WordPress site being an open source software is more vulnerable to hacks and losses. That’s why, whilst using this site-building and management platform, you also need to create backups of it at regular intervals. Backups are the insurance for your site, they help you to safeguard your site. In case your site or database gets crashed, corrupted, erased or hacked, you can immediately restore everything back to the normal state by restoring a backup.
So If you are someone who loves writing blogs, you must be having an idea of how important it is for your blogs to get published. WordPress no doubt could be the best possible solution for you for CMS( Content Management System). The platform provides enough elbow space to all its users to modify and personalize the software for their intentional purposes. You can also customize your WordPress site by installing themes and plugins on it.
In this post we will look at the various feature provided by backup plugins, to bring out the best use of them.I will take Blogvault backup plugin for reference. The reason I chose it is, it is the most renowned and trusted plugin for backup among the users.
Backup and restore is primarily composed of four important aspects
- WordPress Site Files
- Database backups
- Manual Backup
- Backup plugins: Automated Backups
The first two are the entities of backups and next two are the ways to create a backup. Click here For better understanding.
OK, so the first thing you need to know is,
How to install Blogvault on your WordPress site?
Blogvault Installation is really as easy as cutting a cake. All you have to do is follow these 9 steps.
Step 1.LogIn to your WordPress site.
Step 2.Click on Plugin menu at the leftmost list.
Step 3.Click on Add new.
Step 4. If you don’t see Blogvault at default plugin screen, browse Blogvault on ‘Floating Social Bar’.
Step 5. Once found, Sign up to its 7 days free trial.
Step 6. After signing up, Register your site with it.
Step 7. Feed you mail id, password and site URL. then click on ‘Register’ Button.
Step 8. Click on Install Plugin button.
Step 9. You will see the following window, which shows that you have installed it successfully.
Now, you have the plugin installed and activated on your site. If you face any problem while installing, click here to seek help.
Watch this video for an illustrative guide.
Next, to installation, we will look at the ways to leverage the enormous potential of this plugin cause if you fail to do so, then even an unconventional plugin like this will act as a conventional one.
Tip 1. Create Backup of your entire site and not just database.
Your WordPress site is made up of site files and databases. While backing up, most of us generally focus only on database backups which aren’t sufficient. Though database holds critical data, site files also include important components like plugins, images, themes, etc. So an efficient backup service is the one which supports both types of backups.
Blogvault provides you the facility to backup both site files and database, unlike other backup plugins.This means, by using it you can create backups of plugins belonging to another niche like SEO, caching, security etc as well but yeah they must have already installed on your site.
Watch the video below for all in one description on how to create backups with Blogvault:
Tip 2. Migrate your Website to a distinct location.
Migration refers to a reconfiguration of your WordPress website to a new/different web host or URL. But why will you do so?
Suppose, you are not happy with the services of your hosting provider or you are facing cliches in your current site URL. In any of the two situations, you can switch to a new Hosting provider and domain. But very often, the site breaks down after/during migration. Also, migration of a larger site that contains bulk of contents, themes, plugins and other data is cumbersome.
Luckily, with Blogvault you can migrate to any domain and web hosts with only one-click.
What you have to do is to click on ‘Migrate’ on its Backup Module.
- Feed Creds of new web host or domain.
- Enter new site’s URL
Key features of Blogvault Zero-Downtime-Migration:
- You can migrate either site files or database or both, at a time.
- It is compatible to migrate your site to any web host, just enter the IP address of the new web host to migrate safe and secure.
- It is accordant to migrate any size of data.
- It automatically rewrites URLs (including posts and pages) while migrating to a new domain.
Tip 3. Automate your Backups and Restores.
What will be the purpose of using any backup service if every time you need to instruct it for backup creation? It should be itself simpler enough to create the backup with one click or automatically( as per it is scheduled).
That’s why, Blogvault supports real-time backup, i.e, every minute change at your site is saved immediately. You can schedule your backup creation daily, monthly, annually based on how frequent you want them to back up. The best thing is, once you synchronize your backup, it won’t ask for any kind of manual interventions.
It also supports Incremental backup in order to save a lot of your disk and storage space. It once creates a full backup of your site and then stores only the latest incremented data.
Tip 4. Check your backups before restoration.
Why do we create a backup? Obviously to restore them back to the site when needed. But what if the backed up data does not work well on the live site?
No, it’s not your backup plugin’s fault, maybe it is because any of your plugin’s or theme’s validation has expired. But since Blogvault has taken the responsibility for your site security, it has a remedy for it too.
You can check the performance of the backed up data in a testing environment before deploying them on the live site. The testing environment provided by Blogvault is an exact replica of your original production site. You can experiment updation of old plugins and installation of new plugins in this environment. You can also check images, videos, alignments here.
This process is widely called Staging and nobody would believe that a backup plugin facilitates this feature too, Wow!!
Tip 5. Auto Restore your Backups
Just like automated backups, you can also activate the plugins to automate restoration at the server. Auto restores let you access to fast restoration. The sooner you restore backups, the quicker you will get back to your business routine. Look down to compare two ways of backup restoration:
# The usual way of restoring data is :
Step 1.Select database table to import data.
Step 2. Delete all the existing data in that table.
Step 3. After this, export data from backup location to that database table.
But BlogVault, does ‘Differential restoration’. It does not delete or replace data from tables. It instead keeps on adding files from the backup location to the server.
# Steps to activate Blogvault auto-restore feature:
Step 1. Select Auto Restore from Backup module.
Step 2. Enter FTP hostname, FTP username, and password, SFTP, FTPS of the site.
Step 3. Browse and Select the folder that has WP installation. Once done,
Click on Continue button.
Step 4. Now feed details and URL of the new site and you are done.
Step 5. No more steps, 4 simpler steps and you have restored your backups to the server, ain’t it easier?
Blogvault beyond being a backup plugin is a backup strategy for your business. It doesn’t ask you to master it, unlike any other strategy. With its premium installation, you can ward off data hacks as it supports encrypted backups. Check out this post to know it more.