Author Loes
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Backup your files and images without plugin or FTP

  1. Go to your dashboard
  2. Tools > export > all content
  3. Save as - Folder: Backup website and library
  4. Go to Media
  5. Bulk selection
  6. Right click > save as > Webpage complete
  7. Folder: Backup website and library
  8. Cancel selection
  9. Check up if your library is copied
  10. To be completely save, copy the files to an USB stick

Never delete images from your media library which you are using on your website!

This is an emergency procedure, in case the server gets hit by a bomb.
You can rebuild your website from the bottom.

For a complete backup to restore your website you can use FTP

Using Filezilla to backup your website

Now all files and images are copied to your computer

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sdawson Premium
Thanks. I have not been saving my media images. I will start doing that now -shirley
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Loes Premium
This is just an emergency backup. When everything goes wrong everywhere, a bomb falls on the server of WA, you have with this your website as a puzzle with 10.000 pieces.
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phoeby123 Premium
Brilliant. Thank you.
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Loes Premium
Nice to hear that Phoeby:)
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phoeby123 Premium
Where do you find royalty-copyright-free sound/music clips? Any suggestions?
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Loes Premium
Yes, I have on my website 301 amazing tools with a couple of royalty music sites, I will PM you the address
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NWTDennis Premium
Thanks Loes,
This is basically the procedure I have been following, except I've not been saving the file on a USB stick or external hard drive. Dah! ... so if my PC crashes there goes the backup content files for my sites.

This is content only (pages, posts, and images) ... not the WP site structure. Had a bad experience with Filezilla, so I rely on the WA daily site backup service to preserve site structure since I host here on WA.

Do I do this as often as I should? Unfortunately ... Not.
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Loes Premium
I do this with every WP update
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DynamicDavid Premium
Liked this. And as Joe says, there is no like button.

Thanks for this. I also liked the music in the video as well as the video content.
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Loes Premium
Thanks David, viewing the video counts as a like
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JLennon Premium
There is no "Like" button. So, I will offer you a sincere thank you.
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Loes Premium
Thank you so much, Joe. That´s a pity;) They must have changed that.
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islantresj Premium
Thank you very much for this training!

I have two questions if you may have time to answer...

1. In the linked Jan/17 article below I read that 'WP exports' do not export your theme, plugins, and other important website files.

Question:

I see inside WP that "All Content" = "All posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus, and custom posts".

May I confirm that the method described in your tutorial above includes 'MySQL database along with all website files' (as suggested in the article below).

Linked Article: https://skillcrush.com/2015/04/23/backing-up-wordpress/)

2. When I follow the instructions the files automatically open in Internet Explorer (which I no longer use) and I get a pesky pop up that won't go away saying: "Choose your home page and search settings" which I'm leery of clicking.

Question:

Do you know how I can configure saving my WP backup in another browser like Firefox or Chrome? (instead of IE)

Thanks from a Newbie!!
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Loes Premium
Hi Isla'sTresj,

1. No, this is only a file back-up. when everything fails, you are able to build your website from scratch again.
It is quick, and when your computer crashes between 2 back-ups, you will have your last added files.

2. I have no idea )-:
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islantresj Premium
Thx so much for your time to reply!!
I really appreciate it :)
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phildora Premium
Hi, you can go into either Firefox and set it as your default browser by clicking: Tools-Options-General this is where you can select FF as your default.

Or

You can go into Google chrome by clicking: Settings-Default Browser-Make Default

Hope this helps!
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islantresj Premium
Thank you, this helps a lot!
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phildora Premium
You are very welcome!
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esteadman Premium
Loes,

Thanks for the training, as usual, clear and to the point. I knew about the export tool but not about the way to back up images. Perfect, now its all in one place.

Ed
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Loes Premium
That's what I thought too, when I discovered this:)
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phildora Premium
Thanks-a-million Loes! This came at the right time for me since I will be changing the theme on my site and will need to accomplish this with a careful and strategic backup plan.
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Loes Premium
Glad you like my training, Phildora
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SuzQ Premium
Loes, An extra backup is always good. Thanks for sharing.
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Loes Premium
That's right, it gives a safe idea when the files are backed up on several devices in different ways
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RandyL1 Premium
Loes, thanks for sharing.

Randy
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Loes Premium
My pleasure Randy:)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Loes,

Michael has been saving the websites on the USB on a regular basis.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Loes Premium
Very good:) Have a great evening in Spain:)
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Megastar Premium
Thank you Loes. Leo
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Loes Premium
You´re welcome Leo
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bpais1 Premium
Hi Loes,

I tried steps 5 through 9 to download my media library (by the way, if the library is in "list mode" you can not "bulk select"...it needs to be in "grid" mode.).

