I was talking with my friend Jennifer today, who just started her own new blog and she asked a question about how she should be backing up her blog. I immediately knew I needed to share How to Backup Your WordPress Blog.
If you have a blog, you should have a backup of it. Period. It’s essential.
Almost 2 years ago my blog was hacked and I’ve never been so happy to have had a backup plan in place. And being hacked is not the only threat you face. Your host could have server issues. You could install a plugin that causes a conflict and breaks your blog. You could even click wrong once or twice and lose days, weeks, or years of work.
Believe me – it’s happened.
To prevent the heartache and panic that comes with a broken (or deleted) blog, have your blog backed up regularly.
There are a several ways to backup a blog (probably more than I’m aware of), but I’ll give you some basic information.
First, your hosting should be creating regular backups of your blog. However, I do not recommend relying soley on this. Even if they regularly back up the servers where your blog is hosted, getting access to those backups is not always easy or fast.
The next option would be to create manual backups of your blog. I’m not going to pretend I know how to do this. But, if this is something you want to dig into, I’d recommend this article over at SkillCrush.
The easiest way to backup your blog.
Those two things aside, the easiest way to backup your blog would be with a plugin. I’ve used two different ones over the years and have had great success with both.
- Vaultpress is the plugin I’m currently using to backup all 3 of my blogs. I use the Professional plan for Rose Bakes (my primary and full-time income site) and the Personal plan for my other blogs. I’ve had to use the backups a few times over the past couple of years and I’ve been extremely impressed with how easy it is to restore my site quickly.
- UpdraftPlus is the plugin I used before Vaultpress. Quite honestly, I can’t remember why I switched from one to the other, but Amy still recommends UpdraftPlus (and I trust most anything she recommends) so I’d say it’s a safe bet for great service as well. Also, there’s a free version, so if budget is an issue, then this would be the way to go!
I think the main difference for me was storage space.
With Vaultpress, they store your backups for you. With UpdraftPlus, you have to choose where you want to store your backups and have them sent there. Some of the options for storare are Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc.
Whichever way you choose to backup your blog, my most important recommendation would be to backup at least daily. You never know when the worst might happen and knowing your data is secure will bring you so much peace of mind.