Backing up your WordPress Website is essential to maintaining updates, and to having a current version stored of your website, just in case hosting servers go down for whatever reason.
Our last lesson at Wealthy Affiliate (Lesson 5 of Phase 2 Bootcamp) we were given instructions to “Take a Break”. We covered a great deal of training up until that point (Completing Phase 1 Bootcamp, Lessons 1-10) and (Phase 2 Bootcamp, Lessons 1-5), a well-deserved break if you ask me!
Now that we’ve had our break!
Let’s commence with Lesson 6 of Phase 2 Bootcamp:
Backing Up Our Website
In this training lesson we are being educated with the knowledge that Wealthy Affiliate is becoming the industry standard for managed WordPress web hosting, my/our (if you’re training alongside me with your own) website indicates this fact.
It appears, based on the training, completed lessons, and the website we produced, Wealthy Affiliate offer features with web hosting that is very hard to find with other web hosts. We should know that every website hosted at Wealthy Affiliate offers redundancy, meaning Wealthy Affiliate are basically managing two of exactly the same versions of our website at all times on different servers. This also means if one of the two goes down, the other same exact website version will automatically replace it, leading to no downtime.
Can you imagine all the training, all the work, and the many hours of thinking, retaining and writing that we’ve done on our website and then have it disappear? Sounds like a disaster to me!
Even though this training is on how to back up our website, Wealthy Affiliate also backs up our website, automatically, on a daily basis. It’s like double protection. There is no way to know when or why we will need to go back to an earlier rendition of our website. Who knows, we could input an incorrect update, this might inadvertently perform something wrong on our site or we can do something even worse. If anything occurs with our website that might cause it to malfunction, the SiteSupport team at Wealthy Affiliate can help us out if we ever need the help.
Peace of Mind
This lesson teaches us in order to have the confidence and the comfort of knowing that we will have a current version of our website, we need to back it up to our computer as well. This training will walk us through the quick and easy process of backing up our website content to our computer.
If we lose all or part of our website for some reason (which Wealthy Affiliate states, likely will never happen), all of our images, texts, and content on our site will be backed up.
How often should our website be backed up?
It is suggested that we back-up our website(s) once a week, and we are also advised to create a set day and time during the week to back-up our site. Doing this would create a routine and we can also back-up our site everytime we make a major change to our site as well. If we implement these reassurances we will always have a currently stored version of our website on our computer.
3 Steps to Backing Up your WordPress Website
Log into the WordPress-admin area of our website: Under the Tools menu => click Export (as shown below)
On the Export options page. Select the “All Content” under the Choose what to export.
Select => Download Export file
A .xml file will be downloaded to our computer. This file although not readable (at least not to this novice – computer person), we will need to save it somewhere safe on your computer like in a folder. If we create a folder we could then put all the backup files from our website(s) into that folder and can retrieve them anytime we need to import this back into our website.
In conclusion: So, let’s work smarter not harder, and let’s back-up our website creations! This concludes Lesson 6 of Phase 2 Bootcamp: “Backing Up Your WordPress Site”
NEXT – Lesson 7 of Phase 2 Bootcamp: “Enhancing Your Website Experience”
Wait, before we depart, I would like to digress just a bit. I started this blog September 2018 with the goal to create a situation for myself that would not allow others to define my self-worth. September 2018 I was unemployed and felt unappreciated by the employment world (Read my story from the beginning).
My goal was to not let my unemployment status define my worth and to not allow unemployment to be the end all. Believing that I am much more than what one might think an unemployment status might indicate is the mindset to have. Although I am employed now, I believe it was the mindset that opened my eyes to more possibilities. Once I decided to move from the unemployment status in my head (I suddenly had choices), don’t misunderstand me, I still pounded the pavement and distributed my resume to whoever would accept it. But, there was something different about how I eventually started to feel, I wanted to live in this world not survive in the world of unemployment. The change in my mindset brought me to discover Wealthy Affiliate! Thus this blog, although I am employed now and at the mercy of another employer, the training I’ve completed (still much more to go) at Wealthy Affiliate has brought me to believe in the possibilities.
Every day, every training lesson has brought me one step closer to my goal of becoming an affiliate marketer. I had absolutely no experience, unemployed, and really no direction (I’m still a beginner/newbie, but learning in leaps and bounds).
Sharing my training experiences has also helped me to focus on the possibilities, holding myself accountable, and holding Wealthy Affiliate accountable for assisting me with creating a successful online business.
Let’s be realistic, ultimately we want to put our worth in our own hands! If Wealthy Affiliate can help me reach that pinnacle, then they can help you also! My goal is to continue with the training, continue to report and share the training with you and others and let’s see what happens!
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