY GOOD THING to have something we can fall back on to when rebuilding.
I have installed BackWPup, which will allow you to make these periodic backups.
BackWPup is set to back up all files in a compressed fashion and to save a copy on your Website Server but also to send a copy to my server so that two copies are always being made.
On your server your backups are being stored in wp-content/uploads/backwpup
When should you backup?
The most important time to back up the ENTIRE SITE is BEFORE you do anything major, like install a new plugin or update WordPress, especially if the plugin instructions say to back up before installing. This will be a lifesaver in the event something goes south.
Database Only – You should backup the database at least once a month. The database is what holds all the ever changing information in your site. It stores your pages, posts, users, calendar of events…. all the data!! If you blog a lot, change or add pages, add things to an event calendar the you need to backup the database even more often. This generally takes just a few minutes to run.
Backup Entire Site – This not only backs up the database but all the supporting files that run your website, the plug in, images, and all the “code” that creates your site.
How to Backup:
- Locate the BackWPup Link in the top Navigation bar of your admin panel.
- Select “jobs”
- A drop down will appear with the jobs already created. Select the backup you want
- Click “Run Now”
There are two JOBS