Backing up your website is important. There is nothing worse than losing all of your hard work, or updating your plugins, theme or CMS to discover your website is now broken!
Thanks to the All in One WP Migration plugin, a backup of your WordPress website can be achieved in less than 15 minutes. In fact a complete migration of an average website can be done in around 20 minutes or less (or more, depending on the size of your website).
Simply download the All in One WP Migration plugin and follow the instructions below.
If you are migrating your website, you will need to install WordPress to your new site, as well as the All in One WP Migration plugin.
Step 1 – Creating a Backup file to Export
The first step is to download the plugin mentioned above, install and activate it just like any other WordPress plugin. You will notice on the left side, in the admin panel of your WordPress dashboard the plugin appears.
Next you will need to export your current website to a file. This demonstration shows how to save the file to your computer. There are other options available, however from memory these are only available on the Premium version of the plugin.
Step 2 – Save the File
Select Export To>File and choose the destination you wish the file to be saved. This process is done in a matter of seconds. The alternative method of manual backup involving FTP and MySQL can be tedious and time consuming to say the least.
After conducting many website migrations, I’ve found there always to be complications using the manual method (even other plugins similar in nature to the All in One WP Migration, have caused issues previously).
This plugin creates a backup of all of your websites files, themes, plugins, permalink structure and database, quickly and simply.
Step 3 – Have a Cup of Coffee.
Your Backup has been created. JOB DONE!
If you need to restore the backup file, the steps are almost identical, except you would choose to Import and select the saved file. Quite simple really isn’t it?
Note that this method creates a backup of your entire website and database. Some other plugins do offer the advantage of backing up only the changes you made since your previous backup. However when weighing up the pros and cons, the lack of stability and problems other plugins seem to create almost every time I’ve used them make All in One WP Migration my go-to plugin when it comes to backups or migrations.
Do you have a favourite backup method? Has it ever all gone wrong? If you enjoyed this article or have anything to add, leave a Comment below.