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Saving WordPress without a plugin
I created a WordPress page for a free lance work last year. When I was sidetracked navigating things on my FTP, I mistakenly erased several important theme file. Have I seriously only unintentionally removed a fourth of the topic file? For a few seconds I remembered that I could recover a bit slightly a bit of the website from back then that date.
To have a backup schedule for your website is crucial for everyone who has a website - from the beginner with the least technology to the full stacks leading developer. You' ll get yourself out of so much grief if you just sit and reread! These include your website theme and related website file (such as plugins) as well as your data base (containing postings, user, comments, etc.).
For this reason, it is important to have a back-up system for your WordPress site(s). Why not use a WordPress plug-in? If you are not familiar with all WordPress features, plug-ins allow you to extend the features that already work with WordPress pages. Whilst you can build your own plug-in, there are many existing plug-ins that you can download and use on your website.
There are many back-up plug-ins out there (at the moment of going to write there are over 37,000 available for download!). There' s nothing wrong with using a trustworthy back-up plug-in like BackupBuddy. The best way to back it up, however, is at the layer of the servers, not at the layer of the sites. Consider this: a plug-in that automatically backs up your (maybe) very large website is like an additional load on your servers.
Whenever it backs up (which can be daily), it does "work" - which could among other things decelerate your website. In my view, the fewer plug-ins on your WordPress page, the better. Whilst some may not agree, I think the more controlled you have over your site and its inner workings, the better.
It' s wise to trust yourself and not a third provider, especially when it comes to backing up your valuable website data. Well, I'm not saying you should do without plug-ins. However, note some of the disadvantages of collecting large amounts of plug-ins. Nearly everyone would concur that the best policy is to keep third-party plug-ins up to date and remove any that you don't use.
But before we dive into the different ways you can secure your website without a plug-in, let's discuss what you can and should secure: site data sets and data bases. The WordPress page contains several different types of file. The WordPress document says that your WordPress Web site is made up of these six parts in one way or another:
If you create WordPress pages, you're really not tinkering with much more than WordPress plugins and themes. However, it is still advisable to back up ALL parts of your website so that you don't try to recover only part of your website, or even worst, find out which part of your website is lacking so that you can reassemble it!
Have a look at the WordPress Codex for a deeper insight into WordPress documents. Note that when you perform server-level backup, most host will also back up your site data. It may take a while, however, for all these data to be recovered from your servers if your website fails.
But there are other softwares like WinSCP that make mirrors of site data and store them on your computer screen - which can help you saving your work. Also, for more experienced programmers who use the WP-CLI CLI commands line interfaces, site file backups can be done from the commands line and stored on your computer.
And, of course, you can usually back up site data directly from your own servers. You can see that there are several ways you can back up your website data. Most importantly, back up your WordPress site data as well. However, backing up your site data is not enough.
Not all of your website's information (such as blogs and pages) is contained in your website file. In order to get a full reproduction of your website, you also need to back up your MySQL databases. In the MySQL databank you will find all our WordPress datas. But the point is: you want to back up your MySQL databases along with your website datas.
Together, site data and your data base form your whole website. When you back up your data alone, it will be just an empty topic: no postings, no pages, no pictures added to the libraries. When you back up your data base alone, you have contents (the postings, the pages, etc.), but you have no topic, no look and no function.
Well, let's discuss how you can back up website data and database without having to rely on a plug-in. This section is divided into three kinds of backups: automated, non-automated and others. Automated backup of your WordPress page is exactly how it sounds: automatically. In addition to plug-ins and other more sophisticated CLI utilities that do this, automated server-level backup can also be performed.
The majority of legit WordPress-friendly hosters provide automated backing up as part of their services or for a small premium. As an example, my WordPress web site includes my WordPress web site web site web site web site host, bluehost, automated security software that comes with the web site web site hosting services at no added charge. You also have a "Backup Pro" add-on feature (extra charge) that offers more functionality and makes backing up and recovering more comfortable.
Again, this is default for most WordPress friendy host. If you choose to use a premier hosted solution such as the WP engine, your back-up and recovery capabilities will become more feature-rich. Please note: Your webmaster should keep your automated images on a different remote site than the one on which your web site is located.
If your site servers are compromised and your backup files are saved there, they won't last. Do the same for automated server-level backup. Of course, even high-quality automated backup at severest levels is not fool-proof. Speaking of "high quality", I mean regular backup, which is saved on a dedicated backup machine and provided with other safeguards.
No matter how safe your automated back-up is, you don't just depend on it. Whilst automated server-level restores are fantastic and comfortable, you want to store other versions of your website in different locations. Below are some ways to perform manually your site file and database file backing up. Complete cPanel backup:
So, if you have more than one website on your site (like me), all your data, preferences, databases, etc. will be backed up for each one. If you have set up e-mail address on your mail servers, you can also recover e-mails. Then you can store these on your computer, in the iCloud, on an offsite disk, on a USB stick, etc. for safekeeping.
Securing my site from the live site from the phpMyAdmin Dashboard is not my favorite way because I don't like to go to the site specific site searches. You have other options to store all your location information, such as the free WP-file. It is easy to do this from the admin panels.
Note, however, that WP export does not extract your design, plug-ins and other important website file. Then it is simple to simply paste this information into another WordPress page. Or you can use your own remote control to create a back-up with Cyberduck or Filezilla. It' as simple as downloading your favorite file you want to store.
Right-click the file you want to store, and then choose Download. "Below you can see my topic on my Cyberduck FTP page dedicated to my WordPress game. WP CLI is also a more sophisticated WordPress utility. There are several things you can do with the commands you would normally execute in an admin panel: download plug-ins, administer custom abilities, administer side bars, execute data base operation, etc.
Well, how often should you do a manually performed back up? Conversely, for my website laurencebradford.com, where I haven't posted a new entry for over a year, I haven't done a manually performed back-up since August 2014. So if it went down, and I couldn't recover it at sever-level from automatic backups, I would agree to reset it back to August.
I actually quit typing this phrase just to do another backup manually of all my site data and my data base. What is the number of backup copies I should keep? Occasionally, when I revise a website, I make more regular, thematic backup (not the database).
Use the same line of argument to back up your website data and data bases. Don't just back up at the sever layer. WordPress even suggests storing three different backups - all on different media (CD, disk, desk top, cloth, etc.). On my most important pages (which is really only one....) I update my current data base local (on my MAMP).
Always make sure at the end that you secure your work! This may take some amount of getting it up and running, but remember the headaches, fears, and working times you'll be saving by holding a coding epocalypse in check.