WordPress - Backup & Restore


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In this chapter, we will study how to Backup & Restore files and database in WordPress. In WordPress there are two parts of backing up such as −

  • WordPress Files Backup
  • WordPress Database Backup
  • WordPress Files Restore
  • WordPress Database Restore

WordPress Files Backup

To get the backup files of WordPress, you need to install FileZilla Client on your system.

Following are the simple steps used for files backup operation in WordPress −

Step (1) − Open the FileZilla Client as shown in the following screenshot.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (2) − Enter the Host, Username, Password and Port like you have used to log-in to your cPanel.

WordPress Backup and Restore

After filling all the fields, click on Quickconnect button.

Step (3) − You will get all files and folders of your WordPress site on the right side as seen in the following screen.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (4) − Select all the files and folders and right click on the mouse and click on Download.

WordPress Backup and Restore

After downloading the WordPress files from cPanel, it will be saved on your system.

WordPress Database Backup

Following are the simple steps for database backup in WordPress −

Step (1) − Type the path http://localhost/phpmyadmin in your browser. You will get the following screen.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (2) − Click on the database name ‘wordpress’ which you have created for WordPress.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (3) − After clicking on database wordpress, it will open the following page. Click on Export tab.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (4) − You will get two methods to export the database i.e. Quick and Custom. Select any one of the methods and click on Go button.

WordPress Backup and Restore

After exporting the database file, it will get saved on your system.

Restoring WordPress Files

Following are the simple steps used to restore the files in WordPress using ftp −

Step (1) − Open the FileZilla Client and login to your site using ftp as shown in the following screen.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (2) − Open the local directory in ftp and upload all WordPress files to your website as shown in the following screen.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (3) − Then, go to your wordpress folder → wp-config.php file. Copy and rename wp-config.php file before editing, in case of some mistake you can restore this file back.

Open the wp-config.php file and locate the following code.

define('DB_NAME', 'db_name');

Replace the db_name with your database name which you have created.

define('DB_USER', 'db_user');

Replace the db_user with your username of MySql.

define('DB_PASSWORD', 'db_password');

Replace the db_password with your password of MySql.

Save your wp-config file after editing and upload it to your WordPress site through ftp.

Restoring WordPress Database

Following are the steps used to restore the database in WordPress −

Step (1) − Type the path http://localhost/phpmyadmin in the browser. The following screen will pop up.

WordPress Backup and Restore

You can create a new database or import your backup in the existing database.

Here we'll create a new database name, i.e., new_wordpress and click on Create button.

Step (2) − You can view your created database as shown in the following screen. Click on the database name new_wordpress.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (3) − Click on Import.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Step (4) − Click on Choose File button to select the backup file from your system. After uploading the sql file, select format as SQL as shown in the following screen.

WordPress Backup and Restore

Click on Go button.

Step (5) − Once you click on Go, you will get a message after the sql file is uploaded successfully.

WordPress Backup and Restore

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