All about WordPress Backups

Cyber threats are growing fast which target blogs, financial data, and governmental infrastructure.

According to history, big giants like Yahoo, Uber, and LinkedIn lost their data in massive attacks.

For web owners, when it comes to data security, it is vital to make backups on a regular basis.

Fortunately, WordPress deals with this nicely.

We are going to address and learn about WordPress backups, along with making backups manually, and with tools such as UpDraft Plus WordPress plugin.

Also, you can read about WordPress backup FAQs, helping you learn about basic things related to backups, such as definition, usage, tools, best practices, and necessary measures for data security. You will also learn to restore your WordPress site from a backup package.

What is a backup?

A copy of the files, data, or website; used to restore in case of a data loss or damage.

WordPress website contains theme files, plugins, database, and media files. When you finish making a backup of the WordPress site, a package is created that includes the mentioned content.

Later, you can restore your site from the backup package. If you use a plugin to create a WordPress backup, the particular plugin might provide restoration option. On the other hand, if you make the backup manually, you will need to update your files in the Hosting File Manager.

How to back up your WordPress site? (Manual method)


Let’s proceed and log into your Hosting cPanel account. You can find your hosting login page on the home page of your hosting company. Once logged in, look for the phpMyAdmin.

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phpMyAdmin option in Hosting cPanel


After loading the phpMyAdmin, select Export, Quick as Export method, SQL as format, and click on the Go button at the end.

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Exporting the backup via phpMyAdmin

After pressing the Go button, you can see your site’s database file download has been started.

To restore, you can choose the Import option, select your backup package, and click on the Go button at the end.

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Importing the backup via phpMyAdmin

Back up your WordPress site with a plugin (UpDraftPlus)

Unlike the manual routines for backups, plugins provide a seamless experience for backup and restoring your WordPress website.


Install the UpDraftPlus plugin. To get started, click on the Add New plugin option in the WordPress dashboard. Search for the UpDraftPlus in the plugins directory, and install the first plugin that appears.

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Install UpDraftPlus (WordPress Plugins Directory)


Once the plugin has been installed, select UpdraftPlus Backups from the Settings short menu.

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Settings – UpdraftPlus WordPress plugin


The next page shows the plugin’s home screen. On the same page, click on the Backup Now button.


Once the process is completed, you can see the backup packages.

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WordPress Backups

If you don’t delete the backup entries, you can click on the Restore button to restore. Also, make sure you download the backup entries to your computer.


Later, you can upload the backup files, and restore your site accordingly. To get started, click on the Upload Backup files in the Updraft Plus home screen. Once you upload your backup files, you can restore your site by clicking on Restore button.

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Restore the Backup (UpdraftPlus)

WordPress Backups FAQs

How to backup WordPress site for free?
If you know about the manual methods, you can backup your WordPress site for free. In a typical backup process, you need to back up the database, themes, plugins, uploads, and other files. The manual routine consists of singing into hosting cpanel, and use the server tools to back up your WordPress site. Alternatively, you can use WordPress plugins for the purpose, including Up Draft Plus.

How often should you back up your WordPress website?
It depends on your needs, preference, and choice. You can choose to back up your site once a week. However, the more you update your site, the more backups you should make.

How many backups should you keep?
A single instance is enough for backup purposes. For the best practices, you can back up your site once, and keep copies of the backup at multiple locations or media, such as Flash drive or Cloud storage. Also, make sure to back up your site on a regular basis if you update your site more frequently.

Can you automate the backups?
Yes, you can automate your site backup process. This list of WordPress plugins helps you automate the WordPress backup process.

I want to know more about WordPress backups.
Perfect. Although we learned to back up a WordPress site, you can head over to complete tutorial on how to backup your WordPress site. Also, read about WordPress backups on WP Beginners directory.

Wrapping up

It is vital to back up your WordPress site on a regular basis. If you prefer the manual routine, make sure your knowledge covers it. On the other hand, use a WordPress plugin for backup purposes.

For a better experience with backups, consider the following key points.

  • Store your backup files at multiple locations, such as flash drive, cloud storage, or local media.
  • Protect your backup files properly. You can lock your files with a password by using Winrar software.
  • Keep your site backup history safe. In case of data loss or damage, you may need to revert your site to the older state.
  • Every time you change your site’s code, configuration, or design, make sure you back up your site first.
  • Once you create backup packages on your site, download them to your computer. It helps you keep your files secure, and enables you to free up your server space.

We learned about WordPress backups, how to create backup packages, and restore them accordingly. If in case you need some help, you can join the conversation in the comments. We’d love to help you cross the road, back up your site, and master the art of keeping your WordPress site optimized, secure, and safe.

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