How to Back Up a WordPress Site?

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WordPress is a renowned content management system (CMS). It is an open-source platform with an easy-to-use interface, customizable themes, and powerful plugins. 

Did you know your WordPress site is prone to hacking, server breakdowns, and other technical faults resulting in data loss? As a result, frequently backing up your WordPress site is critical to safeguarding your precious data.

Tips to Backup Your WordPress Site

Let’s briefly look at strategies you can use to back up your WordPress site:

  • Use a Backup Plugin

A backup plugin is one of the simplest methods to backup your WordPress website. It is available in both free and paid versions. UpdraftPlus, BackupBuddy, and Jetpack are popular WordPress backup plugins.

Step 1: Install and activate the backup plugin of your choice.

Step 2: After installing and activating the plugin, navigate to the plugin’s setting page and configure the backup options. You can decide on the backup frequency, location, and type.

Step 3: Once the backup settings are configured, run the backup manually and set up an automatic backup schedule.


The backup plugin will create a backup of your WordPress site and store it in a specific location. 

To restore the backup, navigate to the plugin’s setting page and select the file you want to restore. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Use a cPanel

Do you have access to cPanel? You can use its backup feature to back up your WordPress site.

Step 1: Log in to the cPanel account.

Step 2: Go to the “Backup” section.

Step 3: Click the “Backup Wizard” icon and select the “Backup” option.

Step 4: Select the “Full Backup” option and choose the backup destination. You can download the backup file to your computer, send it to an email address or store it on the server.

Step 5: Click the “Generate Backup.” cPannel will create your site’s backup.


To restore the backup, go to the “Restore” in the Backup Wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions. 

  • Use FTP

If you can’t access cPanel, you can use FTP to back up your WordPress site.

Step 1: Use an FTP client, such as FileZilla, to connect to the FTP server of your website.

Step 2: Go to the WordPress root directory. It is usually located in the “public_html” folder. 

Step 3: Select all the folders and files in the WordPress directory. Download them to your computer.

Step 4: Save the backup file on your computer or external hard drive.


Upload the backup files to the WordPress root directory using FTP to restore the backup.

  • Use a Cloud Storage Service

You can also use cloud storage services such as Google Drive or Dropbox to back up your WordPress site.

Step 1: Create a cloud storage account. 

Step 2:  Install the desktop client on your computer.

Step 3: Create a new folder in the cloud storage service and name it “WordPress Backup.”

Step 4: Use a backup plugin or cPanel to create a WordPress site backup. Save it to a folder in the cloud storage service.

Download the backup file from the cloud storage service to restore the backup. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Bottom Line

WordPress site backup is essential to protect your website data from loss. Regularly backing up your WordPress site guarantees that your website data is safe and can be restored during a technical failure. To get the same result, follow the methods mentioned above. 


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