When Did You Last Backup Your WordPress?

Don’t forget we are only half way through WordPress Backup Week.

WordPress is celebrating blog security and protection with WordPress Backup Week July 23-30.

WordPress, one of the most popular blogging and website management tools, is sponsoring WordPress Backup Week July 23-30. Step-by-step backup instructions will be available in the online manual, the WordPress Codex, and online in the WordPress Support Forum to help you through the process.

There is lots of help on the WordPress Backup page, covering common hosting control panels like cPanel, Ensim, Plesk, and many more. It also covers using phpMyAdmin and other, simpler, methods. Lots of links to resources too. It’s worth a read, even if you have a backup routine, to make sure you are covering everything. You might pick up a useful tip to do it more efficiently.

Read on for the full press release.

WordPress is celebrating blog security and protection with WordPress Backup Week July 23-30.

WordPress, one of the most popular blogging and website management tools, is sponsoring WordPress Backup Week July 23-30. Step-by-step backup instructions will be available in the online manual, the WordPress Codex (http://codex.wordpress.org), and online in the WordPress Support Forum (http://www.wordpress.org/support) to help you through the process.

Your database contains every post, every comment and every link you have on your blog. If your database gets erased or corrupted, you stand to lose everything you have written. There are many reasons why this could happen and not all are things you can control. But what you can do is backup your data, after all, it is important isn’t it? Making backups is essential because problems inevitably occur and you need to be in a position to take action when disaster strikes. Spending a few minutes to make an easy, convenient backup of your database will allow you to spend even more time being creative and productive with your web site.

Backing up your WordPress database has never been easier with WordPress plugins which allow you control over how, what, and when you backup, even emailing your database backups to you – all pain free. Documentation is available to take you through the step-by-step process, as well, for backing up your WordPress site and database with cPanel, vDeck, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and others.

For your own protection and security, and peace of mind, join us in learning how to backup and protect our valuable data and writings during WordPress Backup Week. Consider using this Backup Week as an incentive to backup all your valuable documents and software, too.

9 thoughts on “When Did You Last Backup Your WordPress?

  1. There’s contradictory backup info in the codex…

    http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups
    Check the “Complete inserts” box and “hex for binary fields”

    …but yet another page in the codex says to leave these unchecked:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database
    “Leave the boxes inside this section unticked, but make sure to keep the checkbox next to the “DATA” heading checked.”

    So which is it??? This has me worried.

  2. I backed up my database following the instructions from the WordPress wiki. Question, I am using cPanel, so couldn’t I just use the ‘backup’ feature via cPanel without going into phpMyAdmin or the MySQL area? Is there a difference? Just curious.

    But thanks for the reminder. Hopefully I backed everything up properly and will remember to do it on a regular basis. 🙂

  3. I found that it was much easier to install the Backup plugin and WP-Cron (for nightly backups to my e-mail). For the first time in my life, I’m actually backing up on a regular basis (as opposed to salvaging data after an HD crash).

  4. Everybody is talking about hoe important backup of data is. If it is (and I am sure, it is), why is there no function in WordPress that automatically makes a backup every day or after every new data inserted to the database and mails that backupfile to the admin? Maybe this would be a big improvement for Wp 1.6!

  5. There are pluggins that do backup yor wordpress site for you 🙂

    I tend to backup my whole site monthly, and my host does database backups nightly. The only problem with this is that while i backup my site goes down because the backup sites on the drive and the server thinks i have overfilled my account. but then i download it and delete it off the server and everythings peachy again 🙂

  6. PJ, You know, you can register on the Codex and make those changes yourself. Or you can add a comment on the ‘talk’ pages. As to which is correct, I personally always use complete inserts, but there is no real reason to prefer one over the other if you don’t need to run the dump against another (non-MySQL) database. And WordPress doesn’t store ant binary data so that check box doesn’t apply.

    Stacey, I’m not sure whether cPanel’s backup includes the mysql data. It also would be more difficult to restore your WordPress blog if it’s backup was part of the backup for your whole site.

    Martin, I’m surprised that solution wasn’t mentioned as I remember it being raised during the mailing list discussions about WP Backup Week.

    Lothar, there has been talk of adding a 1-click backup to version 1.6 of WordPress.

    Everyone, don’t forget that the support forums is still your best source for help and timely advice on all things WordPress.

    Mike

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