I’m too busy. I have to write another post. Nothing will happen. I have to take my dog for a walk. WELL, THE EXCUSES STOP RIGHT HERE! There’s too much at risk for you not to be backing up your blog.
And most of these excuses come from one thing… you don’t know how to backup your blog. I’ll show you how I backed up my blog and how easy it was, then you can go backup yours.
First Things First…
Before you backup your blog, you need to get something under control…your revisions. Did you know that WordPress keeps every revision of every post you create? The revisions are kept in the database. As your database gets bigger your blog can run slower and your backups will be storing unwanted data. Don’t make your backups bigger then they need to be.
I use the plugin Revision Control by Dion Hulse. It allows you to pick the number of revisions you want to keep for a post. I keep two, but you can keep whatever you want. And you can set the number of revisions for all posts and pages or you can set the revisions for each individual post/page. I went with the all posts/pages option. It’s super easy to setup. And don’t forget to delete unwanted revisions from posts you’ve done prior to adding the plugin.
Ok, now that you have your revisions under control, lets talk about backing up your blog.
Reducing Your Blogging Risk
When you backup your blog, you want to make sure you are not only backing up your posts but you are backing up your actual blog and how it looks including themes, customizations, plugins, etc. You can create a backup in several ways using many different tools. These are the two that were the easiest for me and they were FREE.
A key point no matter how you create a backup is to do it regularly. If you post daily, you may want to create a backup daily. I only post about once a week so I backup twice a week to catch any comments as they come in throughout the week.
Control Panel – CPanel
On your hosting company’s control panel, there will be a backup wizard that you can use. You simply push a button to get things started and decide whether you want a full or partial backup. I’d suggest a full backup initially to include all files which again will backup how your blog looks and the posts. Then, if you’re not changing your blog feel much, you can just do partial backups to catch new posts and comments.
You’ll be given an option on where to store your backups. Do not store them with your host company. That way if your hosting company has a server problem, you won’t lose your backup. Either have them emailed to you or store them on your computer or store them in another third party storage website like Dropbox.
If you have any questions when creating your backup or restoring a backup, your hosting company support will be able to help you.
If you use your control panel, you’ll need to manually do backups on a regular basis.
WordPress Backup Plugin
There are many plugins you can download to create a backup. I use WP Backup by Umar. Once you’ve set this plugin up, which is a very easy process, it will create backups automatically on a schedule that you create. And this plugin backs up your entire blog. It also has integration with Dropbox, so I have my backups sent directly to my Dropbox account. There are options to send your backup elsewhere like your email. I can also specify how many backups I want kept.
This allows me to setup my backup process and not have to remember to do it because it is done automatically. I would still occasionally verify that your backups are created and that there is no problems.
Now go create a backup of your blog! But first share this post with a friend, so they can backup theirs too!
To Your Success!