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Easy automatic WordPress backups

Can’t get much easier than this and I’m amazed no one has explained it properly. Basically with the install of a simple plugin you can get your WordPress database automatically backed up and emailed to you everyday.

If you have WordPress 2 you’ll already have the WP-DB-Backup plugin. Make sure it’s activated and then download the WP-Cron plugin (by the Scott Merrill, also the author of the DB Backup plugin). Extract the zip file locally and upload the files straight to your plugin folder (/your site/wp-content/plugins/).

Next go into the admin section of WordPress, then Plugins and activate it:

WPCronOn

Once activated, extra options will appear on the Manage / Backup option:

WPBackupNormal

Before plugin activated

WPBackupCron

After plugin activated

Make sure you’re happy with it’s setting and click submit. And that’s all there is to it!

Vondur said,

October 11, 2006 @ 9:00 am

pauk, thanks for reminding about the backups! i’ve updated this plugin on my site too. after such failures it’s better to backup daily indeed… feels safer ;)

Vondur said,

October 13, 2006 @ 8:40 am

it sends me daily backups automatically…
not sure why it won’t for you :(

Paul said,

October 13, 2006 @ 9:52 am

Hmm I think it’s a problem with my host crapping out and not allowing the emails through. Since it had problems on the first day of running it’s stopping sending emails.

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