How would you feel if you woke up one morning and discovered that your WordPress blog had been deleted or that most of your content had been lost?
It’s a scary thought, and probably the worst kind of nightmare situation for many bloggers.
WordPress has a process that allows all its users to backup the contents of their blog.
Today, I’m going to show you how to backup your blog without going via the ‘WP Admin’ button on the dashboard of your blog.
Not only is it a straight forward process, but it’s the quickest method of performing a backup of your blog. Plus, since I last wrote about this, you can now also backup all your media, images and photos.
- In the lefthand menu of the dashboard of your blog, click on Tools, then on Export.
- You’ll be presented with the following choices.
- Let’s start by looking at exporting the content of your blog.
- You can either download all content by clicking on Export All –
- Or, by clicking on the arrow next to the Export All button –
- You can select which specific content to download.
- I recommend that you download all the content.
- Click on the Export All button.
As soon as the download has finished, you’ll get a message saying the ‘download’ file is ready for downloading. A copy will also be emailed to you.
Warning – Make sure WordPress has your correct email address.
- Click on the word ‘Download‘ in the message.
- The file will be saved onto the hard drive of your computer. In my case, it was saved to my ‘Download’ file, although I was given a choice to save it elsewhere.
- It’s also recommended that you save the file on an external hard drive or on a data saving site such as iCloud or Dropbox. If the hard drive on your computer fails, you’ll then still have a place where you can retrieve the file.
Warning – the file is only available to download for seven days. I recommend that you download it as soon as you receive the email.
- If you want to download all your media files (photos, videos, images, pictures, etc.), click the download button in the Export Media Library box.
- Again, the file will be saved onto the hard drive of your computer.
Warning – Downloaded files can take up a lot of space on your computer’s hard drive. Therefore, as soon as you have the new updated download of your file, remember to free up some space by deleting any previous versions of the file.
In the unfortunate event of you needing to use the files to upload your blog, follow these instructions.
- Click on Import in the lefthand menu of your blog.
- Click on the Start import button of where you want to import your file. In my case, I’m importing the file to WordPress.
- Drag the exported file to the box, or click in the box to find the file on your computer.
- The import will start, and your blog will be restored.
- Remember to do the same with your media file (if you have backed it up).
How often should I backup the contents of my blog?
It depends on how often you publish new blog posts, but here’s a guideline.
|Publish every day||Once a week|
|Publish two to three times a week||Once every 10 days|
|Publish once a week||Once a month|
|Publish less than once a week||Once every three months|
If you’ve never backed-up your blog, or have not backed it up in the last three months, do it now.
Any questions? Leave them in the comments box. I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
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