WordPress website backup

Started by arthyk, Jul 21, 2022, 06:00 AM

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I am planning to transfer my WordPress website to a different hosting service. Prior to doing so, I believe it would be beneficial to create a backup copy. Can you suggest the correct method to achieve this?
Also, should I save the databases separately or alongside the pages as part of the same process? Please excuse any inaccuracies in my inquiry as I have never done this before. :)


I'm backing up WordPress with the BackWPup plugin.
The free version of this plugin fully satisfies all my backup needs. In my opinion, this plugin that has the largest number of settings, which allows you to set a flexible scheduling, choose what exactly will be backed up, etc.


1. Go to MySQL, click the "export" button.
The database is downloaded to our computer.
2. We go with the file manager to our FTP account.
Everything that is there (usually the htdocs folder) is downloaded to our computer.



By the way, I somehow had an experience, not very successful, using the UpdraftPlus plugin for backup. The plugin is convenient because it allows you to make and save backups immediately to your cloud storage. In my case it was Google Drive.
Comfortable? - Yes, it's convenient.
The plugin itself is easy to use, its admin panel is well thought out. Well, 3 million users in the world can't be wrong, can they?
I collapsed at the time of creating the next backup, with saving to Google.
Destroyed the existing backups in the account, destabilized the site.
I don't know what it was. I didn't use it anymore.

But right now I decided to try again. Let's see what happens.You cannot view this attachment.


BackWPup is a plugin that enables you to create a complete backup of your data, including all contents of the wp-content folder and a database backup. It can be downloaded from the official website. The plugin allows xml export, database optimization, checking and restoring, as well as transferring backups via email, Dropbox, FTP, S3, Microsoft Azure, RackSpaceCloud, SugarSync in zip, tar format, tar.gz, and tar.bz2. The paid version also supports backup bay on Google Drive and Amazon Glacier.

WP Database Backup creates a backup of the database in zip format and can restore it with just one click. The plugin can be downloaded from the official website. It supports manual and automatic backups on a schedule, and saves copies through email, Dropbox, FTP, Google Drive, and Amazon S3. The plugin is easy to install and configure, and offers full backup, cloning, and site relocation functions with the paid version. This plugin is suitable for websites without graphic content because only text information is stored in the database. In cases where only a backup of the database is needed, creating a copy of the site files every time makes no sense if they have not changed.

Backup Guard is a plugin designed for the most comprehensive backup, recovery, and relocation of a WordPress website, which can be downloaded from their official website. It allows you to save backup copies of site and database files separately or together. You can monitor the process and cancel it at any time if necessary.

The paid version includes site moving functions, automatic backups on a schedule, and the ability to upload copies through FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3. The disadvantage of this plugin is that it creates an archive in its own format rather than the generally accepted format. This may become an issue if plugin support is discontinued.


Transferring your WordPress website to a different hosting service is a wise decision, and creating a backup copy is indeed recommended before proceeding. To create a backup of your WordPress website, you can follow these general steps:

1. Backup your WordPress files: Connect to your current hosting service using an FTP client or your hosting provider's file manager. Download all the WordPress files from your website's root directory (usually called public_html or www) to your local computer. This step ensures that you have a copy of all your theme files, plugins, images, and other media.

2. Export your WordPress database: You also need to backup your WordPress database, which stores all your posts, pages, comments, and settings. To export the database, you can use a tool like phpMyAdmin or a plugin like UpdraftPlus or All-in-One WP Migration. These tools can help you generate a database backup file in SQL format.

3. Save the backup files securely: After downloading the WordPress files and exporting the database, make sure to save them securely on your local computer or external storage device. It is essential to keep multiple copies of the backup in case of any unforeseen issues.

Now, regarding whether you should save the databases separately or alongside the pages, it is best to save them as part of the same backup process. This ensures that when you restore your website, all the necessary files and the associated database are readily available together, making the restoration process smoother.

Specific steps may vary depending on your hosting service and the backup method you choose. It is always a good idea to refer to your hosting provider's documentation or seek assistance from their support team for more detailed instructions tailored to your setup.