Once you set up your staging environment, the next step is to create a backup of your website. You should know by now that having a backup for your website isn't just to protect your site in case you mess up with the codes and the commands. It also becomes a saving grace if your website gets hacked.

Importance of Backing Up Your WordPress Website
Importance of Backing Up Your WordPress Website
Some hosting companies offer automatic backups. However, even if they offer it, you shouldn't rely on them and create your own backup. Better be safe than sorry. The first option is to do it manually. This method is effective yet a little more time consuming, but we like simple right?

Just to show you what we mean, here are a list of parts that makes up your whole website:

• WordPress Core Installation
• WordPress Plugins
• WordPress Themes
• Images and Files
• JavaScript, PHP scripts, and Other Code Files
• Additional Files and Static Web Pages

Once you finished setting up your backup, you also need to know how to restore your database. To do it manually please visit this website for the full tutorial. Here are the steps you need to take to restore your database from backup:
• Login to phpMyAdmin
• Click "Databases" and select the database where you will import your data into
• Depending on your setup, you will then see either a list of tables already inside that database or a screen that says no tables exist. Across the top of the screen will be a row of tabs. Click the Import tab.
• On the next screen, you will see the text file box and the Browse button
• Click Browse. Locate the backup file stored on your computer.
• Make sure SQL is selected in the format drop-down menu.
• Click the Go button.
The other solution (SIMPLE!!) are automated backups, that can be done just by installing any of following plugins.
BackupBuddy Backup, Migration, and Restoration Plugin.

BackupBuddy is a plugin that is most used for file backups.
This is a premium plugin, BackupBuddy is the most famous backup plugin. BackupBuddy features a backup and restoration function as well as a security plugin. It does not have a free version but it is worth a try. The pricing starts from $80 per year.

I just like the reliability of BackupBuddy - I always know that backups and restoration are simple and I can go to sleep every night without worries. Automatic backups are also done, so in case something terrible happens, I will never lose any data for more than a week (weekly backups).

UpDraftPlus (Free)

UpdraftPlus: Another file-backup plugin worth trying
UpdraftPlus: Another file-backup plugin worth trying.
Another free plugin is UpdraftPlus, which supports FTP and almost any online storage site you may want to use to store backups (like Dropbox, Google Drive etc.). The only limitation is that you cannot use their service to store backups on their site, but you probably don't need it anyway.

UpDraft is simple and effective plugin can easily backup your WordPress website. It can backup sites larger than 50 GB and also has a very simple restoration process.


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