I regularly see posts on forums which sadden me, from desperate people who have lost their WordPress sites due to malicious activity such as hackers or database corruption. People rely too often on their hosting company to provide them with a restore when this occurs and in my opinion, this is a dangerous practice.
Think of your backup strategy as an insurance policy. It’s there for when disaster strikes! Don’t have a backup strategy? Then read on…
You’ve put lots of work into your WordPress blog, right? So you wouldn’t want to leave your ability to restore it in case of emergency to chance would you! Thinking this won’t happen to you? Well think again…
In August, 2011 WordPress were boasting about the enormous popularity of their software with the following comment – “..We’ve grown to power 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, up from 8.5%, and the latest data show 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress…” Now I’m not suggesting for a moment that WordPress has any security flaws or anything like that, but it seems inevitable with its rising popularity, that it will increasingly be a target for malicious activity.
Don’t risk the future of your blog with no database backup strategy. You need to back up your WordPress blog regularly, preferably via an automated avenue to remove the risk of human error, i.e. forgetting etc.
For the less technically savvy the thought of manually backing up your MySQL database via PhpMyAdmin or another tool can be rather daunting. Well I’ve got some good news for you – there is a WordPress plugin which does it all for you called, you guessed it, WordPress Database Backup. and it’s very easy to use. It may lack the glamour and excitement of other WordPress plugins but it’s extremely important, so even if it’s the only plugin you ever use, give yourself an insurance policy and install it.
Once you’ve installed it, select Backup from the Tools menu and you’re on your way. The plugin shows which database tables will be backed up and provides you with the option of excluding spam comments and post revisions from the backup via easy checkboxes.
You can elect to save the backup to a location on your web server, download it to your computer immediately or have it emailed to you.
This plugin also includes valuable scheduling capabilities which as shown below provides you with the ability to automatically backup your blog database anywhere from hourly to weekly! I selected the daily option, entered my email address and clicked on the Schedule Backup and one day later an email arrived with an SQL file attached containing my database backup and it doesn’t get much easier than that.
Don’t put this off, visit the homepage for the WordPress Database Backup plugin now.
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