WordPress Backup Tools

WordPress Admin: Learn to download a backup of your pages, posts and media using WordPress backup Tools.

In the WordPress Admin Menu under Tools there are a few items. The first two below are for your information. The ones that I want  to concentrate on here are the WordPress Export Tool and Backup

Available Tools provides a little app called “Press This” which you can drag to your browser and use to quickly capture info from other websites to publish on your own blog. There is also a category converter that allows you to convert your blog categories to tags.

Import is a feature that will allow you to import all your blog posts into your WordPress site from other blogs like Blog Spot.

Both of the above have more information contained in the help tab.

WordPress tools backup

Use the Export Tool to generate a backup of all your pages, posts, media and links. You can choose what to export but I recommend that you choose All Content.

Click on the Download Export File and save the file to your computer. The file will look similar to the image below with the name of your site and the date.

IMPORTANT: this tool does not back up NextGen Gallery Images.

The file is used to migrate your content to another installation of WordPress. Note that it does not back up NextGen Gallery images, but you have the originals, don’t you?

Using the UpDraft Plus Backup Plugin

Inside your WordPress Admin area go to Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups.

Once there you will see that I have already generated a backup for you. I do this every time I login to update your site. The plugin is configured for you so all you need to do is download the backup zip files to your computer.




glass_numbers_1 Click on the link that says “1 set(s) available”. Note under the Configure Backup Contents and Schedule are set to Manual and retain only 1 set. Backups are space hogs so it is important that you download your backups and only retain one set.


glass_numbers_2 Once the above link is clicked the page expands to reveal your down load links. The four that are highlighted on the image above are the zip files that contain your content. You don’t need to use the last 3 buttons as they are of no value. Especially do not use the “restore” button. There’s no need to restore your site if it is working fine and this is something I would be doing for you if the unforeseen happens.


glass_numbers_3 The first button is to start the dwonload. Once clicked follow the prompts and save the zip file to your computer.

glass_numbers_4 Once your backup is safely tucked away click the remove from server button to make room for the next backup.

There’s nothing you have to do with the backups other then keep them zipped and safe.


Familiarize yourself with the WordPress Settings next.