301: Backing up WordPress

Every WordPress website has two basic parts, the database and the files. It is important that you backup everything, including your website (files) and your WordPress database. InMotion Hosting recommends that you maintain your own backups on a regular basis. To learn more about how to maintain a full cpanel backup that includes all your files, databases, and emails please read: Backing Up your cPanel

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If you do not wish to perform the recommended full cPanel backup, you have the option of backing up the files and database separately. First, let’s cover how to back up your website files. This is simple especially if you are familar with FTP clients. First, you will need to log into your account with an FTP client. Then you will need to select the files on your server to download. Next, you will download the files onto your local computer for storage. For more information on backing up your files using FTP please read: How to create a backup using FTP

Next, you will need to export your content using the “export” feature in WordPress. Maintaining a copy of your content is important since your database is where all of your content is stored. WordPress makes exporting your database content easy. First, you’ll need to log into the WordPress admin section of your website. Then in the left column menu, select the “Tools” option.


Select the “Export” option, then select “All Content”. Once you have done this, select “Download Export File”

This will open a window where you can then download the exported file, which is in XML format.

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  • Let me make sure I understand, my goog back up is in Word Press, but when I today do a backup via C-Panel, will that really override my yesterday WP backup.  Or can I only backup from C-Panel everything else, except the infomation that is backed up on WP dashboard.  Basically can Ip provide the new host, my WP dashboard back up, and something something something from the C-Panel that does not contain data from my WP backup.  I really appreciate your help.

    • Hello Dan,

      That would be a question for your host. For example, we do provide full cPanel backup restoration or full file transfers from other hosts but not piecemeal transfers where only a handful of files come from one place and then another set of files from another. However, if one was to do a full cPanel backup and then have a WP file and database backup overlayed on top, we may be able to do that. Again, ask the hosting provider the specifics. It can be done, but whether they offer the service is the thing.

      Kindest Regards,
      Scott M

  • Question.  I am using WordPress and I have a good backup done via (WordPress Dashboard), now today I was given my username/password for my C-Panel for this website.  The issue was that last night I had a samll cyber attack and I had a person add a block code to stop access from http://www.hitleap.com.  Again my early morning backup is perfect, but if I do a backup now via C-Panel the block code will be back up too.  I was assured from hitleap.com that they removed my website from their website. I am planning to transfer my domain from one provider to another, can I provided them with my good backup (via WordPress Dashboard), or they will require me to make another backup via C-Panel.  Please advice and thank you.

    • Hello Dan,

      If you have not made any changes since the last good backup and do not want to block hitleap any longer, you should be fine with that last good one and not need to create a new backup. The host you want to transfer to is simply looking for a full cPanel backup, the content of that backup is entirely up to you.

      Kindest Regards,
      Scott M

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