Is there a problem?
I’ve come across a few cases in the past when people were updating their plug-ins, themes or WordPress itself and after the update they ended up having malfunctioning website or in worse case scenario with completely dead website or database.
What does it mean if you don’t have a working copy of your website?
Correct, it’s a Disaster …
So, what can I do if website got broken after update and I don’t have a backup?
Well, depends on the error message, you can try to disable all plug-ins from phpMyAdmin console and then to access your website try again. You will be lucky if this is the case, otherwise, hours and hours of troubleshooting and recovery process. But, the best tool here to fix is to Google it, there are many people who will help you for free.
How can we backup a website?
cPanel - Manually
One of the ways of backing up your website is to use Control Panel (cPanel). If you have an access to control panel of your Web hosting then you can configure to backup your website manually when you need it. Though, not all cPanels do have a backup option.
Here is a short procedure how to do it:
- Login to your cPanel (usually your login link will look like this http://yourwebsiteAddress.com.au/cpanel);
- Search for “Backup Wizard“;
- Choose to “Backup“;
- Here you can select if you want to run a full backup or partial, I choose “Full“;
- Lastly, you will need to choose the “Destination of Backup”, pick “Home Directory” to simplify and put your email address and system will notify you when the backup is Completed;
That’s all. Once the backup is completed you can use the same cPanel, but look for File Manager and if needed you can download the backup from your web hosting or if you need to restore a website go to Backup Wizard again and instead of backup choose to Restore (follow the prompts to restore).
Backup Plugin for WordPress - Automatically
Easiest way of backing up your WordPress Website is to use backup plugin. There a few good ones out there, but the one I use is called UpdraftPlus. This is a free backup plugin will allow you to backup website on the schedule and store it locally or on Cloud (like Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive and so on). Also there is an option to backup to FTP.
So, let’s see how we can backup a website using UpdraftPlus:
- Download and Install UpdraftPlus plugin from Plugins section (easy step, will skip it);
- Go to UpdraftPlus settings: “Settings” -> “UpdraftPlus Backups” -> “Settings“;
- Here you can choose “Files backup schedule” from Manual, Every 4, 8, 12 hours, Daily, Weekly, Fortnightly and Monthly. I usually set to Daily;
- Next Option is to set Retention, that’s how many backups to keep before deleting, I usually set to 7, so I have at least 7 days of backup and I could go back;
- The same settings for “Database backup schedule“;
- Almost done, here we need to pick the Remote storage, I use Google Drive as Google do have a very quick setup for this (in plugin there is a link with procedure how to set it up, so you will be fine using it, otherwise, leave your comment down below);
- Section of what to include in backup, I usually leave with default settings;
- Email notification – good thing to have;
- Save the settings and you’re done;
- To run a first backup go to “Current Status” and press “Backup Now“;
- To Restore “Current Status” and press “Restore“;
It’s far easier to setup a backup for your website now and don’t waste your time when something goes wrong. Any plugin, theme or WordPress update can brake your website or limit it, so it’s good to have a backup of files and database that you can roll back in case of emergency.
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