Back Up Your WordPress Blog

Homepreneurs advocates backing up data on a regular basis.  This issue was covered in multiple previous posts on this blog.  We use a simple rule of thumb: if you can’t afford to lose it, back it up.  Recreating days, weeks, or months of data is time consuming at best; impossible in many cases.  Can you afford the down time, lost customers, and income?  If the answer is no, back up the data.

Websites and blogs are often equally as important as accounting and customer contact data stored on a desktop or laptop computer.  This post covers steps for backing up blogs.

– Start by logging in to your WordPress account

– Go to the dashboard menu

– Under the Tools option, select Export (see image below)

Wordpress Backup

WordPress Backup

– Select what to export. Choices are:  all content, posts, pages, and feedbacks (comments)

– Click on the blue Download Export File

– An XML file is generated and can be saved to your local computer for transfer to a dedicated backup device

– To restore from the backup, use the Import option under Tools and follow the prompts

It is good practice to back up data on a regular basis – weekly, monthly or quarterly, depending on use.  Perform backups at the same time as weekly billing and you won’t forget to save key information.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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21 Responses to Back Up Your WordPress Blog

  1. E.C. says:

    Reblogged this on Enjoying Creating and commented:
    Before the main holiday rush, it may be a good idea to take a few minutes and back up your blog files and keep it saved offline on disc or a detachable drive or a usb drive or such as that. It’s a good idea to back up your blog every so often just to have a an updated copy on hand.

    Thank you Homepreneurs for posting this helpful reminder and tutorial on how to back up our blogs. 🙂

  2. Rose Chimera says:

    Thanks! Great info and I’m a little embarrassed to admit not something I had considered doing or that it needed doing. I’m on it now though.

    • homepreneurs says:

      I’m with you there, Rose. Homepreneurs was hacked around 18 months ago (on WordPress) and backups have been in my mind since. I decided to do some homework for us all. Its really easy – just follow the instructions. Thanks for reading! -DS 🙂

      • Rose Chimera says:

        Hacked!!! grrrrr gotta hate those type of people! I followed instructions and all done! I’ll do it regularly now that I’ve been made aware of the need.

      • homepreneurs says:

        🙂 Great! Yeah, only the one time, though. As a network admin – in a former job – I hated the hackers… Hopefully Santa gives them lots of coal!

      • Rose Chimera says:

        Or something worse! Coal they can burn while they hide out in their secret huts! A power failure would be nice, all batteries and electrical outlets fail within 1000 miles of them. THAT would be helpful.

      • homepreneurs says:

        LOLOL I like the way you think! Hmmm.. Do you have a hotline to Santa??? :p

      • Rose Chimera says:

        I did, but it was hacked into! Disconnected now. 😦

      • homepreneurs says:

        Rats! Stupid hackers. 😦

      • Rose Chimera says:

        You’re being PC or just kind; rats would be offended to be connected to those POS. Scum of the earth comes to mind for me, I envision pathetic pasty faced losers who didn’t get enough hugs from their loser drug addicted mother and they are going to prove their self worth by being assholes and hacking into other people’s private info just because they can. pfffftttt

      • homepreneurs says:

        Well, when I blog or comment, it is knowing that my mother or friends of may read my posts, so I tend to tone down my rhetoric… I do however, second your sentiments! 😉

      • Rose Chimera says:

        Shame on you! lol…I am utterly incognito! Fake name with no ties to anything anyone can find. There’s something to be said for anatomy (sp?). I cannot write as freely as I do if I know someone I know IRL might stumble across it. Ugh….no thanks.

      • homepreneurs says:

        Well, if the truth be known, Homepreneurs was a graduate school class project for me. It just had a life of its own… I am Homepreneurs and Homepreneurs is me. It vastly exceeded every expectation so I ran with it. *shrugs* I agree, anonymity is a plus and I have various nom de plumes for that purpose…

  3. barb19 says:

    I found you through E.C.’s re-blogging your post, and I must admit to being guilty of never having backed up my blog. However, I’ve just followed your instructions and it’s done – I can heave a sigh of relief! I am going to put it onto a separate hard drive – just in case!
    Thanks for your reminder.

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