How to backup and restore WordPress blog

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  • Download, install and activate WordPress Database Backup
  • Go To tools in the side bar of your dashboard and click on backup option.


Under Backup Options as shown below, select “Download to your computer” and click on “Backup Now”. When the backup is done, you’ll be given the option to choose where to save the backup. Save the backup and you’re done.


Note: I strongly advise you to schedule a daily backup of your database as issues could arise at ANY TIME. Simply navigate down the Backup option page to Scheduled backup. Select the once-daily option and select which tables you’d like included in the backup. Type in your email address, click the schedule backup button and all is well. Check to see if your first backup gets delivered successfully the next day.


How To Restore WordPress Database

The guide below will help you restore your database in no time using the backups that have been made in the past. I’m assuming that your current database has been damaged or is behaving erratically.

  • Log into your FTP account and Delete everything in the /wp-content/cache directory.
  • Log into PHP MyAdmin and select your wordpress database.  It’s mandatory you remember clearly well the name of your wordpress database especially if you auto-installed it using Fantastico.


A list of all of the tables contained in the database will be shown. As shown below, click on Check all to select all the tables then select the Drop option to delete them PERMANENTLY.


You’ll be prompted to confirm the Drop action


Choose yes and all tables will be DELETED with this result displayed on your computer screen


Now that the database for WordPress is empty let’s proceed to upload our database backup file


Click on the Import menu as shown above and then browse to the location of the backup file as shown below. Once you’ve done that, click on go and wait for the upload process to finish.


A successful database restoration will show you something similar to the message below.


Once the whole restoration process is done, log into your dashboard and make sure everything is working okay. Don’t forget to surf through your site to see if it’s functioning as expected.

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