The Complete Guide to Manually Backup WordPress – Backups are very important and must be done on your WordPress site. Having a backup file will make you feel safe and calm if your WordPress site experiences a failure or damage when accessed.
WordPress is a very popular platform that has made WordPress a target for hackers who can also threaten your WordPress site at any time. And backup is also a word that is very often reminded by WordPress itself and experienced WordPress users when doing it WordPress updates, plugins, themes and when going to make changes to WordPress.
In this article, I will provide a complete guide on how to backup WordPress both on your WordPress website files and on your WordPress database manually. And on another occasion I will also provide a guide to automatically backup WordPress using a WordPress plugin.
Why Need To Backup WordPress Manually
Know the method backup manually allows you to create backups database quickly whenever you need it. You should always have a WordPress backup installed and set up for your site. Because it is useful for restoring your WordPress site if something goes wrong.
Errors can occur in the form of a user losing access to their WordPress admin area after a hack attempt or due to some plugin error. Because you can’t access the admin area, you can’t automatically use the backup plugin. So making a backup manually you will still need to overcome if something like that happens. And this method you can also use when you want to move from hosting service one to best hosting other.
How to Manually Backup WordPress
In this backup process, I will provide two different ways but through the same way, namely through your Control Panel or cPanel hosting and you can choose one of these methods according to your wishes.
The reason for using cPanel is because it is the control panel most used by the best and cheapest hosting companies in Indonesia such as Niagahoster nor IDCloud. But in the process, if you use another type of control panel, it will be more or less the same.
Method One: Manual WordPress Backup
To perform this first backup process, the first thing you need to do is visit the page login cPanel You and enter your cPanel username and password.
After entering the cPanel area, you will see a lot of icons that are grouped according to their use as shown in the image below.
Next, you must enter the section where the files on your WordPress site are stored, namely in the File Manager in the Files category by clicking the icon “File Manager“.
After that you will see a lot of folders or directories in the File Manager, and feel free to open the directory named “
public_html”, Or in the root directory or any other directory depending on where you saved your previous WordPress site files.
After the directory where your WordPress site’s files are stored, feel free to block all of the files and folders or choose the ones you want to backup. Or it is easiest to choose the main folder that holds your site files.
If the process of selecting folders and files has been completed and the position of the folder and file is selected, please click the menu “Compress“Which is in the menu bar or right click and select”Compress“. Usually there will be 4 types of compression that you can choose from, one of which is Zip Archive, Tar Archive, Gziped Tar Archive, and Bzip2ed Tar Archive. And please click the button “Compress Files“.
Please wait for the compression process to finish, and when it’s done, your WordPress site files in compressed form will appear or refresh your page. If you have, please right click the file and select “Download” or download the file by clicking the menu “DownloadWhich is on the top menu bar.
After the download is complete, you have finished the manual WordPress file backup process. Please save the file in a safe place to use if a problem occurs with your site.
Manually Backup WordPress Database Using phpMyAdmin
After the backup process for your WordPress site is complete, it is time to backup your WordPress database using phpMyAdmin.
phpMyAdmin is an open source database software that allows you to manage your MySQL databases using a web based interface. PhpMyAdmin is already installed on most providers WordPress hosting.
Now please click on the icon “phpMyAdmin“In the Database category.
This will open the phpMyAdmin page. And please click on your WordPress database name to open and view a list of WordPress database tables.
Please check all your databases by scrolling down and clicking “Select All“, Then click the menu button”ExportLink from the top menu bar.
You will be presented with a choice of two export methods, namely: Quick and Custom. If you choose Fast then just click the button “Go“Or”Send“.
And if you choose Custom it will reveal more options. First, it will show all your tables in the WordPress database and you can select the tables that you want to export.
Furthermore there is an option “Save output to file“For you to scroll with the database options you will export with the extension type
.sql or choose an option
And now click the ‘buttonGo‘to perform the backup process and automatically you will be shown a pop up to directly download your database file to your local computer.
And please wait for your database download process to complete, if so, then the database backup process manually through phpMyAdmin has been completed.
Method Two: Manually Backup WordPress
In the second method this is a very easy way and a faster process, but this method has a drawback, namely you cannot select certain files or folders for your backup and for the database you cannot select certain tables as you can with phpMyAdmin.
To perform a manual backup process in this second way, the steps are the same, namely by visiting the login area page cPanel your hosting as in the first method above.
After entering your cPanel page, please look for the icon labeled “Backup“In the Database section and click the icon.
On this Backup page, you will be presented with two options, namely: Backup in full (Full Backup). This method creates a full backup by creating an archive of all your website files and configurations. You can use this file to move your account to another server or save a copy to your local computer of the files.
To perform a complete backup, you only need to click the button “Download a Full Website Backup“. Then it will automatically download the file for you as a whole.
And the second is a partial backup (Partial Backup) for WordPress Files and MySQL Database and Email you can download separately, so if you only want to download the database only or your site files in the Home directory only then the “Partial Backup” option is the right choice for you.
To do this process, please click the button “Home Directory“In the Download Home Directory Bakcup to download your WordPress files and click on your database name in the” section.Download a My Database Backup“To download your WordPress database.
And that’s the manual WordPress backup process that you can do via Control Panel or cPanel. Basically the way to do backups is the same even though the hosting you are using does not use the Control Panel with cPanel like iPage hosting who use the Control Panel using vDeck, the only difference is the display.
Hopefully this article was useful for you and helped you in learning how to manually back up WordPress both WordPress files and databases. Good luck 🙂