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12 Backing Up your WordPress website.

When your site is delivered to you a backup copy is made, but as you start adding your own content this backup will be out of date. Make sure you make copies of your materials. I have a boots and braces approach and use FTP and the WordPress backup tools and sometimes mySQL Admin.

There are two parts to your WordPress website:

  • the actual files you use like images, flash animations, movies and PDFs that people view or read.
  • A database of the WordPress’ configuration and menus; , content e.g. posts, comments and pages; passwords and users etc.

If you want to use FTP go here and look up clients.  You should already have the original copies of the images you have uploaded, but FTP allows you to completely backup all these independent files.

  • Your target folder should be:/wp-content and subfolders.
  • You may wish to FTP /docs /img,  /images and /flash if present.

To export your post and pages select ‘Tools’ in the Dashboard Menu area and then choose ‘Export’ and “Choose all content.”

When you click the button below WordPress will create an XML file for you to save to your computer.

This format, which we call WordPress eXtended RSS or WXR, will contain your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags.
Once you’ve saved the download file, you can use the Import function in another WordPress installation to import the content from this site.
Choose what to export

Press the “Download Export File ”  Button and save the file whre you can find it again!


This time choose “Tools” and “Import” to reload your posts and pages. Then click on:

WordPress Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags from a WordPress export file.

You simple load the export file you made in the same way you might attach a file to an e-mail using the ‘Browse’ button

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