How to Backup My WordPress Website

So you’ve just purchased a shiny new Android device and you’re dying to use it. You’ve got your hands on the latest and greatest from Google, and you can’t wait to dive in and start using it. You downloaded the WordPress app, setup your account and started exploring the world of Android blogs. You came across this beautiful blog and you want to read it regularly. You discover that the site is protected by a backup blog routine that saves it to your Google Drive every week. You decide this is the perfect way to backup your website, and you start following the lead of this blogging duo.

Let’s take a step back for a moment and rewind to the days before we had automated backups. Back then, when a blogger discovered that their site was down, they would often panic wondering if they would lose all of their content. Thankfully, Google didn’t exist back then and bloggers had to worry about their sites being unavailable, causing major content loss. But even still, the process of manually backing up a WordPress website and restoring it took plenty of time.

With the rise of automated WordPress backups, things have changed drastically. If you’re looking for a way to efficiently backup and restore your WordPress website, continue reading.

What Is A Backup Blog?

Before we dive into how to backup and restore your WordPress website, let’s take a quick trip back in time. If you’re unfamiliar, a backup blog is a blog that stores copies of its original content in separate locations in case something happens to the original. Typically, these locations are different servers or data centers to provide redundancy and increase reliability. For example, let’s say that your website goes down for some reason. You can’t access it for a couple of days while the engineers fix the issue. During that time, your content is inaccessible. However, if you start a backup blog during those two days, your content is duplicated and you can easily access it from the backup.

It’s pretty amazing what the internet has become. Just a few years ago, we didn’t have many ways of recovering from data loss and issues with our websites. But with technology advancing at such an incredible rate, it’s now possible to have backup blogs for any website, large or small.

How To Set Up A Backup Blog For WordPress

To backup a WordPress website, you will need a place for the content to go to, a place to store the backups, and a way to get the content from one location to another. While there are several ways to set up a backup blog for WordPress, we will discuss two of the most popular choices. The first is to use Google Drive, and the second is to use Amazon S3.

Let’s start with Google Drive. This is the simplest way to set up a backup blog for WordPress and it’s probably the most popular option. All you need to do is visit the Google Cloud Platform and click the + icon to get started. From there, you will see a form asking you to enter a name for your blog. Once you enter a name, you will be brought to a folder where you can start importing your content. To make things simpler for you, Google will offer to import your content for you. Just click Continue to start the process.

S3 is another popular place to store content. It was originally designed for storing and delivering digital media, like images and videos. But as you probably know, Google built upon S3’s foundation and the service has since been expanded to store and host any type of data.

We will discuss S3 in more detail in the next section when we discuss how to export your WordPress content to another location for safekeeping. For now, it’s important to remember that S3 is a highly reliable service with several data centers across the globe, providing redundancy and increased reliability. To set up a backup blog for WordPress with S3, you will need to take the following steps:

  • Login to your Amazon S3 account.
  • Navigate to the S3 site home page.
  • Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  • Click Backup from the Settings menu.
  • Click Create Backup Now.
  • Enter a name for your blog.
  • Click Continue to continue creating your backup.

Once You Have Set Up Your Backup Blog, How To Use It

Now that you have a backup blog for your WordPress website, you need to learn how to use it to its fullest. Let’s say that you’ve stored all of your content in Google Drive and you want to import it to your Amazon S3 account. To do this, you will need to download the Google Drive app from the Play Store.

Once you have the app installed, you’ll need to log in to your Google account. From there, you’ll see your Google Drive, with all of the content you imported from Google+. You can click the gear icon in the top right corner to view your imported content. You can also click on the three dots at the top right corner of any item in your Google Drive to take you to a detailed view of that content.

If you discover that there is content in your Google Drive that you didn’t mean to upload there, you can remove it using the Google Drive app. Just click on the trash can icon at the top right corner of any item in your Google Drive to delete it. As for importing your content to your Amazon S3 account, this is quite easy to do. From the Google Drive app, simply click on the gear icon at the top right corner of any item in your Google Drive to bring up the export options. From here, you can choose to Export to Google Drive or another location (Amazon S3 is the default option).

As a general rule of thumb, you should always back up your websites and store the backups somewhere safe and accessible. With the rise of automated backups that we mentioned earlier, things have changed. Now, even if your website goes down for some reason, you can easily recover from it. When that happens, your backups will be the ultimate lifesaver, enabling you to bring your site back up within a matter of minutes.