Downloading specific files or tables of your WordPress site’s backup is a simple process when you’re using the BlogVault dashboard’s Backup module. There are two ways you could download backup specific tables or files of your WordPress site from the BlogVault dashboard’s Backup module:
1. From the Site Details page
Clicking on the ‘Download Backup’ button from the Backup module will allow you to download files or tables from the latest version of your WordPress site.
2. From the History page
Clicking on the History button from the Backup module takes you to a list of backup versions, arranged in a timeline. You can choose to download the files or tables from any of the backup versions you see displayed on this page.
Clicking the ‘Download Backup’ button leads you to the following form:
The form requires essential details related to the backup version you’d want to download, as well as your WordPress site’s database tables. The BlogVault plugin uses these details to prepare the necessary files and tables for download. If this is the first time you are performing an FTP-related function on your WordPress site via the BlogVault dashboard, you will need to fill up a couple of the fields in this form.
1. History Version
This field in the form refers to the backup version to be downloaded. It is automatically filled up, depending on where you clicked the ‘Download Backup’ button from.
- If you opted to download your backup from the Site Details page, it will be filled in with the latest backup version for your site.
- If you selected on a specific backup version and chose to download it, this field will be filled up with the version number of the backup you selected.
2. Destination URL
The Destination URL is automatically be filled up with the URL of the backed up site.
3. Database credentials
This field should be automatically filled up as well, but if not, your web host would have mailed you these details.
4. Advanced Options (To Download Specific Files or Tables)
If you’d like to download a specific file or table, you will have to collectively download either all files, or all tables, and then select the specific table or file from the .zip file downloaded.
The Advanced Options will allow you to download either the WordPress site’s files or tables. In this section, you can either select ‘Files Only’, or ‘Tables Only’, not both.
5. HTTP Basic Authentication
You will then be required to fill up your WordPress site’s HTTP Basic Authentication credentials, if you have them.
Once you are done filling up/going through all the fields on the form, click on ‘Continue’. This will immediately start compressing your WordPress backup’s files or tables.
The process continues in the background even when you exit this screen.
When your backup is zipped, the BlogVault dashboard will give you a ‘Download Link’. Clicking on this link will download the .zip file of your backup to the computer you’re using to access the dashboard. If you can’t click on the button, you could copy the link and paste it into your browser’s address bar to achieve the same result.
Downloading specific files and tables comes in handy when you need to track changes made to files or tables, restore only those files and tables that are faulty or have malware, or when they have important information that you need to keep multiple copies of. This is why we at BlogVault have tried to make the process as simple as possible with the BlogVault dashboard.