(Editor’s note: Insider Louisville has had – is having – growing pains on the technical side. “A 30-percent increase in traffic. Alright! Ahm, we just crashed.” Tired of fielding our panicky emails night and day across four time zones, our Portland, Ore.-based tech consultant Nur Karlica Roy suggested a WordPress post. We said, “Please!” So this is for all of us in the same virtual boat.)
By Nur Roy, designbynur
A quick answer to a question I get constantly: “Yes, you need to back-up your site regularly.”
If you have a WordPress blog website, it is extremely important to make back up of your database and files.
Never neglect backing-up WordPress Blog websites unless you’re ready to say goodby to all your content.
A simple back up (via the tools option) for your WordPress database takes one minute, two minutes at most.
This is how WordPress works: The MySQL database stores your posts, pages, and comments. All other files ( images, any uploaded material, movies, pdf. files etc. are stored under the upload folder.
Here is the simple chart to explain what is stored on the WP website.
There are a few good plugins to help you with backing up your database.
WordPress supports importing data in the form of posts (articles).
Your written content can be imported or exported.
Content Import scripts can be found under the Tools → Import menu of your WordPress administration interface.
You can also install import/export plugins for your site. I use WordPress Importer. The plugin import posts pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
For backing up your database, you may install these plugins:
WordPress Importer | By wordpressdotorg
WP DB Backup | By Austin Matzko. With this plugin you can backup to your computer or your email.
With a good plugin you can backup your site into a * Cloud services like Dropbox or via an FTP program to your computer’s hard drive.
Do not forget backing up your site is not just the responsibility of your hosting provider. Your hosting provider will usually provide a backup option. But you need to know how often they do back up.
Ideally, the database needs to be backed up between once a week to once a month, depending upon how often you post and how much content you add to your site.
Keep in mind your content images, movies, pdf. files etc. are stored in the upload folders. If your server (at your hosting service provider) crashes, you will lose all your data.
That’s why you need to back up these folders as well. You may use a FTP program to do that to make a complete back up of your site. Or if you have the option to login to your control panel at your hosting provider – usually hosting companies supply a back up tool/button – back up all your site content there.
If you use FTP, you will see files similar to this:
I do offer a website back-up service for my WordPress blog clients, where I use a full site back-up via FTP, which includes saving the entire web directory and database files.
Once the files are saved, I email my clients a link where they can download the files to save onto their computer or make a CD/DVD for them. This is something you should expect of your backend tech!
And don’t be like Terry!
* Cloud-computing services require no software to purchase and install.