In fact, a website owner rarely thinks about backups. Unfortunately, when a backup is needed, it could be too late to do it. The need to make secure website copies right from the start often gets avoided due to the excuse of having little time available or perhaps other priorities (both in terms of personal and company commitments).
In the worst case, we’re looking at substantial inexperience on the part of the operator who manages the site. In this article, you’ll learn how to solve this problem in a smart way and without necessarily having technical skills.
There are several ways to do a backup in WordPress. Few people know that it is also possible to automate the process (at least partially) so as to not have to think about it in the future.
The Manual Backup
This is the most straightforward way of doing a backup and includes two phases. In the first one, you download copies of all the files from your website on another computer (your device, for example), accessing the main folder (root) through FTP.
In the second part, you make a copy of the MySQL database, exporting it in a text format (or as a ZIP archive if it’s too large). The two phases are both essential, as they help you obtain a backup copy of the website to be restored if necessary. However, manual operations raise more problems than one.
First of all, this process requires time (unless the site is very small; on medium-large sites, it takes at least an hour to complete everything). This is time that could be used for different activities. After all, not all website owners have a technical department available full-time for this type of job.
The second critical aspect to consider is that backup operations should be performed regularly. That’s because the process should reflect the changes you make on the site, such as adding any plugins, changing a theme, writing, or updating content.
To cover these specific needs, WordPress provides various types of plugins, which you can install from the official CMS repository (https://wordpress.org/plugins/). Alternatively, you can find them directly inside the internal menu of the website using your administrator account (by clicking first on Plugin, then on Add). Let’s take a look at two of these solutions.