Recently Mihirs.com went through a massive overhaul. This means that our blog, www.home.mihirs.com/blog built on Word Press has to be backed up and re-stored. Thus to do so, we have tested and used several plugins. And tools to accomplish the gigantic task of backup and re-store efficiently.
Is this blog-post for you?
At this point (since you are finding how to back up a WP blog.) I am assuming you know how to set-up a WordPress website. Also I am assuming that you are familiar with the tools and settings menu within the word-press control panel.
If you do not know these things, I recommend you use paid plugins or use paid version of WP JetPack for back-up and restore.
Is this a plugin or tool re-view?
In this blog post we will not write about or review the plugins that failed miserably. Not even about those tools and plugins that did well but lacked certain features.
But instead we will get you simple instruction on how to get the task done by utilizing the features of word-press itself.
Why Backup My Word-press Blog and Website?
Internet is a tricky place. One may find themselves in a soup if data is lost in a transitional process. Often, as a website owner and developer you may need to maintain and optimize your websites. Several times you may find yourself migrating to other web hosting service or you may be upgrading your servers.
In such instances one should back-up their data including their blogs and website data. But just by backing up data and not the looks and feel of the whole website itself may bring inconsistency in your content. Thus getting a negative impression from the audience.
How to Back up My Word Press blog or web site.
- Update our word-press to the latest version
- Install jet-pack plugin for word press.
- Ensure you have required plugins for backup. (move/click your cursor on the tools icon and then click on export link. And then WordPress will let you know if there is any plugin or tool required to do so. Also, do the same by clicking on import.)
- Once you have necessary tools and plugins make sure you have all the links checked in the link-checker and all your assets (images and videos) are linked and uploaded properly.
- In case you are migrating or upgrading your webservers or for some maintenance reasons your website will be offline. And resulting to this un-reachable in near future. Let your audience know on your home-page and in one of your blog posts.
- Go to the tools menu, and select scheduled backup option. (just in-case your forget to back-up in time.)
Backup your WordPress website manually from within the tools menu when you deem fit. I also recommend setting up auto back-up as a backup :p ;).
Re-storing the WP Backup file.
It is the importing and setting up the backup that is the real hassle.
Once, You have successfully imported your backup file, Install the original theme or the theme similar to the one you used before. Then go to the settings menu and assign the blog page and home page as it was originally in your website.
Try posting a couple of test-posts. And subsequently test media and pages on your website. You will find that your subscriber list has been automatically migrated into your current web-site.
What if you feel some things are missing?
The only instance that there is something missing from your posts will be if the images or videos were embedded, also if there are broken links and if the plugin information could not migrate.
Backup process with the default tools in word-press means loss of log-in information and loss of plugins. But this should not be a big issue, because in most cases you can easily and swiftly install and set up the plugins.
We also realize that several other tools, which do enable backup and migration of plugins end up making the website a lot more bug infested and slow.
I would recommend installing the plugins manually instead of using a tool for the same.