There’s nothing more frustrating than losing data. Especially when you have no way to retrieve it. That’s why I use and recommend the WordPress Database Backup plugin. Once installed and activated, this plugin will show up in your Dashboard sidebar under the Tools heading. From there you can select which files you wish to save and how often. You can also select what you want the plugin to do with your database backup. I have mine emailed to me to my Gmail address so I can access it from any computer.
How can you lose data on a server-based blog, such as WordPress?
Don’t panic — nearly every one of the possibilities listed below are extreme circumstances, but there are several ways you could lose your entire blog’s data:
- Servers can crash.
- If you lease space from a shared host (and most “self”-hosted blogs do), if one person on the server does something illegal, the entire server can be shut down temporarily.
- If you forget to pay your hosting bill and your web host might delete rather than suspend your account.
Or, you may simply wish to move your blog to another hosting service, in which case the easiest way to do that is to save your entire database and upload it onto the new blog server. (Note: Most reputable hosting services offer a file transfer service, but this isn’t always free, and it never hurts to have your own copy of your database backed up “just in case” something goes wrong with the transfer.)
I plan to make a video next week that will show you exactly how to upload a database backup file into your MySql Database, but you can go ahead and set up the plugin now so you won’t lose any data should some disaster strike in the meantime.