How to Backup WordPress Files Manually

by Shikha Sharma 30-Sep-19

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Hello Netheads,

Welcome to this blog. The blog will guide you on how you can backup your WordPress files.

Before proceeding, if you are not aware of the WordPress then probably you are not introduced with the operation of backing up a website.

But nothing to worry, this blog will effectively guide you. First of all, backups are one of the most essential aspects if you are maintaining a website. So make sure you are very careful while backing up your website.


Need of Backup WordPress Files

You might be thinking why you should back up your WordPress file? Right? In that case, I will explain to you the reason for the same.

Though it is considered that WordPress is very secure, there are certain chances where you may lose your content. WordPress security does not mean your site is unsusceptible. You need to be alert a bit because the failure of backing up may lead to the hack attack or any sort of system attack which can vanish all your data.

Thus, to help your website from above mentioned disasters, baking up is your savior. This does not only saves your time but also abolishes future frustration.

Use Case 01:

Assume that you made an error at the time of working with the website, and you are not getting the source to correct that. Then you can restore your latest backed-up version of the site. Therefore, it is very essential to back up your files regularly.

Now we will discuss the ways to back up your WordPress files:-

Manual WordPress Backup:

To start with, the plugin can be the fastest and easiest way to back up your WordPress file but, at the same time, you need to know how to restore your WordPress file manually. Ultimately, you can face an issue or trouble while accessing your web site's admin panel with the use of the plugin.

Probably, you will feel that plugin backups are light but, at the same time, opting for manual backup is also an ideal choice, if you are anxious about your site execution and result of putting plugin.


Let's move to SFTP method for backing up the site

For backing up with this method, you can use SFTP solution FileZilla, because you can get it at no price and it is powerful and open-source. After installation and opening up the application, you need to fill up your creditanls Host, Username, Password and Port that will appear on the top of the screen.

In case, you don't find all these in your account's hosting panel on your screen, you must contact your hosting company in support department.

Once you are done with login, you need to create a local folder where you can restore your backup for your WordPress. This can be done either on your computer or you can do this within FileZilla.

Now return to the FileZilla, where you have to direct to the column on the right side and highlight the public_html folder by clicking on it.

Next, you have to move the folder named public_html into the local backup folder of your system by dragging it across the FileZilla, in the right to left direction.

This process will take a while to fully backup your website. Cheers !!


cPanel Method

CPanel stands for the control panel that is being utilized by a myriad web host to restore and manage your WordPress site safely without any chances of malfunction.

This can be done using a simple interface. You can say that this method is one of the most complex methods but still, it's not that difficult to work on.

a) The primary step for this method is that you need to log in within cPanel and direct to the file manager on your computer.

b) Click on the public_html folder then choose compress. Once you select compress, you will be redirected to a dialogue box where you have to pick a compression format and mention your file name. Finally, click in Zip Archive, and compress your file.

c) Now, select the Zip file inside the file manager and you can download by clicking from the toolbar. After downloading the file, you are supposed to delete the file from your server.

d) Nevertheless, this is the only feature of the manual backup through the medium of cPanel. For backing up, go to the cPanel dashboard and direct it to phpMyAdmin.

e) When you enter the dashboard, you will notice your website listed on the left side of your screen. Select the website then click on your site's database, check all 'tables' inside at that point directly to the Export tab.

f) While there are a couple of alternatives inside this screen, picking a Quick Export method, the SQL arrangement does the trick. When you're prepared, click Go.

Now, the system will start to download the file. Note that you can also copy your file content into a separate text file with the help of a text editor in case phpMyAdmin is directly showing the backup. Finally, save it with the .sql extension.

To find out more about WordPress, beginners guide for WordPress are available online that will help you to get your basics clear for WordPress.


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