In today’s world where we are running so many apps, programmes and storing heaps of videos and photographs harvested from the Internet, space is a premium on your computer or server.
However, backup plugins in your WordPress site are tedious to install and consume too much of your computer storage space.
In the bid to free up space on your computer, you might consider using an alternative means of backing up your site over the conventional WordPress’ backup plugins.
This article will highlight the pros and cons of backing up your website without a plugin and then recommend the best methods to back up your site.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using WordPress Backup Plugin
Majority of WordPress backup plugins are easy to operate and easy to launch. It is the main highlight of WordPress’ sites which is the reason WordPress websites are the most dominant in the market.
Squanders PC Space
With the market flooded with all types of plugins, there is always the temptation to install as many plugins as possible on your computer with the aim of enhancing your experience. However, this is all false illusion. Overstuffing your PC with redundant plugins only serves at slowing its speed and interfering with how you are doing your business on your computer.
Basic Backup Features
Free backup plugins tend to be simple backup systems that can be infiltrated at any trial to gain unauthorised access to your website.
Minimal Security Features
It is always fulfilling to be in control of your own site’s security. You are well-versed with your website to know its deficiencies and strengths. This information is essential for helping you identify the areas that need security improvement.
Backing Up Your WordPress Website Minus A Plugin
It is now evident that WordPress backup plugins are not reliable means of fortifying your site and its data.
The list below recommends the best alternative methods of backing up your site.
At first, a manual backup may sound like a complicated phrase used by web developers and other computer-proficient individuals. However, you are capable of developing your manual backup from your hosting provider’s cPanel.
To back up your site from your control panel, the steps below will help you set up a backup system for your website without the assistance of a web developing expert.
On your control panel, locate the ‘Backup Wizard’.
Launch the tool to gain access to a comprehensive backup of your entire website.
With those few keystrokes of your computer, you can secure your site with an up to date tool equipped with current security features to secure your WordPress.
Backup Wizard has special features to enable you reconfigure your website to its former version.
In instances where you do not want to use the backup wizard, it is still possible to download your content and back them up manually in a digital storage unit of your choice. These steps will guide you on how to locate and download your website’s content and back them up.
- Launch your file manager. On the control panel, find ‘File Manager.’
- Locate the website’s catalogue and load the backup. Find your website’s folders always situated in a category of directories known as public HTML. Immediately you locate the files, highlight them and compress them. Choose the file type you want to be saved and the location in your PC you want the data to be stored.
- Download the site’s databank. At this point, you are required to download the site’s databank. The databases are located at ‘phpMyAdmin’ on the control panel. Click on ‘Databases’ on the dashboard to find the databank containing your WordPress integration. Launch that databank and tap on ‘Export’ taskbar on the top of the cPanel dashboard and store the files in the same space you saved the other data.
For a visual demonstration on how to do this, follow these steps:
Go to your cpanel. Normally you can type in as follows yourdomain.com.sg/cpanel (where “yourdomain” is the actual name of your website like for us its “mediaonemarketing”) or the IP address provided by your web host. Key in your username and password:
Click on “Backup”:
Click on “Download a Full Website Backup” button as shown:
Select your Backup Destination – there is where your backup file will end up. By default its in the Home Directory of your website server (you download into your local server or your computer later). You can also choose the Email Address that your cPanel will alert you when the backup is done. A website of 1GB or more usually takes 10 minutes or so to complete. Click on Generate Backup.
Once you have received that emailed alert that your backup is complete, log in again (see STEP ONE) and then click on File Manager as follows:
You will see the Home Directory as the first interface which looks like below. Click on the file that ends with “.tar.gz”, sometimes its a different backup format which you need to check with your webmaster or host company on. Then click on “Download” on the top menu as shown:
Your backup should automatically be downloaded into your computer’s Download folder (or any other folder or desktop as set as default in your computer).
Once you are satisfied that the backup file in your local server/computer is downloaded correctly (the file size should be the same), you should do some housekeeping and delete the backup in your website server. Failure to do so and accumulating many backups can overload your website server space and hang your website.
Reinforce Your Website Through FTP
FTP is the least used way of backing up sites due to its technical nature of deployment. However, people prefer using FTP to back up essential data for its advanced security features.
The steps below help backup your site’s data without any fuss.
- Launch your FileZilla
- In the FileZilla dashboard, access the website you intend to back up its data.
- Then find the website’s data from the navigation bar
- After accessing the database, you are at liberty to download and store the files in a storage space of your choice where you are sure it will be safe for as long as you would want it to be
FileZilla has a unique feature that screens some files from being seen. Therefore, there is the need to include the hidden files in your backed-up files. Download your WordPress databank and apply the exact steps that were used for phpMyAdmin highlighted in backing up your files manually mentioned above.
Cloud backup is another method of backing your content to a remote server on the cloud. It offers infinite storage capabilities making it ideal for big businesses to back up their data.
Another way of backing up files for business owners who do not have time to regularly backup their website is through automatic duplication of your files to be stored on your host’s servers.
The choice of your backup methods is not of great significance if as a business owner you won’t maintain a strict backup schedule. Ensure your website is active and secure by choosing the best backup ways among those mentioned above and adhere to a strict backup schedule for enhanced website security.