Backups are very crucial yet it is one of the things that is most of the time forgotten. Maybe you have no idea how to do backups just yet. Or maybe you think that backups are automatically done by the web hosting company for you. Maybe you haven’t had the time to backup your WordPress site. Everybody has a reason why they don’t backup their site. But everyone ought to give it time because it is very important. It is one of the things that you should take seriously.
Just imagine, your site could get hacked or your servers can crash. You have to start from scratch if you don’t have a backup and that’s a lot of work. It is important that you give ample time to backup your site. You won’t regret the time that you devote for it. In this post, we will show you how to do WordPress backup. Let’s begin!
You can backup your WordPress site manually by downloading your whole WordPress directory. How do you do this? All you need to do it is to login to your server through cPanel.
How to Backup WordPress using cPanel
- The first thing you have to do is to Login to your web hosting account.
- Then, Go to the “cPanel”. That is usually on the first page after you login.
- Go to “File Manager.” This will lead you to the “Home Directory” or “public_html.”
- Look for your WordPress directory (In most cases, it will be in your Sites name or the name that you given during the WordPress installation. It includes the sub-folders like ‘wp-contents,’ ‘wp-inludes,’ etc.). That is the folder that you should backup.
- What you have to do first is to compress the folder before you can download it.
- Select the WordPress directory and from the menu bar, choose “Compress.” and Choose the ZIP compression option You can also choose any of the gZip or Tar options.)
- Simply click the button “Compress Files” and the process will begin. The server will save the compressed WordPress folder to the selected directory (Don’t change the directory if you want the ZIP at the same location as the WordPress folder.)
- Select the archive that you’ve made and click “Download” from the menu.
- The last thing you have to do is to select a secure location within your hard disk and save your backup.
- And you’re good to go!
Now you have successfully made a backup for your WordPress site using cPanel. Remember to follow the steps above and give ample time for the process.