I can not stress this enough- DO this and do this often!
There are there places that you need to backup: Your Core files, and the database. It is also good to generate and XML file.
Luckily it is pretty simple to do this and you can even have it do it for you automatically.
First I am a freak about backups. So let me stress this again, backup your site and do it often!
When should you back up?
- Depending on how often you blog it might be daily, weekly or monthly.
- Before every WordPress or plugin update.
How many backups should you keep?
At least 3.
What are the Core Files?
These are the files found on your host.
- WordPress Core Installation
- WordPress Plugins
- WordPress Themes
- Images and Files
- Other code files
How to backup the Core Files?
How do I backup the Database?
This involves logging into your hosting account. The best directions can be found here on the WordPress site.
How do I generate and XML file?
This is super easy and is done from your WordPress Dashboard. This file will contain all of your posts and images. From your WordPress Dashboard: Just go to Tools>> Export >> Pick what files you want to export >> Export file. I recommend doing this even if you use the easy method listed below to back up your files– again I am a freak about backups.
Wanna Backup the Easy Way? Use this plugin >>> BackUpWordpress plugin
This is a great, and easy to use plugin for your WordPress site will backup your database (the heart of your website) and all your core files.
- How often to run: I recommend setting the plugin to database only and run set the schedule according to how often you blog. I set mine to weekly. Then run manually a backup of all your files and database. You don’t need to run to do a files and database every time. I set my weekly backup to just database.
- When to manually backup all files and database: The first time you install the plugin back up everything then make sure you download the file. Save this file somewhere secure. I save mine on DropBox, and/or Google Drive as well as on my computer (which I also back up to JustCloud). Like I said am a freak about backups. I HIGHLY recommend you backup all files and database and download them before you update or add any plugins, or update WordPress. This will save you a lot of tears– I speak from experience on this one.