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Step 63: How to backup your Thesis 2 WordPress site

Thesis 2 Theme WordPress BackupBy now we’ve created a lot of content for our site.  We need to learn how to backup a Thesis 2 WordPress site.  I’ve probably waited too long to cover this step.  Especially since I’ve been waiting a good bit of today for my site to come back online.  Apparently, my shared hosting server came under a DDoS attack.  Even after changing the IP address for my site, the attack started up again.  I’m probably not the target, but this is the risk of a shared hosting plan.  Many sites are sharing the same server so if one gets attacked, they all can suffer if the attack is large enough.

There are many ways to backup your Thesis 2 WordPress site

Using cPanel to backup your site

I use MDD Hosting for this site.  My site loads faster than on other hosts I’ve used in the past.  Their tech support team has always been fast to respond and they always have the answers I need.  They offer cPanel for running all the different scripts you would need for hosting a website.

After logging into cPanel, look for the backup icon.

MDD Hosting cPanel

Click the Backup Wizard.  Next, click the “Backup” button.

cPanel Backup Function

I’m choosing the “Full Backup” function.

cPanel Full Backup

Fill in your Email address if you want to be notified when the backup completes.  Click the “Generate Backup” button.

cPanel Generate Full Backup

Wait a few minutes and click the “Go Back” button.  From the “Full Backup” page you will see a list of your recent backups.  Choose the most recent backup by clicking on it and downloading it to your computer.  My file is nearly 84MB with only 62 posts so it may take a minute or two for the download to complete.

cPanel Download Full Backup

I suggest you make a backup of your backup.  Maybe stash it somewhere like Google Drive or Dropbox.  I use and like both of these services.

If you choose this method you need to make it part of your routine.  You must establish a routine around logging into your cPanel account and performing a full backup.  I suggest downloading the backup and back it up too.

Using a plugin to back up your site

There are many free WordPress plugins to backup your site as well as many paid services.  I’ve chosen the free plugin Online Backup for WordPress.

To install this plugin, navigate from the WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New.  Search for “online backup”.

WordPress Online Backup Plugin

Click the “Install Now” link.

Install WordPress Online Backup

Click “OK” on the confirmation popup.

WordPress Plugin Confirmation

Click the “Activate Plugin” link.

Activate WordPress Online Backup

Click the “View Status” link.

Edit WordPress Online Backup

Click on “General Settings”.

WordPress Online Backup Status Screen

Set your encryption settings.  I’m choosing AES128 bit with a password.  Be sure to remember your password as restoration without it would be impossible.

WordPress Online Backup Encryption

I chose to keep the defaults for the Backup Behavior section.  Click the “Save Settings” button.

Next, click on “Schedule”.  I chose to set up a daily backup, including the database and filesystem, and to have the backup emailed to me.  Note: be sure your email provider will accept large attachments or you may have trouble getting them in Email.  Click “Apply Schedule”.

WordPress Online Backup Schedule

You may need to wait up to 24 hours for your first backup to run.  Once you receive the Email stating the backup has run with the backup file attached, you can return to the plugin and choose the “Activity Log” link to view the details of your backup.

Warning: large sites may not work with this plugin depending upon your web host’s memory and processing limitations.  If this is the case, you may need to seek other methods for backing up your site.

I hope this step has shown you some of the many ways to backup your Thesis 2 WordPress site.


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About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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