WordPress – How To Create Backups
How to create backups for your WordPress blog.
Now obviously, you can go to Cpanel and backup your whole site, however in this example, I want to show you how to back up your specific WordPress blog and use a specific plugin called XCloner to do just that, and also in the future videos, I will show you how to restore your previous backup of your WordPress blog.
So let’s go ahead and do that, the first thing you want to do is of course is to go to your dashboard.
And at this point you’ll want to go to “Plugins”, click on “Add New Plugin”.
And do a search for “XCloner” – click on “Search Plugins” and it’s this one here.
So click on “Install Now”, click on “Okay”.
Enter your FTP user name and password.
Click on “Proceed”, click on “Activate”, and there we go.
Now the reason why I chose XCloner versus all the other WordPress backup systems is because XCloner is not only free, but it allows you to back up your blogs and also restore them.
And you can also clone them and move them to a different domain name, which I’ll show you in the future videos.
Now what I want to do is go to the settings for XCloner.
And to access XCloner right here you’ll see the link that says, “open XCloner”, so I’m going to click on that and then you’re going to see the configuration settings.
But before we can get in there, we need to log in, and by default, you’re user name is going to be “admin” and your password is also going to be “admin”.
So put in “admin”, “admin” – click on “log in” and what we need to do is we need to specify the backup store path check directory, the temporary path check directory, and so forth.
And I want to show you how to do just that.
Now it may look complicated but it really is not complicated at all.
The first thing that you want to do is click on “Configuration”.
And you’ll notice here that the “backup start path” has been completed, but we need to fill up the “backup store path”.k to the Cpanel and create a Cron Job.
So the next thing I want to do is show you how to do that.
If you go to Cpanel or whatever web hosting panel you are using, all you need to do is look for “Cron”, so at the very bottom of Cpanel, if I click on “Cron Jobs” what I can do is set this to activate this Cron Job every hour, every minute and so forth.
In this case I’m going to do it once a day or we could do it once a week.
And then where it says “Command” we’ll want to enter this link here, click on “Add New Cron Job” and that’s it.
So now you have your Cron Job set.
What this does is it automates your backup generator for your website.
Now if I want to go ahead and create a backup, what I need to do is under the “Actions” link here, click on “Generate Back Up”.
And under the “Database Options” under “Backup Database” we are selecting the current database, so I’m going to select all of this here.
And I’m going to click on “File Options” and at this tab, you can choose your back up name if you want to do so, if you leave this blank, it’ll generate a backup name for you.
Now this right here are excluded folders and excluded files, so if you check something here, it will actually exclude these files.
In this case, I’m going to leave everything blank, back up comments are mainly for you if you want to add comments so that you’ll remember something that you did in particular, in the future; in this case I’m going to leave it blank and click on “Continue”.
And as you can see, XCloner is now generating the back up, and within a matter of seconds, it has generated the back up and we’re done!