It is good practice to backup your files and data to prevent any losses. In case your system fails or your device gets corrupted, you can easily retrieve anything important and use it again. The same thing applies to your WordPress site. In fact, one of the important things you must do to keep your blog or webpage running and avoid losing your hard work is to backup your WordPress site. If you are new to doing this, here are some tips and guidelines to help you do it properly:

  • Got time? Manually backup your site or assign someone in your team to do it. Maintain a daily schedule for backing up WordPress sites and blogs, and consider storing the data in a cloud for easier access no matter where you are.
  • Install a WordPress plugin that lets you backup your WordPress site. Make sure it is activated and that it can automatically backup your blogs. This can be helpful if you keep forgetting to do it yourself or you simply lack the time to perform manual backups.
  • Backup from your dashboard. Some platforms enable a full-featured dashboard where you can maintain and backup your blogs and sites. You can set daily scheduled or on-demand centralized backups of every blog you have. It should save all your hard work on a reliable and secure cloud platform, like Google Drive, DropBox, and Windows Azure.
  • Consider setting up an offsite backup. In case the server crashes or become inaccessible, consider enabling offsite backups, so you can still access your site and blogs.
  • There are two aspects to consider when you backup your WordPress site: files and database. If you are using a plugin or a special dashboard platform, make sure it can back up the whole site, which encompasses the core installation, plugins, files and images, static web pages, PHP and JavaScript, and themes, and the WordPress database.