Backing up and restoring a WordPress website almost seems too easy!
Seriously though, I didn’t have to hunt down a tutorial or anything. It’s pretty straight forward. Follow me!
It’s a simple 2 step process:
• First, you have to backup your website root directory folder.
Since I have three virtualhosts, I just copied and pasted each site directory folder side by side next to the live folder.
Note that “- Copy” is automatically appended to the directory name to tell them apart:
• Second, you need to backup your corresponding databases for your website or virtualhosts.
Only 2 of my sites are using WordPress with SQL databases. I was able to use phpMyAdmin GUI to export them:
Optionally, you can use SQL CLI console to export them:
mysql> mysqldump -u [uname] -p[pass] db_name > db_backup.sql
You can save the .sql databases in the same directory as the virtualhost directory backups. Most likely I’ll move these to external storage:
Of course, it has to best tested!
I deleted the site directory and dropped the SQL database with phpMyAdmin GUI:
Optionally, you can use SQL CLI console to drop them:
mysql> DROP DATABASE databasename;
Finally, restore the directory by duplicating the backup folder and remove”- Copy.” Import the corresponding .sql backup database in phypMyAdmin:
Optionally, you can use the SQL CLI console to import them:
mysql> use DATABASE_NAME;
mysql> source path/to/file.sql;
Now that I can easily backup and restore, I don’t have to pay a plugin provider to do it for me and I can explore the limits of WordPress by tinkering with anything and everything, breaking it over and over, and restoring it. Thanks anyway, JetPack.