3 Ways to Backup Your WordPress Blog

It matters before you need it!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

A few people have asked me how I go about backing up my WordPress blogs and that question is an easy one to answer!

There are three ways that I highly recommend checking out, especially if you care about the longevity of your WordPress blog, the content you’re creating, and the online equity that you’re developing that may lead to some significant payoffs down the road.

I’d imagine that most of you just said “Yes!” to all of those things, right?

But here’s the one thing that I want you to remember: You must backup your content!

I’m don’t really care about how you do it as much as I care that you do it! Your content is worth it, trust me.

So, without further ado, here are the three ways in which I’ve backed up my WordPress blogs historically as well as the one that I use today:

1. Using Two WordPress Plugins

One way that I’ve backed up my blogs historically is a combination of two WordPress Plugins: DBC Backup and Automatic WordPress Backup. The first backs up your ever-important mySQL database while the second grabs your content (media, files, etc).

Look a bit tricky? Not to worry! I wrote a how-to and walkthrough that you can read right here. I’d highly recommend checking this post out and getting started on it today!

I used this system of backing up for nearly 2 solid years and so I can vouch for their effectiveness and use. Go for it!

2. Using VaultPress

I now use a system called VaultPress which I believe to be the best backup solution for a WordPress blog ever. There’s really nothing else that comes close!

Essentially it’s by the makers of WordPress and is the same system that servers nearly 14 million WordPress.com blogs out there. It’s an “enterprise grade” as you can get!

As you can see, I’m completely sold out on their service, using them for 9 blogs (and counting):

It’s not free though as I’m currently paying $15 per month for each site! Do the quick math and that’s $135.00 per month! For most people this will be a bit out of reach but if you’re serious about doing this “blog” thing long-term you should keep this in your back pocket.

Please note that the $15 per month is an introductory price and offer so if you’re on the fence you might want to grab it today.

Check it out here at VaultPress.com.

3. Do It Yourself

Of course, there is a 3rd option that a few of you will choose and that is doing it manually (or automatically via server-side scripting).

I’ve done this before and it works just as well. The danger, of course, is if you do something wrong you’re going to pay for it, dearly perhaps. If you’re not comfortable with this method then I’d just back away slowly…

Finally, if you want any more info on backing up your WordPress blog you can, of course, check WordPress’ official page on it here.

So, how do you backup your WordPress blog? How about the content?

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]