How to Backup A WordPress Site Automatically and Manually (COMPLETE GUIDE)

How to Backup A WordPress Site Automatically & Manually – If you have a WordPress site and you don’t want other people to do bad things to it, then we have a perfect solution for you.

These days, some bad guys might be messing around with your site or even deleting your entire database just because they can. No motive at all. You don’t want that to happen, don’t you?

So, how to protect your WordPress site from those bad things? Simple, create a backup, so when terrible things happen, you can restore and fix it yourself.

Backing up a WordPress site can be done in various ways, one of them is through cPanel, but this method is difficult and takes time.

There is another way you can try if you find it difficult when you try to backup your site through cPanel, which is by using the help of third-party plugin available at for free.

The best plugin to backup your WordPress site is UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore. How to use it?

How to Backup A WordPress Site Manually

First, log in to your WordPress site’s dashboard. Go to Plugins and click Add New. Then, search the UpdraftPlus plugin and install it.

Right after it has been activated, click Press here to start.

As you can see, there is a Backup Now button on the right. Click it.

Check on the Include your database in the backup and Include your files in the backup (You do want to keep your files and database safe, right?). Then, click Backup Now.

Wait for the backup process to finish.

Voila, you have successfully created a backup for your WordPress site manually.

Backing up WordPress site manually takes a little time, but actually, there is a way to backup your WordPress site automatically and it simplifies your work.

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How to Backup A WordPress Site Automatically

We’re still using the UpdraftPlus plugin to backup your site automatically. On the UpdraftPlus menu, go to Settings. Now set up the backup schedule same as the image below.

Then, select files such as plugins, themes, and other files to be included in your backup.

For now, you don’t need to use the storage options recommended by UpdraftPlus because you will use your own server as a place to store your backups.

Don’t forget to check the Email option box like the image below so you can monitor the backup process via email. Then click Show expert settings.

Your backup directory will be placed in your own server and you can access it through cPanel. Create a name for your backup directory so you can find it easily.

After that, click Save changes

Done! Now you know how to backup your WordPress site manually and automatically. It’s quite simple yet so helpful for hard times. So, don’t forget to backup your site regularly to keep it safe all the time!

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