How to Back Up Your WordPress Blog

Posted by Webmaster - May 7, 2012 - How To Tips - No Comments

Are you like thousands of bloggers around the world who donít back up their blogs? Many marketers have found themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to rebuild their blogs from the ground up. Itís heartbreaking and it doesnít have to happen.

Backing Up Your WordPress Blog Is Easy

Online marketers are busy people. You have your business to run. You may have a traditional 9-5 job and you may have a family to care for. Trying to add one more task to your already busy life may just be asking too much.

The good news is that backing up your WordPress blog is literally a “set it and forget it” type of activity. There are many plug-ins that you can install which instantly back up your blog on a schedule that you set.

There are two basic categories of backups. The first category backs up your data to their server. In most cases you pay a small fee for this service. The second category of backup plug-ins sends you an email of your backup data. In most cases these services are free. Beyond price there are pros and cons to both. Consider whether you trust a service to maintain and keep your blog data safe.

Also consider whether your own server and email account are safe. One of the reasons many people have to rebuild their blog is because someone hacked into it. One of the ways this can happen is if they gain access to your email account. They then have access to your blog passwords and login information. They also have access to your backups. There are of course safeguards that you can put into place to help ensure your email account stays private.

WordPress Backup Plug-Ins to Consider

1. WordPress database backup

This is a free service that emails you a weekly, or daily, backup of your blogs. It automatically backs up your comments, links, comment meta info, posts, post meta info and your users. You have the option of also backing up your download files and your stats.

You can choose to download to your server, your computer, or to have the download emailed. Additionally, there are many scheduling options, from hourly to weekly – you decide whatís best for you.

2. BlogVault

This is a paid service that is highly rated. Prices range from $9 a month to $99 a month depending on your needs. One of the benefits of this paid service is that if you need it, they will restore your blog. If youíre hacked or you lose your data, they can have you back up and running quickly and without any additional anxiety.

Itís important to point out that simply backing up the words or the posts on your site isnít enough. Comments, statistics, user information, links, and all of your graphics are essential and important aspects of your blog. Find a good plug-in for your blog and start backing up today. It only takes ten minutes and youíll be glad you did.