How to BackUp Your WordPress Database

Backup PuzzleIn the Introduction to WordPress Site Maintenance series, we talked about a number of activities you should be doing on a regular basis with your WordPress website. Things like backing up your database, your content, and updating your plugins.

Today we’ll get into the details of one of those tasks, backing up your database.

Now I know you’re probably thinking, “Eep! I’m not a database administrator! How can I possibly do this on my own?” But don’t worry. After reading this article, you’ll be able to do it yourself.

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This article is part of the WordPress Maintenance series.

Series Table of Contents:

  1. WordPress Maintenance 101
  2. Using Google Analytics to Maintain Your Website
  3. How to BackUp Your WordPress Database (This Article)

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One thought on “How to BackUp Your WordPress Database”

  1. Very good article, Julia. Backups are extremely important. Most web hosts will do daily backups of their “systems”, but recovery of your specific WordPress site is nearly impossible if that’s all you rely on.

    WP-DBManager is the best free plugin for backing up your database. However, if you’ve got an extra $75 in your bank account, then check out Backup Buddy from iThemes ( You can back up AND restore just the database or your entire WP site. It does automated backups according to a schedule you set, and will back up your data to the Cloud (an online storage system that iThemes maintains). The one click restore is cool — just run the restore program and the program does the rest.

    I’ve used the backup/restore features to move a site from one host to another. One click to back up, one to move the entire site to another host.

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