In case, you are a WordPress website owner, you may be dependent on the hosting team or the Web Server maintenance personnel for the maintenance, including the routine backing up of your files. You can also rely on a WordPress backup plugin. But, what if, you can do the maintenance and backup of the database and the entire files of your WP Website yourself?
You can backup WordPress websites manually and keep the files in your own compupter too.
Here are the simple steps.
Let us divide the process into two parts
To do a backup, let us follow the steps below, which enable you to download the files from the server.
Step 01: Open FileZilla or any other FTP Client which you have installed.
Step 02: Enter the FTP details which you have got from your hosting team as marked in the below area. In a normal case, the set the Transfer Settings -> Transfer mode set as “Default”.
Step 03: After entering the FTP details, click “connect” button as shown in the below screen.
Step 04: Once you clicked “connect”, if the user credentials are correct, the FTP client will connect to your server and will display the folder structure (as shown in the bottom right pane). Here you will see the files and folders as shown in the below screen shot.
Step 05: In your computer, using the bottom left pane, choose a preferred location where you want the backup files to be put. Use appropriate names for the backup folders. The screen shot below shows a good practice of naming the folders.
Step 06: Select the files in your server as shown below and do a right click. You will get the context menu and option for download. (Important!-> These are the files which hold the content and design and other functionality of your website. Hence be careful not to delete or drag and drop into other folders on the server.)
Here you have two options
Once all your files downloaded, you are now done with the backing up of the files.
Half the job is done – Hooray!
Step 01: Open your web browser and enter the phpMyAdmin URL which was given by your hosting team.
Step 02: Once the page loads enter the username and password given in the appropriate textbox and press “Go”.
After successful login, you will be redirected to your website database access area. On this, click on the database name which will be shown on the left-hand side and you will see the appropriate database tables on the right.
Refer the screen below for further clarity.
Click on the Export tab on the right side (refer the screen shot) which will help you to download the website database to your local machine.
Here, again, you will have two types of options
For now, sine we are beginning, let us choose the ‘Quick’ option.
Finally, click on the “Go” button, and you will get the database SQL from your browser window.
As before, choose the appropriate location to save this file.
Treat yourself to a cool Falooda, if you are in a hot country or a hot coffee if you are in a cold country… Yes, you have completed the Database Backup too!