I had started my blogging with the Blogger blog but after learning so much from my fellow blogger and after doing research on internet i finally come to know that its better to use WordPress as a blogging platform rather than Blogger or something other. so if you are admin of a WordPress blog and want to know that how to backup your blog so that even something goes wrong you can store it back without loosing anything. so for that you require some plugin to do this job and you will find many plugins to do this job for you like “WP-DB backup” and all but it only generates backup of your database not the entire blog.
So to backup your entire blog i recommend to use the plugin called “WP Time Machine” this plugin is developed by “Paul G Petty” and its a quite handy plugin to have. Geeky Gyaan also use this plugin to backup the WordPress blog regularly. this plugin will remotely store your backup files, currently works with Dropbox, Amazon s3 or FTP so its better to store your backup at Dropbox. it will back the following things :
- Your data (from your WordPress MySQL database)
- Your files (and Uploads) — everything in wp-content
- Your .htaccess file
- Instructions for a smooth recovery
- A shell script that can help automate recovery — though this is still a “work in progress”
just follow the below mentioned steps to install and activate the plugin on your site.
How To Install and Activate WP Time Machine Plugin?
First of all you need to download the plugin and that you can download it from here.
If you are installing through FTP than go to your WP-content/plugins directory and paste the plugin folder there, but its always recommended to go to Plugins >> Add New >> and search for the plugin >> and install it.
After installing it go to Settings >> wp Time Machine and configure the plugin.
Enter the Email id of your drop box account along with password and if you want to specify the folder than insert the name of that in to Directory field. and after that click on “Generate wp Time Machine archive.” it will show a pop up saying that wait for the backup to be complete.
You can even modify the setting according to your need, see the below screenshot.
Its recommended to check the “Time-stamped subdirectories“ because it will enable the Time stamp while backing up the database. so the folder will be stored with the time and date so you can easily come to know that when the back up has been made.
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