How to Backup Your Blog on WordPress If Cancelling Hosting

There is a common theme among many bloggers when it comes to WordPress hosting. They all want to move away from shared hosting, because they find it frustrating to have their site down because of overly aggressive marketing by other sites on the server (this is called “server overload”). Moving to a VPS (very personal server) is usually the answer. However, many bloggers don’t know how to properly back up their sites before making the move. In this article, we will discuss the steps you can take to properly back up your WordPress blog if you are cancelling your hosting plan.

Step 1: Back Up Your Website Files

The first step in backing up your WordPress blog is making sure that you have backed up all of your website files. This includes any content that you have uploaded to your WordPress site as well as any of the HTML code that makes up your site’s pages. If you follow the exact instructions that WordPress gives you, you will ensure that you have all of the website files that you need to recreate your blog and get it back up and running afterwards. If you don’t have the exact same hosting plan, then you should ask your web host to give you all of your blog’s files via a backup or transfer.

Step 2: Back Up Database And Settings

The next step in backing up your WordPress blog is making sure that you have backed up all of your database and settings. The WordPress documentation provides you with very clear instructions on how to do this, and if you strictly follow them, you will have no problems. Be sure to keep a copy of these instructions somewhere safe, as you will need them to get your blog back up and running after restoring from the backup. If your database gets corrupted for some reason (which is extremely rare but possible), then you can restore from your backup and set everything back to how it was before the database was messed with by a hacker or spammer.

Step 3: Test Your Backup Plan

Now that you have your website files and database backed up, you can test your backup plan. In order to do this, you will need to install WordPress onto a brand new server that you have set up specifically for this purpose. After you have installed WordPress on this server, you will need to login to your website and ensure that all of your web content is still there. If everything seems to be working correctly, then you can move ahead to the final step.

Step 4: Import Your Blog’s Data Into A New Server

The final step in backing up your WordPress blog is importing all of your blog’s data onto a new server. This is where things can get a bit tricky, because you will need to follow a specific set of instructions in order to ensure that all of your blog’s content is imported and backed up correctly. In most situations, this will mean installing a new WordPress installation, connecting it to your existing database, and importing your data from the old server to the new one. If you are using a plugin like BackupBuddy or BackWPUp to perform this function, then all you need to do is connect their plugin to your new WordPress installation and activate it. From there, you can begin importing your data from the old server to the new one (this can be a very tedious process, especially if the database is large). After your data is successfully imported, you can login to your new WordPress installation and make sure that all of your web content is still there and backed up correctly (this will be a tedious process, especially if you have a lot of content to go through).

As you can see, there are quite a few steps involved in backing up your WordPress blog. While this may seem like a lot of work to some people, it is definitely doable and most definitely worth it if you are looking to avoid potential problems in the future.

If you would like, you can find more information about backing up your WordPress blog here.