Boring! I know. But you’ll regret not having them at some point.
Plus it’s pretty easy to get backups, either one-off or scheduled. You also want to make sure you store them offsite.
Offsite is more important than scheduled if you don’t make changes often. But you should make sure to run a backup after any significant changes to your site or content.
There are lots of ways to make backups. Plugins are the simplest way to get started. We recommend Duplicator and UpdraftPlus. Duplicator is the simplest solution for one off backups and migrations. Duplicator Pro and UpdraftPlus with some paid options allow for scheduled backups and offsite storage.
Offsite just means not on the same server as your WordPress site. This is important because if the server is completely lost so are your backups. It’s also nice insurance if you want to change your hosting provider and they are not helpful in moving.
If you don’t make changes often, you can just run your backup and download the result after making changes. If you make changes often, you should do something scheduled and store them somewhere like Amazon S3 or Dropbox or any of the other storage options.
Here’s a quick video showing how to install Duplicator, create a backup, and downloading the backup files.
What does a backup contain?
Backups for WordPress consist of two parts. The files from the server, this includes WordPress, Plugins, and Themes. It also contains all your upload media. The second part is the database. The database contains all the configuration and content for your site. The database part is the most important part of the backup.
With backups you can make changes to your site without worrying too much if something goes wrong. It’ll be a bit of work to restore, but you’ll be able to get your site running again!
When should I backup?
The general rule is to backup before making any major changes AND right after making major changes. This includes adding content that you can’t easily recreate.