Safely create a WordPress backup

Making a WordPress backup can save a lot of misery, time, and money. It is therefore not surprising that a special day has been created for this! In this article, we would like to explain to you what a backup is, why you should make a backup, and what the difference is between different backup systems. In addition, we also explain how to make a backup of your WordPress website yourself.

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What is a backup?

Convident offers web hosting companies space to store information (content), images/impressions, or other content that is accessible online. To guarantee security and speed and to ensure that a web page is always available, it is stored on our server.

Only Convident customers come exclusively to our server(s). This allows us to store your WordPress website or webshop files safely and securely. As standard, Convident makes a backup of a website or webshop once a week. If desired, you can choose to make more frequent backups.

Why should I make a backup?

Losing your data and files can be a cause for panic. It is therefore wise to make regular backups so that this information is not lost. Losing your files is better to prevent than to cure. Losing your website in one fell swoop can happen due to a technical or human error. Fortunately, by making backups you can immediately get your website up and running again. Restoring a backup is therefore also known as ‘disaster recovery’.

How do I make a WordPress backup myself?

Fortunately, creating a WordPress backup is easier than it sounds. Especially when you manage a relatively small website, making a backup is easy. So are you planning to carry out major maintenance on your website, technical development or other major intervention in the near future? Don’t forget to make a backup of your website first. This can save you a lot of time! Fortunately, there are many WordPress plugins available that make creating a backup super easy. Below are a few examples:

1. Updraft plus

For backups, there is a much loved WordPress plugin called Updraft Plus. With over 3 million active users, this is one of the most well-known backup plugins in WordPress. The advantage of this is that this plugin has a lot of recognition and is constantly updated. The disadvantage of this plugin is that there are different price packages available and these licenses are only valid for one year.

2. BackWPup

With over 600,000 uploads, BackWPup is one of the big boys active on the WordPress CMS. This creates four different backups, namely:

  • Database backup;
  • File backup;
  • WordPress XML export;
  • A list of installed plugins.

What makes BackWPup extra nice is the possibility to exclude folders and files of your choice, so that they are not included in the backup.

3. BackupBuddy

You can also use BackupBuddy to backup, restore or migrate a website. This plugin allows you to easily save entire websites. These are sent to a Cloud location or other computer. With BackupBuddy you can automate and schedule backups. This way you can have important data backed up more often than less relevant data, you can give priority to this.

4. Back-up via WordPress

On behalf of WordPress itself, there is also the option to make a backup. You do this from your Dashboard > Tools > Export. You can then choose to download the entire content of the website or to export certain parts. This backup method is quick and easy, but not automated.

5. Make back-ups via FTP

When you sign a contract with a hosting provider, you receive data for an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program with which you copy files and save them elsewhere. If something goes wrong, the same program can be consulted to restore the files.

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  • Hosting

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