ManageWP User Guide: Backup Your Websites Using ManageWP

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ManageWP User Guide: Backup Your Websites Using ManageWP

  1. 1. Backup Your Websites Using ManageWPBacking up your sites is an important part of managing your websites,and ManageWP makes that job a whole lot easier. Having a goodbackup process in place helps to keep your site secure. If the worstshould happen youll always have a backup that you can restore yoursite from. Without a backup you could have to spend days trying to fixyour site, spend hundreds of dollars on help to fix it, or even completelylose your website.ManageWP protects you from that.You can automate the process, and back up to a number of sourcesincluding Dropbox and Amazon S3.Lets look at how easy it is to back up your site using ManageWP.Backing up an Individual SiteTo backup an individual site hover over the site’s name and clickbackup now:A popup window will appear giving you some options so that you cancontrol your backup.
  2. 2.  Backup type - choose whether you want to backup your whole site or just your database Number of backups to keep - you can keep between 1 and 30 backups Exclude files and folders - exclude any folders you don’t want to backup Include folders - if you have other folders other than the core WordPress folders tell ManageWP here No compression - if your site is too large and your backups are failing check this box Optimize database tables before backup - check to optimize your database Do not keep backups on this server - we recommend that you keep your backups in a different place in case your server goes down. If you check this box you should choose an external backup destination If you are happy with your settings you can click “Create Backup”. If you are backing up to an external location go on to the next step.
  3. 3. Backup to an External Location You can backup to a number of different locations: FTP Amazon S3 Dropbox EmailYou will need to have your login details for whichever service youchoose to use.
  4. 4. You can test your connection by clicking the Test Connection button.This will help you to make sure that everything is working correctlybefore you get started.When you are happy click Create Backup..Automating Your BackupsAs well as backing up a single website you can create backup tasks.You can create as many backup tasks as you want so if you want youcan backup your sites at different times or to different locations you can.To create a backup task navigate to Protect > Backups and click AddNew.a) Task OptionsFirst of all, set up your options.
  5. 5. There are a number of settings you can choose here: Task name - give your task a name Task schedule - choose how often you want your task to take place Backup type - either back up your whole site or just your database
  6. 6.  Number of Backups to Keep - choose how many backups you want to keep Exclude Files and Folders - choose any folders that you wish to exclude Include folders - include any additional folders that are not part of the WordPress core No compression - if you are having trouble backing up your site choose this Optimize database tables before backup - this will decrease the size of your backup Do not keep backups on this server - check this if you are backing up to an external locationb) Choose websitesChoose the sites that you wish to back up, either individual sites or bygroup.
  7. 7. c) Choose your backup locationYou can backup to: FTP Amazon S3 Dropbox EmailYou will need to have your login details to backup to any of theselocations.When you are happy click Save.
  8. 8. Your backup task is scheduled. Now you have regular backups and awhole pile of peace of mind.Failed BackupsSometimes a backup can fail. There can be a number of differentreasons for this. Before you panic, check out the tips below.File too bigYour site may be too big, or there may not be enough space on yourserver for it. To check whether you file’s size is the cause of your failedbackup, run a database backup only and see if that is successful. Adatabase backup is much smaller, so if that works the probably reasonfor your backup failing is your file size.Try the following: exclude unnecessary folders from the backup (including backups made by other plugins or anything else that causes the file size to increase unnecessarily check the No Compression option Clean up your folders, removing any large files that you don’t need any more Check your database for large unnecessary tables made by pluginsExecution Time and Memory LimitFailed backups can also be caused by an execution time or memorylimit that is too low. To increase your memory limit and execution please
  9. 9. contact your hosting provider to do this for you because a lot ofproviders wont let you do it yourself. You can never be sure how muchwill be enough but 600s execution time and a 256M memory limit is agood start.Insufficient Write Permissions Your WordPress permissions need to be correct to perform a backup. The correct permissions will depend on your hosting company. You can read more about write permissions on the WordPress Codex. If you need help with any of these changes you will need to contact your hosting provider. You should ask them to: Increase your PHP execution time Give you access to the mysqldump command Give you access to zip and unzip commands Ensure that wp-content is writeable by your websiteIf none of these solve your backup problems, you can try askingour support experts in the ManageWP community forum.

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