WordPress Plugin #8: Database Backup

Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of the better plugins.

For many the thought of losing your blog and it’s contents is as bad as losing your phone, your wallet, your car, your kids even! There is a basic ‘export’ tool in WordPress that will do this, but you’ve got to remember to login and set this manually.

In the old WordPress (version 2) you could only export the last 2mb of data so, if like me, you’ve got a whole heap of posts and comments, this will probably not be enough to export everything.

Some of us are lucky enough to have server access from our hosting company and we can therefore use something like phpMyAdmin to take a backup of the database, but again that’s time consuming and liable to be forgotten.

By using the plugin called ‘WordPress Database Backup‘ you can skip all this worry and have the thing save the backup to the server or email you the backup instead. It’s as easy as setting up the housekeeping (as I call it) in the settings to either save or email the backup and what kind of time frame; whether hourly, daily, or weekly (there are other settings, but it’s these that I think are the better options).

You will, however, need access to something like phpMyAdmin, if the worst happens and you lose your website, to restore the backup, but at least you’ll be better off than the last backup you took at Christmas!

Here are a few screen shots for you;

  • Kelly Watson

    Great post, I have been looking for a solution to take the backup of my wordpress site :-)