• Shankar Patil

How to Backup and Restore a WordPress site – A simple Step by Step process

Having a backup file for your website lets you quickly restore your website to full functionality, in an unfortunate event or it is helpful when moving your website to other hosting provider. Don’t risk whole of online presence. Take 30 minutes today to setup your backup and sit back and relax!



What is backup?

A backup is a copy of the files, Code and Database needed for your website. It is a snapshot of your website that you can use to restore.

You should backup your website regularly. Most people try to do it once per month. However, sites with higher traffic should do it more often.


When to backup?

You should backup your website regularly. Most people try to do it once per month. However, sites with higher traffic should do it more often. It is a much easier and faster process than doing it manually. Plugins should also work on hosted sites if you prefer not to use tools provided by the host.


Many of the major hosting providers have tools to regularly backup and restore your website automatically (or with very minimum manual intervention)


Lets get in-detail about each of the methods:


1. Hosting Provider:

log into your hosting account. Look for the tool that the host has for automatic backups. When you open it, it should give you an option to download the backup files. It will also have option to restore your backup file. Many WordPress hosting providers like BlueHost do provide this facility. (Do check with BlueHost if your package involves backup and restore.)

Below is the screenshot of backup screen.




2. Plugins

WordPress backup plugins add the element of ease to creating dependable backups for your WordPress site. All you have to do is install your favorite WordPress backup plugin, configure a few settings and you’re good.

If you are going to use the plugin, then use the plugin installer in WordPress on the plugins tab. It will take you to the plugin store, where you can search for and download the plugin. Much of the process is automatic, so it will be quick and easy. Once you have the plugin installed, activate it and follow the instructions from the manufacturer. It will usually be as simple as pushing the backup button in the plugin’s interface.

To restore, at the destination site, you will have to install the same plugin and upload the backup file and follow the instruction to get your website restored.

Some of the top free plugins for WordPress backup are as below:

  1. BackupBuddy

  2. UpdraftPlus

  3. Duplicator

using plugins like UpdraftPlus you can actually backup the site directly in to your google drive, periodically! isn't that wonderful!


3. Manual

To create a copy of your WordPress files, you just need to download your entire WordPress directory. How? You can login to your server via cPanel or using a SFTP program. Navigate to the File Manager, which should lead you to your public_html or Home directory. Compress the entire directory and download it.

Now that you have all the files, locate for phpMyAdmin and download your database completely. You can export the database in SQL format and use the backup file to restore it at your new place.



Having a reliable backup solution in place is the best thing you can do for your WordPress-based business. Anything can happen at any time, but with backups in place, you will avoid unwanted stress. Just hit restore, and you’re back in business.


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