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How to Back Up Your Website (prt 1)

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You've built your website, it's up and running, and you're all set. Actually, there's one more important step: setting up a backup plan and schedule. It's easier than you think, just follow these simple steps.

Nothing lasts forever, especially if you donít have a proper backup. If you build a website using one of our recommended web hosting services, youíll enjoy a site with excellent uptime and reliability. However, that doesnít prevent a catastrophic server failure, a hacked website, or accidentally deleted files. You donít want that. With a backup, you can restore your website to its normal state, to a time before disaster struck.

Businesses should be especially keen on backing up their websites; after all, you don't want to lose precious orders or inventory data due to an unfortunate happening. That's money lost.

Fortunately, creating a proper backup is a relatively simple endeavor. Itís just a matter of deciding how youíre going to do it, and how often. Once the process is done, youíll need to keep your backup in a safe place, such as an external hard drive or cloud storage, and refresh it on a regular basis.

Back Up Your Website Using Filezilla
The standard way to back up your website is also the method that requires the most know-how. Manually backing up your website requires using FTP software to move the files to your local computer. We recommend using Filezilla, one of our best free software picks. Here's how to do it.

1. Fill in the Host, Username, and Password fields. Host is your site's domain name or IP address, while username and password are the credentials used to access your site's control panel.

2. Click "Quickconnect." Once you do, you'll see a set of folders that represents your website in Filezilla's bottom-right area.

3. Navigate to the "publichtml" folder. Right-click it to open a contextual menu.

4. Select "Download" to copy the publichtml folder to your PC.

5.Alternatively, if youíre using a WordPress-powered site, download the wp-content directory and the wp-config.php file.

Your backup's complete! Now, save that file to a thumb drive, encrypt the data, or upload it to the cloud.

The problem with this manual method is that itís...manual. Youíll need to retrace these steps whenever you want to make a backup. Plus, itís not the most simple operation, which may be a problem depending on your technical knowledge. Fortunately, there are simpler ways to back up your site.

Back Up Your Website Using cPanel

Many web hosting services use cPanel, a user-friendly, control panel frontend with many push-button options. As you may have surmised, it also lets you back up your website. cPanel backups are technically manual backups, but theyíre easier to perform than using the above method.

. Log into your site's cPanel control panel.

. Enter the "Files" section and click "Backup."

. Click "Download a Full Website Backup." There are also options to do partial backups that include just home directory or SQL databases. This is particularly useful, as it shortens the download times associated with large website or database backups.

. Select "Home Directory" as your backup destination, and then enter an email address so you can receive a notification when the backup is done.

. lick "Generate Backup" to start the backup process.

. Click "Go Back." Youíll see a link that displays "Backups Available For Download." From here, you can download the backup archive file.

. WordPress-backed websites require an extra step. In the "Databases" section, click "phpMyAdmin" and then select your siteís database. Click "Export." Finally, on the next page, click "Go" to download the SQL file.

Remember, this is not an automated backup method. You must manually execute a backup on a regular basis.

Back Up Your WordPress Site Using a Plug-In
Have a WordPress-powered website? You can use a number of WordPress plug-ins to backup your website. UpdraftPlus is a popular option.

. Install UpdraftPlus, and activate it.

. Go to "Settings" and click the UpdraftPlus tab.

. Click "Backup Now" to create a downloadable, archive file.

UpdraftPlus has other features that enhance the backup experience. You can use the plug-in to back up your site on a set schedule, removing the manual back up hassle. You can also link UpdraftPlus to a cloud storage account, so that your backup files will be automatically sent there. UpdraftPlus makes the entire backup process wonderfully simple. Our other recommended WordPress backup plug-ins include Backup & Staging, BackWPup, Total Upkeep, and XCloner.

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