Backups are an important task that you should keep in the back of your mind.

You should set a schedule to complete these Backups regularly. Perhaps on the first of the month?

Most programmers experienced with software and data storage recommend that you keep 3 copies of your Backups in various locations. I keep one on my computer in a dedicated directory, I keep another on my external drive and a third is available on a dedicated Thumb drive. This way if I loose the computer hard drive and the Thumb drive is corrupted, I can still retrieve my data.

Backups should be done before any major changes to your site, when installing a new plugin or when upgrading your WordPress installation. If you make a copy BEFORE you make your changes you have a way to go back and undo your changes should anything go wrong.

This process will allow you to back up the content of your site. If you want to reinstall this to another location you will still need to install the WordPress onto the new location first then restore your files from inside WordPress.

Lets Get Started:

Log in to your site. This is done by entering the name of your site followed by /wp-admin.

Enter your user name and password

*Note: You should ALWAYS change the UserName from Admin. This is done for demonstration purposes only



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JLennon Premium
Thank you. Good information.
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dalwhu Premium
This has been a really useful training post for me.

Thankyou I am now all backed up and updated!!!
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TylerH222 Premium
When I got to this stage, the screen above did not pop up asking me where I wanted to save it to. It automatically saved it as an xml file which I found in My Computer Downloads. How do I then move it to my backup directory?
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Labman Premium
Just cut the file and paste it where you want it saved.
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JoAna1946 Premium
Thanks Labman! Great tutorial!
Cheers,
Jo
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ockersegdb57 Premium
Thanks. After seeing a warning about backing up ones website I had to use this useful lesson to achieve it.
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rolion Premium
Do we have cpanel?
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Dgegegegwg Premium
No WA hosting doesn't have cpanel.
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rolion Premium
Thank you Chris
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camandche Premium
Thanks for that Labman!
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SuzQ Premium
Did this today. Also tagged a tutorial on how to restore. Great simple instructions even for those of us who try to make everything difficult!
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TechniSmart Premium
Nice post Craig. This will avoid many potential nightmares.

--Michael
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TechniSmart Premium
Nice post Craig. This will avoid many potential nightmares.

--Michael
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TechniSmart Premium
Nice post Craig. This will avoid many potential nightmares.

--Michael
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bill808 Premium
What is the restoration process if I am moving to a new URL?
1. Install wordpress
2. Select the theme
3. Activate the plugins
4. import the backup file.
Am I correct?
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Labman Premium
I would do 4 before 3.
I also use the wpclone tool to do a full backup when I'm moving a site from one host to another.
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NWTDennis Premium
Hey Craig,
I've been doing this on a fairly regular basis and definitely before I update or add a plug in. But a recent thread started by Marion Black indicated the Tools > Export/Import procedure backs up only your site content (Pages, Posts, Comments). It does not backup your site structure (theme, uploads such as images, and plugins).