My resulting "Webpage complete" download appeared to be only a view of one page of pictures and not the entire library group.

What am I doing wrong? And, can this actually be used for backup?

Jim
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Loes Premium
This is only for emergency back/up and cannot restore the website with one click of a button. Your files are all saved in one folder.
On the left of the toolbar, you can switch from list to grid
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Carol46 Premium
Thank you, Loes. Always so helpful :)
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Carol
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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks Loes. I already do the Tools Export backup for all of my websites, but I liked how you saved all the images in the Media Library.

Even though I already have a folder on my computer and a USB drive of every image I have used on my websites, now that all of my images are optimized backing up the ML will be worth it.
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Loes Premium
Thank you, Robert! I have them all and much more in my computer folder, these are only the used ones.
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes, and being that the used ones are now optimized and the same images on my computer are not, doing this Media Library backup will be beneficial.
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Loes Premium
Very nice to read you benefit from this tip:) Have a great day Robert
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kiliwia62 Premium
That's fantastic Loes. Thanks for sharing :)
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Sylvia, it´s for backing up your files, not for a website restore.
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LouisaB Premium
This is great? Easy guide to use, and just to the point. Thank you!
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Louisa
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LouisaB Premium
You're very welcome Loes!
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MCrim Premium
Thanks for the info, Loes! This is a lot easier than finding an appropriate plugin!

mitch
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Loes Premium
You just backing up all used files with this Mitch, not a complete website restore.
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DarleneB Premium
Thanks for the tutorial. I tried it & it works great. Love the music.
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Loes Premium
Thank you, great it worked:))
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joejr49 Premium
You gotta love a good plan!!!
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Joseph
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Droseh Premium
Love the music!
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Loes Premium
Thank you, it comes with screen cast o magic, they offer random tunes
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Phil-58 Premium
awesome post again and thanks for sharing
I don't do it unfortunately, I may have done it once or twice over the last ten months only...probably not good enough,
I am adding new material every week and constantly updating the existing material, so I would need to look at this issue more regurarly
cheers and thanks for this reminder
PB
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Loes Premium
WA does it for you, PB, but you never know what happens, it's no guaratee, and it stays our own responsibility
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jivitaa339 Premium
Thanks Loes for sharing:)
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Loes Premium
My pleasure Shubhangi, hé you have a new profile pic, I almost didn't recognize you, looking great!
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jivitaa339 Premium
Thanks Loes:)
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LorrieP Premium
Thanks Loes, this is great
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Lorrie
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teddae Premium
Ok, this is great Loes! But are you sure you have all the steps there? ... for us newbies who are nervous about backups. I just ask my host to do it, but I gotts to know! :)

And you say emergencies, so this is somehow different or requiring some kind of "rebuild from bottom"?
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Loes Premium
Yes all the steps are there, and yes this is different from using a plugin or make a backup using FTP
When you use a plugin you can build your website as it was, but the problem with using plugins is that they are often abandoned and do not work anymore.
Using FTP, you need to be a little advanced.
This is an "in between" solution, you can not build with one push of the button a lost website, but you do not lose any files as well.
WA is backing up your website too. So this is just for cases when everything else fails. But it gives you a safe feeling, you have all your files on your computer.
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teddae Premium
Got it. Thanks for the clarification. Does WA offer a VPS service?
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Loes Premium
What the heck is a VPS service?
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teddae Premium
Dedicated server. as opposed to shared. I've learned the hard way not to share.
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Loes Premium
I don't know anything about that, sorry
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StevenEsser Premium
WA doesn't offer VPS Services (at least not right now). WA only has WordPress hosting in the cloud (AWS).

There are many places outside that offer VPS. I got some sites running at Linode (mostly custom code or different web languages). But the biggest amount of sites are running here at WA.

Can help out anytime, just pm me.

Steven
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teddae Premium
Thanks Steven! It's timely because my annual shared hosting expires this month, so I need recommendations for good value at high quality, etc.
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HalimNajm Premium
Thank you very much
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Halim
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Jim-Bo Premium
I likey the music, Loes.

