There are two sets of data to back up on a WordPress site: 1. The files. 2. The database. Both need to be backed up. Here’s how to do it.
You may use a plugin to back up all of the files and data on your WordPress site, and store your information in another location.
I recommend a back up plugin called UpDraftPlus. There’s a free version that can back up the files and the database. It can run backups on a schedule and save the information to another server. There’s also a paid version of UpDraftPlus that adds more features.
Set UpDraftPlus to create scheduled backups — for small blogs a couple of times per week, and keeping four previous backups, works well.
I recommend saving the backups to a free Google Drive account, or other reliable cloud storage, which is separate from your web hosting. It will hold your data in a physically different location than your web server and it’s very easy to configure UpDraftPlus to save backups there.
The backups you create with UpDraftPlus are in addition to the backups done regularly by your web hosting companies. Your backups make sure you have all of your data in case you need it. The backup data from UpDraftPlus is saved in a standard format which you may also use to copy an entire WordPress site to another web server or web hosting provider.
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