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Backup a Website

Creating a backup of your website is one of the most important things you can do to protect the hard work and time invested. But they sometimes are forgotten until it is too late and you realize that you don’t have a recent version that you can use to rebuild.

That’s a horrible feeling. Especially when you know it was preventable.

Luckily, there is a free plugin called All-in-One WP Migration that will make backups easier and less likely to be forgotten. The name may seem odd but trust me, this plugin will save you a ton of time each week.

To use this free plugin to backup your website, follow these instructions:

Sign In

  • Go to the WordPress admin login for your website. Enter your username and password and click on the ‘Login’ button. Be sure you are signing in using an Administrator account.

Install and Activate Plugin

  • From the WordPress Dashboard, click on Plugins > Add New.
  • Type in ‘All-in-One WP Migration’ in the ‘Search Plugins’ box.
  • Click the ‘Install Now’ button from the ‘All-in-One WP Migration’ plugin box that appears.
  • Click on the ‘Activate’ button that appears in the plugin box. This will take you back to the Installed Plugins panel and show All-in-One WP Migration is installed. You’ll also see a new menu option to the left in the Admin Dashboard options.

Create a Website Backup

  • From the WordPress Dashboard, click on All-in-One WP Migration > Export.
  • Click on Export, Export to and File. This will start the process of backing up your entire website. The box content will change from Preparing to Export, Retrieving List of All WP Files and Archiving. When it reaches the Archiving step, it will show a percentage. Let it run.
  • Click on Download when the green pulsing box appears. This will open a Save Window.
  • Save the .wpress file somewhere in the cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Web Services). I strong recommend you do NOT save it to your hard drive since they can fail.
  • Wait for the download to complete. Otherwise, you run the risk of not having a complete file.
  • By default, the plugin will also save a copy on your website’s server. I recommend deleting everything but the most recent backup so that you don’t have storage issues. To do this, click on the Backups menu option under All-in-One WP Migration and click on the red x next to the older backup file.
  • Repeat this process once a week or anytime you make major changes to your website.

Congratulations! You know have a complete backup of your website in case you need it.