Disclaimer: This isn’t the sexiest, most glamorous post but it’s an important one. Most of you WordPress users are probably already familiar with performing a WordPress Database Backup but if I can save just one person out there the misery of losing all of their beloved content, then so be it!
If you’ve been blogging long enough, common sense tells you to back up all of the content on your server including photos on a regular basis. For years, I’ve been religiously doing this. BUT! Amazingly enough, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to be doing a SECOND, equally important backup until quite recently.
If you use the WordPress platform (such as I do), your WordPress Database contains all of your posts, comments, and links. In essence, it’s the content that gives your blog its unique format. A database backup may be the only saving grace if you ever install a bad plugin, have an upgrade go terribly wrong or get stricken by hackers. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Conveniently enough, a a free plugin can do all of the work for you. To use it, simply download the plugin, upload it to your plugins folder on your server and activate it.
Next, go to the Tools tab in the left column of your dashboard and click on Backup.
Once you’re in the Backup Options screen, scroll down and click on Download to your computer. It will do the rest!
Once you have a full backup, I would recommend scheduling regular backups from now on. Scroll down to Scheduled Backup and click the frequency (I do once a week) and make sure your correct email is on file.
Now, you can have peace of mind knowing that all of your hard work is tidily zipped for safekeeping.