She recommended using FileZilla FTP, but I find FileZilla such a malware swamp I'd rather not go there. So may I ask if that is how you understand the WP Tools capability, and if so how do you backup your site structure?
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TopAchiever Premium
This is an interesting and good question, I'd like to know the answer too.
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Ipersaud1 Premium
Read this the second time, very needed info, thanks for sharing. cheers.
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richardes Premium
Great post
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stn67 Premium
thanks Graig I opened shown on this post one day late
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Labman Premium
Well, you missed the day but you still should do a backup.
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stn67 Premium
I set it to automatically long time ago and it seemed the time so I had not checked it in a long time.
But I do regularly in the future thanks for the lesson
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eeohome Premium
Thank you! This was easy for me to understand and follow.
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scottyb2good Premium
Craig,
I believe I just created my own backup using these instructions. I have an xml file in notepad now. I made a folder in my downloads called BACKUP. No pop up like you had but just the file itself went down at the bottom. Viewed it then Copied it in BACKUP I made there. Seems right. But if something goes wrong with my site how do I use this to recover it ? Thanks . Scotty B ♫
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Labman Premium
Go back to tools, find the import box and follow the directions. You will need to install a plugin to import. But it is straight forward.
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ar20746 Premium
I just used. Thanks. :)
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PhyllisE1 Premium
The last window didn't pop up like yours did. It gave the coded page. what should I do?
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Labman Premium
Sounds like you opened the xml file. Locate the file that was downloaded and save that to a safe directory.
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PhyllisE1 Premium
Thank you. I'll try.
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PhyllisE1 Premium
I moved it to my documents but how do I get the original version? Sorry I don't know about this yet.
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PhyllisE1 Premium
Thank you for this info my friend. I appreciate it very much.
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G7 Premium
Thanks Labman very helpful
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Labman Premium
Welcome
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Wardah1 Premium
Thank you for helpful information.
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Karyskis Premium
Thank you, Labby!
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rob3 Premium
Very helpful, thanks!
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RadiantHealt Premium
Great info and advice, thank you :-)
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sandiccc Premium
Great help, thanks. I hadn't even noticed the "Tutorials" tab until today and I'd been wondering when the training was going to cover things like this!
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CharziG Premium
Super! Mine done too! :)
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success2010 Premium
Really good stuff ...I did mine.
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I've backed up my site in different ways. I haven't ever known there was a built-in way to do this! Great tutorial! Daniel
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Blessings44 Premium
Very helpful indeed!
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Thank you its very helpful backing up files.
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johnmack Premium
Thank you for this. Very straight forward.
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GaiC Premium
I need your help, I backed up yesterday and they did some updates which have stuffed my site. i.e. each page now indents to the middle of the page for the first 20 lines. As this is my first back up any clue on how to start trouble shooting would be welcome. gai
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GaiC Premium
Thanks peeps I will go and have a look at the other training as well. I thought it would be more complex. How do import back again after updating....with the import button?
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Labman Premium
There are two more tutorials. I did one on the manual backup of your wordpress files that will back up everything. Its a bit more involved but this is something you should learn eventually so that you have a full backup of your site. Here's the link: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/share_zone/view/1139

Sielke did one as well for when you want to move your site to new hosting. This starts with a backup of your site.
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thevaz74 Premium
Thanks so much for this Craig! It was so easy I'm tinking I must have done something wrong, lol. If you are not moving your site, and since this does not backup plugins and themes, should we be figuring out how to backup these also or is it not necessary?
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welshy Premium
I see Craig just posted link to another tutorial too, there are several different ways to do backups, if you want to do a complete backup you can have it setup to automatically do this every day/week/month and have it sent to a free Dropbox account if you want. I created a tutorial covering this https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/share_zone/view/1113
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thevaz74 Premium
@welshy I will check it out-thanks!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thank you for the info.
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Really nice explanation,In uploading my site i will use import is it correct?Can I still use FTP in uploading instead of dashboard import?do I need to zip or unzipped the files?
thank you Labman.
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Labman Premium
If you have exported the files into an XML file as the tutorial explains then you should be able to directly import this file into a new(or the same)Wordpress installation.
Just reverse the process using the Import function.

Keep in mind that this technique will ONLY backup your content. Pictures and other media will NOT be backed up. This includes the Theme and Plugins.

If you need to do a complete installation or are moving your site to another URL, check out my other tutorial on Backing up your site manually.
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/share_zone/view/1139

Or look at Seilke's tutorial on moving your site.
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mission0ps Premium
Back in the day Craig aka Welshy went PROPER above and beyond helping me out. This guy deserves Kudos..
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welshy Premium
Great add Craig, you had to show them the easy way didn't you. :)

I know you mentioned that you'd still need to install Wordpress, but you should also point out that no plugins/themes or uploads (meaning post images etc) are backed up via this method.
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Labman Premium
One of the nice parts of this new training module is that it can be readily edited. I will make sure to make that point.
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jpnetco Premium
I followed all that until "move file to your Backup directory" where is that directory?
I would have never thought of using that export tab, thanks for the heads up.
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Kyle Premium
This is referring to a directory on your local computer, this can be anything, you just want to store it somewhere safe and somewhere that you will be able to find the back up if you ever need it.
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thevaz74 Premium
Thank you Jp for asking that question (had the same one) and thank you Kyle for your answer. And of course, thanks again Craig for creating this tutorial! :)
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