Every hosting provider is setup provides a unique WordPress website management experience and, as a result, require different procedures to generate a WordPress website backup. The first thing that should be considered is the level of access you have to your hosting platform. You should consider the following questions in the following order (with first questions providing the most access – if accessible):
- Do you have access to the hosting provider’s management interface via your web browser (i.e. GoDaddy, BlueHost, Hostgator, Etc.)?
- Do you have access to the digital server management interface (i.e. cPanel, Plesk, Vesta CP, Webmin, Etc.)?
- If you don’t have access to the previous two questions, do you have access via SFTP/FTP?
- If you don’t have access to any of the previous systems, do you have access to WordPress dashboard?
- If you don’t have access to any of these, you can create a backup still but it won’t allow easy website restoring
If you have access to your hosting provider’s management interface and want to generate a WordPress website backup congratulations because this is the best case scenario and the position you want to find yourself in to be able to easily create a backup of your WordPress website. Depending on the specific hosting provider your going to proceed differently and to varying degrees depending on your hosting agreement. Some hosting solutions provide integrated built in automated backup solutions that simplify the backup process and allow you to backup your website much quicker and most easily. However, in some cases the cheaper hosting agreements make it a bit more tedious to perform a backup. If your unsure or need help determining how to proceed please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional help and consultation.
If you have access to the digital server management interface and you want to create a WordPress website backup your going to want to refer to the documentation for that particular solution to identify the tools available. However a solution like cPanel, provides an online file manager and access to phpmyadmin which can both be used to generate a backup of your website. Additionally, in some cases cPanel can provide a quick backup feature that allows you to easily and quickly generate a backup of your WordPress website.
If you have access via SFTP/FTP and you want to create a WordPress website backup your going to need to make sure you can authenticate and access the remote server via an FTP client. Although, downloading files via FTP isn’t as intuitive a doing so with a plugin it is thorough and easy once you understand how to use it. Your also going to need to access to your WordPress dashboard in order to make a backup of your SQL database since you don’t have access to Phpmyadmin.
Lastly, if you merely have WordPress dashboard access to your website and you want to create a WordPress backup your going to want to go about this by way of a WordPress plugin. There are a variety of plugins that can help you accomplish this but performing backups via a plugin definitely has its drawbacks and limitations. Some servers impose bandwidth limits on either upload or download file sizes which impacts the downloading and uploading of backup files. In the following sections, we’ll elaborate on each of these and explain how you can get around some of the limitations.