Not seen anything of Deirdre for a long time...she okay?
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Loes Premium
Haven't seen her around lately too Jimbo, she still is a premium, you can PM her. Her lastest reply on her profile is from 2 months ago
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celiacman Premium
Thank You
This is a very useful training we all need to know how to do

Jeff
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Jeff
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SurfsideBob Premium
Thanks Loes, will try it out on one of my sandbox sites first. Bob likes easy...easy is good! :-)
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Loes Premium
WA has a complete backup, but you never know what's going to happen Bob, and this way you always have all your used files
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SurfsideBob Premium
I've used Updraft Plus for quite some time, but was reading a post by Marion Black the other day indicating that this plugin doesn't work in the WA platform. She also offered some other alternatives which I need to look at this morning...after another cup of coffee. lol But I saved her post and yours so I can approach this the best way possible. Thanks for your input Loes! Oh yeah, here's the link to Marion's post.
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Loes Premium
I am familiar with Marion's training:) The thing is, that sometimes plugins are abandoned and stop working correctly. And FTP backups are often way over the head of starters
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SurfsideBob Premium
Gotcha, I've seen that with plugins over the years. I'm fine with FTP but it would freak most people out. lol Plus I can't access FTP thru WA for the 1st 30 days of a new site. All will be fine. Peace my friend, and thanks again for this info.
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StevenEsser Premium
looks like there is a market to create a backup plugin that works lol ;)
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Kambas Premium
Saving us time, saving us money, putting us first! :D
Thank you Loes!
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Kamil:))
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TaniaHersel Premium
Great, thank you.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Tania:)
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Cebu Man Premium
Thanks Loes!
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Peter:)
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teddae Premium
Hey Cebu Man, just curious if you live there and know another American living there for 20 yrs or so... my uncle, Mike Mortenson?
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Cebu Man Premium
Hi teddae. Unfortunately, I don't live out there....yet. But I plan on it. I've got my family out there and hope to be with them soon. I've traveled there at least once or twice a year since 1997 and am very familiar with the place. Probably more so than my own home town. lol
Your Uncle's name is very familiar, I may have met him but I'm not 100% certain.
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teddae Premium
You're bound to run into him!
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N33 Premium
Thank you Loes,

.. and by now I even know how to bookmark it.

I hope you are fine and you found a solution.
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Loes Premium
Thank you, yes I am fine:) Have a great day Anne
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bobrseno Premium
Thank you, Loes!
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Bob:)
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drcmaint Premium
Thanks for this, and bookmarked.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome John:) Have a great day
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LH-CLUB Premium
Cheers Loes
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Loes Premium
Cheers back to you Lou:)
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JBond1 Premium
Thanks Loes, this is really handy : )
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Juliana:)
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accad Premium
Although the web host has the backup, it's good to have an online backup for a website even we have kept all the documents because it is easier to install if ever there are problems.
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Loes Premium
You never know what hits the server nowadays Jimmy
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accad Premium
That's right Loes.
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StevenEsser Premium
A good method Loes for a copy of your content.

Preferably and as a proper backup I would still prefer to use a plugin for the database part (or the export option within tools on dashboard) and the FTP for the images and files.
It's because you keep also the directories and subdirectories that WordPress creates for its media library.

How would you restore your method of backup onto a wiped website?

Steveb
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Loes Premium
This is an emergency procedure, in case the server gets hit by a bomb Steven.
You can rebuild your website from the bottom.

I had my kleurboekjes website saved like this, and I build it again page by page.
Starters are totally not ready to use FTP

I will add this info on my training, thank you
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StevenEsser Premium
I understand completely that starters are not ready to use the FTP and I do not want them to either. But I am just worried with the end result when people use that method and move a site over for example. They could get demotivated by having to start over, even though they got a backup of some files.

With the tools export you get all the text at least back in there, but the problem lies in all the images. They don't come back automatically and would have to be re-linked piece by piece, blog by blog.

The alternative are some plugins that do everything for you, FTP part and database part.

But a great tutorial nonetheless Loes!

Steven
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Loes Premium
Yes, that's right, you have to add your pictures one by one, but WA has a complete backup too, and this is an emergency backup, you still have everything but not in place:)
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sinwm Premium
Thanks for sharing, Loes
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Loes Premium
My pleasure Sin:)
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BradB18 Premium
Great stuff Loes.

And yes, never delete media images from the library. I did that once and wondered where the images went from my blog pages.
I thought once I put them in my blogs I could get rid of them in the library. No No No.
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Loes Premium
That was the hard way to learn, Brad:(
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MKearns Premium
Sometimes save as is a better solution than copy/paste Loes!
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Loes Premium
It works like a charm Michael:)
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