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What would happen to your WordPress blog if it was hacked? What if something happened and you lost all your posts? Every time there is a new software update for WordPress it warns you to backup your blog before you install it but do you? Imagine all that work, all those posts disappearing for good.

This weeks cool tool, WordPress Database Backup, will keep your blog safe by backing it up and emailing you a copy of the database.  You can rest easy that if your blog is hacked or destroyed you still have a copy of all the data and can restore it to it’s former glory.

Here’s how it works

Go to the plugins menu on your WordPress blog and click ‘Add New’

Search for ‘WordPress Database Backup’

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Install the plugin (here’s a quick guide on how to from Write On Track if this is your first time)

Click on the ‘Tools’ menu on the left hand side of your WordPress dashboard screen

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Now you can choose some options from the menu. You can back up your blog straight away and you can choose to have backups emailed to you on an hourly, bi-daily, daily or weekly basis. I get mine weekly.

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And that’s it. It’s simple to set up and means you can sleep at night knowing that those hundreds of thousands of words you have written in your blog are safe.

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  • http://twitter.com/JBBC Marie Ennis-O’Connor

    This is great – thanks Amanda

  • http://twitter.com/WriteOnTrack_L Lorna Sixsmith

    I hadn’t heard of this one – must install it!! Cheers for the link too :)

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    You’re welcome, saved me having to write it myself ;-) It’s really handy, I always feel comforted when the email comes in.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Thanks Marie, glad you found it helpful :)

  • Liam Stenson

    Thanks Amanda, I will try this one as I need to do a back up.

  • Donncha Hughes

    Great post. Backup is very important but I had put it to the back of my mind. Not any more so thanks. However, I searched in plugins and could not find that particular Plugin. I installed an alternative that links to Dropbox. I presume it will work – scheduled to back up every thursday.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Strange that you couldn’t find it. What alternative did you find?

  • Donncha Hughes

    Amanda – It is called ‘WordPress Backup to Dropbox’ and the site is http://wpb2d.com/ . Not really in a position to recommend it yet but it sounds good.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Yes I like the idea of sending to Dropbox but I guess you’d need to remember to delete or dropbox might fill up pretty quickly :)

  • Donncha Hughes

    I just checked my Dropbox folder and it seems that the Application takes up 78 MB of space for 3,443 files in 326 folders. You get 2GB when you start with Dropbox (so that is 25 times more than i need for my small blog). I am not sure but it seems to replace each backup so space does not fill up. Hopefully, i will never have to figure out what to do with these files but good to have them anyways.

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    That’s good to know Donncha, Sadly my dropbox is always stuffed to bursting point… but could be a good solution if I ever get around to clearing it out :)

  • http://gnoted.com/ Dennis Yuppy

    Interesting. I also like the idea of backups going directly to my email inbox, but couldn’t find the plugin too. I wonder if they removed it for some reason?

    I searched for it, but the only decent alternative was the one with the Dropbox. Hmm…

  • LeeC

    Thanks guys at Spiderworking, this was a great, easy-to-follow post for complete blogging newbies like me. Much appreciated

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Thanks for getting in touch. We’re out of the office until 9am on Friday 7th June. We will have sporadic access to email during this time.
    Kind regards,

    Amanda Webb

    spiderworking.com

    P: +353 1 442 9410
    Skype: spiderworking.com
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