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How to Backup Your WordPress Site Manually or Using a Plugin?

Backup data is an important thing when you run a website. It helps you restore all your website when it is attacked or has an error as well as moved to another server. Everything will be done in seconds without losing any data if you backed it up.

There are several ways to backup your WordPress website, and here are the top simple and fast ones. The most popular ways are using cPanel (manual) and using a plugin (automatic).

Manually Backup Using cPanel

Step 1: Backup the Source Code of Your Website

In your hosting account, go to the cPanel page and choose File Manager.

Backup the Source Code of Your Website

You will see all the files containing the source code of all the website which you save in your host. Choose a folder of your website which you want to backup (1), press Select (2), then Compress (3).

Choose a folder of your website

A popup appears, then you choose Zip Archive to compress all the files to a .zip. Press Compress File (s).

choose Zip Archive to compress all the files

Wait a minute till the compressing progress finishes. A new .zip file will appear in the list. Choose it then press Download to load that file to your computer.

press Download to load that file to your computer

Step 2: Backup the Database of your website

Back to the cPanel page, go to Database > phpMyadmin.

Backup the Database of your website

Choose a folder containing your website database, then choose Export > Quick > SQL > Go. that file will be loaded to your computer.

Choose a folder containing website database

Now, you’ve finished the backup process and had the backup files of both source code and database on your computer.

If you need to backup your data regularly, this manual way is not the best one. There are a bunch of plugins that help you to backup periodically and automatically. Let’s see how.

Automatically Backup Using Plugin

As I said, there are dozens of plugins that help you to backup data. We also have a post that reviews 9 top plugins for this. Let’s dig in that post and decide which one you want.

On top of that, UpdraftPlus is outstanding with 2+ million installations. So, I’m going to provide here an in-depth instruction for UpdraftPlus using.

Install and Activate the Plugin

UpdraftPlus is a free plugin and available in wordpress.org. So, you can install it directly from your admin dashboard.

Right after your activation, you will see this:

Install and Activate the Plugin

Press the Press here to start button.

Backup at Once

If you want to back up the data at once, follow this part. Otherwise, move to the next part to schedule it.

In the admin dashboard, go to Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups. Look for the Backup tab > Restore > Backup Now.

Backup at Once

A new popup appears, choose the data you want to backup then press Backup Now.

press Backup Now

Now, the plugin will show the progress. Wait for it.

the plugin will show the progress

Now, scroll down your mouse, you will see a list of the backup files is showing up with all the details information and allows you to delete or restore it.

a list of the backup files

Regularly and Automatically Backup

Step 1: Schedule the Backup

In the UpdraftPlus Backups setting page, move to the Settings tab (1) and configure these parts: frequency (2), number of saved records (3), where to store the file (4).

Schedule the Backup

Step 2: Choose Where to Store the Backup File

This plugin provides you pretty many options to automatically store your files, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, … I chose Google Drive and let the configuration by default.

Choose Where to Store the Backup File

Scroll down now and press Save Changes.

Step 3: Grant Permission to the Plugin Access Your Storage

Next, the plugin requested permission to access my Google Drive.

Grant Permission to the Plugin Access Your Storage

So, I clicked the provided link and logged in to my Google account, granted it the permission.

clicked the provided link

Then, it will show up a notification that you have finished the setup. Press Complete setup.

Press Complete setup

It’ll take time to finish the backup process. When it’s finished, you will see the backup file in the list:

The backup file in the list

Final Words

As you see, having a backup of your website data is pretty easy no matter what you chose which way to follow. If you are not tech-savvy, you may not want to touch cPanel. And even you are a developer, I still recommend you to use a plugin instead. It brings you an advantage that helps you to regularly and automatically backup your site. It ensures your data on the website always be safe.

Lastly, it can be risky if you skip this task. So, just take some easy above actions to save your site.

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