“You’d better make a back-up.” How many times have you given and received that worthy piece of advice? Backing up important things is always a good idea, but did you ever think about backing up your blog?
Think about all the time you have invested in your blog. Would you want to lose that? Although WordPress already backs up your blog, lots of unusual things can happen. Think hacking and crashes. I like to be in charge of my files and I feel better when I know I have a backup right here at home.
WordPress has a built-in tool to export and download a backup to your computer, so why not take advantage of this free utility? If you ever switch to a different blog, you can also use this tool to export your content to your new blog.
- Go to your Dashboard, highlight “Tools” and select “Export” from the side menu.
- You will be asked to choose between “Export” and “Guided Export”. WordPress charges a fee for the Guided Export, so select the free “Export” and you will see the following screen:
- Choose “All content” or customize your backup by selecting the options listed.
- Click on “Download Export File” button.
WordPress will email you a link to download a .zip file backup to your computer. Open the email and click the link. Select “Save File” and the backup will be sent to your Downloads folder.
The link remains available for 7 days. I just made my backup. It only took a minute and I feel a lot better!
Many thanks to Hugh’s Views and News for opening my eyes to this utility!
Click here to view this WordPress Support page on backing up your blog.
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