A few weeks ago I wrote a post and created a video to show you how to backup your WordPress database using a plugin called wp-dbmanger. The plugin automatically puts a zipped backup copy of my database into a folder in files.
Today I am going to show you how to backup WordPress (including the database backups) to your local drive using a free FTP program called WinSCP.
WinSCP has some really cool extra functions, such as synchronizing files between the remote and local host. The WinSCP program will compare the files on your server with the copy on your local drive, and it will only replace the files that have been changed since the last backup.
There is an option to have WinSCP sync the files automatically, but to do that you would have to allow the program to store a copy of your password on your local computer. I don’t recommend you do this because of the security risk. Doing so would leave your website doors wide open for a Malware attack.
How To Backup WordPress Backup Video Tutorial
I have created a video to show you how to backup WordPress. I use WinSCP to backup my WordPress blog, but it can be used to backup any website. In fact, if you know how to backup WordPress, you can use any FTP program you wish. If you would like to give WinSCP a try you can download WinSCP for free here. It is free open source software so I am not being paid to promote it.
Learn How To Backup WordPress
I hope that this post has helped you learn how to back up WordPress. There are other methods some of them more reliable then others. It really doesn’t matter which method you use, the most important thing is that you learn how to backup WordPress, and that you have a backup available should disaster strike.
Knowing how to backup WordPress also means know what files to backup. Your content is the heart of your blog. The core WordPress files, your template and the plugins can all be replaced. Your content and the comments on your post are unique and original and cannot be replaced. The How To Backup WordPress Video above explains that your content is located in your wp-content folder