I guess this would be considered part 3 of my “Blog Backup” series. Today I want to talk to you about the plan I have for backing up my blog. It may not be the most beautiful plan but it’s one I am hoping will work out for me!
First off, I am using the power of plugins to help me with WordPress. I have discovered a plugin called WordPress Backup to Dropbox, or WPB2D for short. It’s a free plugin and it automatically backs up my blog according to how I want to schedule it. The first run of it took a little while but I didn’t notice anything because I left for work and when I got back it was completed. It took it almost 7 hours to do its initial backup. Since that first backup it only backs up changed or new files now and usually takes about 10 or 15 minutes. All my files are stored safely to my Dropbox folder.
For convenience I have set WPB2D to run every day! Of course, you can also set it to run weekly or however you would like it to. Having already lost everything before, I don’t want to take any chances!
How effective is this method? I can’t really say just yet. Yes, all my files are backed up securely to Dropbox, including my databases. I can’t really say how effective this will be until the time comes to restore my blog due to unknown circumstances. I’ve read lots of good things about it but I have also seen a couple of bad things. Of course, I’ve learned that there are always naysayers everywhere you go.
To recover your blog, you will need another plugin called WPB2D Simple Restore. Supposedly, it only takes 5 easy steps to restore your blog to all its glory! I hope that I never have to find out if this works or not!
My second method of backing up my blog is a more manual approach. I do an export of my blog using the WordPress Export option found under the tools menu. This will backup all my posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus, and custom posts.I know this works because I have exported my blog before and used the import feature to restore those posts. Just read my two previous posts to see how I did that!
This only takes a couple minutes to do and it saves it all in a .xml file. I take this file and store it in two places, one being my hard drive and the other being an external backup drive I have. I think I may also store a copy on another cloud service such as Google Drive or SugarSync.
The second method doesn’t do a complete backup of everything. All the images in your posts will not be saved! In order to make sure I have all that info, I use my FileZilla to download all my blog files from my server to my hard drive and then copy them to wherever I have my other copies of my export files.
This method is a lot more complicated and the restore will be even more complicated as you have to upload all your images and such and make sure all your links are working, etc…
Between the two methods described above, I am hoping to eliminate any further worries about ever losing my blog again! My hope is that my first option will work as advertised and I will never have to worry about using the second method to restore any portion of my blog. The second option is just in case!
What do you think? Will this method work? Do you have another method you use to backup your blog? If you have an easier option I would love to hear it. This is how I learn, by trial and error and also by advice given to me by others!
Let me know what you think in the comments section.
Have a good day,