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In one of our recent Lunchtime Live Q&A sessions, George from Sydney asked “I’ve got a blog I need to start backing up. How can I back up my website?

Check out the video below where Geoff and Gary tackle that question. If you do have a burning WordPress question that you would like us to answer, contact us or join us on Facebook for our Lunchtime Live.

Andrew Marks: [00:00:00] Hi everyone. This is Andrew from WP Butler, Australia’s Home of WordPress. Every Friday we go live on Facebook to answer your WordPress questions in a segment we like to call our “Lunchtime Live Q&A”. Now that’s at 12:30pm on a Friday. That’s 12:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time because we’re located in Brisbane. If your lunch times and our lunch times don’t coincide, you can e-mail your questions through to us – just send them to webmaster@wpbutler.com.au. You can send them through on Facebook. Just don’t forget to like our Facebook page – you’ll be notified when we go live, but you’ll also be able to see that replay. The replay will also be on YouTube and all of our social channels. Now in a recent Lunchtime Live Q&A, we had George send in a question asking how he backs up his website, and Geoff and Gary answer that question.

Gary Weis: [00:00:51] George. George in Sydney asks “I’ve got a blog I need to start backing up. How can I back up my website?” Geoff, how can he back up his website?

Geoff Franklin: [00:01:01] Well, as you’re probably guessing, “Is there a plugin for that?” Well there is and the plugin we love to use is called UpdraftPlus. And right out of the box it has a lot of features that just do the trick. And without going to the whole shebang about how to set it up, but once you’ve got UpdraftPlus, assuming you know how to install a plug in – you know, you log into your website and the plugin section, and add a new plugin and search for UpdraftPlus and add it in there. Out of the box, once you activated it, it actually has a quite a nice walkthrough tour. So click here to get started in that kind of thing right. So it’s quite self-explanatory, really great. And the thing to really take note of, out of the box what it will do is it will run backups onto your server. Perhaps not a great idea because if something does happen to your hosting, the whole point of the backup is to have that backup in a safe place. So what I recommend you do is set up a third party solution to send your backups off to. And right there in the settings you’ll see a bunch of different options like, you may be aware of Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 buckets, which is what we would like to use. It’s really quick. It’s a really cost effective way to manage your backups offsite. But like I said it’s quite quite self-explanatory the instructions in there. And we as as part of our SiteCare plans that we have, we offer a backup, security and maintenance and that kind of thing. So yeah.

Gary Weis: [00:02:43] Perfect. Just a word of advice here too. It’s one thing to have a backup. It’s another thing to actually be able to restore the backup and also understand the integrity of that backup because just because you’ve got one, doesn’t mean that the actual backup itself is going to do its job when you need to do the backup. So what we recommend doing is always testing a backup periodically just to make sure, and that might be loading it just on a dev server or some staging site, just to make sure that everything’s okay with your backups too because don’t assume that your backups gonna be okay. And again, as Geoff said, we’ve got SiteCare plans. So head on over to wpbutler.com.au/sitecare and check out the packages there. There’s going to be something there for everybody and we might actually do a Q&A on that one Friday and run through the different options that you’ve got. But thank you for that Geoff. Hope that helped George.

Andrew Marks: [00:03:41] Awesome. Thanks guys. Yeah UpdraftPlus is a really good… it’s probably the best free plugin out there that’s available. You can upgrade UpdraftPlus to a premium version which gives you more tools for, I think exporting those backups. That’s really important. Once you backup your website, you need to make sure that it is saved separately from your website because if your website gets hacked, potentially those backups can be compromised at the same time. Personally I use a plugin called BackupBuddy. Again, that’s a premium plugin. I don’t think there’s a free version of that one, but that does a really good job of scheduling and backing up your website, and then sending those files to an external resource. Now our hosting partner WP Engine, if you’re host with us, we automatically backup your website every single day and we keep, I think it’s a month and a half worth of backups all at our fingertips. So if there was ever a problem, within a few minutes we can have that backup totally restored for you. So don’t forget, if you have any WordPress questions, get in touch with us. If you have any WordPress problems, that’s what we’re here for. Get in touch with us at wpbutler.com.au.

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