Create WordPress Backup: Simple tutorial (incl. plugin & video)

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Time and again, we are asked about our Envato Market experiences, so we would like to share them in a post. Specifically, we give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages. We also explain what you should look out for when using Envato Market.

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What is the Envato Market?

Are you planning to buy premium WordPress themes? If so, your search probably ends here. Today we're going to take a closer look at Envato Market and Themeforest. Envato Market is the largest marketplace for stunning WordPress themes, plugins and other online media. We'll focus on the themes and plugins in this post. Both platforms are well known and equally popular among WordPress users and online creators, and they bring with them a number of pros and cons, which we will show you below. Let's start with Envato Market.

The most important Envato market experiences

Envato Market is the largest international marketplace for themes, plugins, templates, scripts, modules, audio, video and much more. It offers millions of products in different categories that you can buy to create a unique website or advance a design project. Envato is a platform with a really huge product range, because there is much more to discover here than themes. Of which you can currently find over 50,000 WordPress themes on the platform alone.

The support of the platform as well as the providers of the products respond quickly to questions or problems in most cases. The price-performance ratio is particularly positive and there are always many offers to be found on the platform.

Video tutorial about Envato Market and Themeforest:

Negative Envato market experience

One disadvantage: It happens in some cases that a download is no longer available after years. This has already happened to me once with a still very new theme. So it is important to make a backup directly. Envato is also only available in English.

Themeforest Experience

Themeforest is one of the most popular online platforms to find a chic and functional WordPress theme for modern website projects. The selection is colorful, modern and huge. The designs are based on the current trends. And the wide selection of themes is also accompanied by increasing quality standards. You can find different types of themes, including HTML templates and themes for WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
Therefore, you can find many popular themes on Themeforest, which often receive updates and have been on the market for a long time. This shows you a look at the sales figures of a theme. The sophisticated sorting function helps you with the search.

Negative Themeforest experience

A certain disadvantage with Themeforest is that you have to contact the manufacturer directly in case of problems with the theme. Themeforest does not mediate in this and therefore you have no protection as far as your purchase is concerned. Whether the purchased design theme works with a website is also related to other factors, such as plug-ins. You can't know that 100% before you buy and therefore you always have a certain, albeit small, residual risk. However, the experiences of other users will help you with the evaluation and you can also find the reviews on Themeforest. Also, many templates are overloaded with many plugins and not fully compatible with certain tools like Elementor.

Summary of advantages and disadvantages

There are many ways to buy products on Envato or Themeforest for each product type. In summary, it is worth taking a look at both platforms, because the prices for themes and other products are partly different and so you can often get one or the other product at a reduced price. Therefore, be sure to register at both online stores once, because a comparison is definitely worthwhile.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Alternative solution - A slim WordPress theme

WP Astra Theme

If you don't know exactly where your web project is going or you want to be sure that your theme is always up to date, we have another alternative. The theme "WPAstra" meets exactly these requirements. Moreover, the support is lightning fast and compatible with popular plugins like Elementor and WooCommerce.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Conclusion on the marketplaces

Regardless of whether you buy from Envato or Themeforest, both providers are reputable and you can get clarification on most questions in advance if you inform yourself sufficiently. In my opinion, Envato Market offers the better support. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find themes and many other products for a successful website appearance or your next design project on Envato. We wish you a lot of fun with the selection!

Do you want us to help you with theme selection so you don't make any startup mistakes with Google rankings or a store? 

In this article we will look at how to create a backup of WordPress. We'll see how you can create a complete backup of your website in case of problems. In fact, it is important to create regular backups to be able to react quickly in case of a malfunction.

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How to create a WordPress backup

There are basically three ways so that the files of your website can be secured. 

  1. Manually with an export of the database and the files
  2. Simple via plugin
  3. Automatically by your hosting provider

Since not everyone has the latter option available, we'll look in particular at an ingenious plugin and the manual approach. Backups are often underestimated, so we'll first clarify why backups are indispensable.

Why create a WordPress backup?

If you use WordPress regularly, you often have the impression that nothing can happen because it is a very stable CMS. However, it can happen that your website becomes inaccessible for many reasons related to the WordPress files or database. 

For example, an update may have been installed incorrectly, resulting in an error accessing the website or a blank page. However, there may also be other reasons such as:

  • A hack of your WordPress pages
  • Faulty plugins or files with gaps that cause the page to crash
  • Accidental deletion of data.

Thus, the reasons can be manifold. In all these situations, you will be glad to have a backup with which you can quickly restore your website.

How can you create a WordPress backup?

First of all, let's take a look at how a WordPress website works. These are composed of two things. First, the original files of your WordPress website, to which are gradually added the files of extensions, themes and images. Second, the database, which contains the information associated with the website, such as users, articles, pages, plugins, options, etc. These two elements (files and database) are connected by the wp-config.php file.

To create a backup of your website, you can use plugins. The problem with many extensions is that they often focus on the database. This allows you to restore the database, but if the problem is in the files, the backup will have no effect in an emergency.

So we will look at how to create a WordPress backup without using plugins for it as well as with a plugin without this drawback. So you can decide which variant suits you and your requirements. By the way, this approach is very interesting if you need to migrate (=move) your website to a new URL. It's the same principle if you move WordPress from a local server to a hosting server.

Check out our video on how to create a WordPress backup:

Creating a manual backup in WordPress

Below you will find the different steps to create a backup of WordPress in manual mode. We would like to draw your attention to the last step, which is actually not a step, but explains the options that your hosting provider can offer you in this area. It is rather an addition of information.

Step 1 - Retrieve all files from the website

As mentioned earlier, a Worpdress web page is divided into two parts. The file part and the database part. Let's start with the files. You need to connect to your hosting server via the FTP protocol.

Filezilla program

Simply put, you can easily manage files in folders just like on your computer. For example, use the FTP client Filezilla and connect to the FTP server of your hosting provider. You will usually find these login details in an e-mail from your provider. If not, you can go to the FTP tab in the customer area of your hosting provider. You may need to create a user and password. Some providers also offer an FTP client (also called file manager) directly in the browser. 

In the left pane of Filezilla you can create an empty folder. The WordPress files are usually located in the WWW folder (or the name of your domain) on your web host. Once you have the folder, select all the files and folders and drag them to the folder you created in Filezilla. The download will start. Depending on the number and size of the files, the download may take a little longer.

Step 2 - Secure your database

To secure the WordPress database with our own means, we have two options. Use a plugin for this or do it yourself. This is especially easy if your hosting provider supports "phpMyAdmin".

Step 2.2.1 - Connect to the database

Depending on your hosting provider, you may have a direct URL to connect to your database interface. Usually you have to go to the customer area of your web host and access the database there. This is where you will find your connection details to the database. 

Here you will also find the possibility to access the data via phpMyAdmin. For some hosts the fields are already filled in (server address, database name, login) and you only have to enter the password. 

Step 2.2.2 - Exporting the database

Once the connection is established, you will see all the tables in your database. This is where your website data is stored (users, posts, pages, options and much more).

In the horizontal menu at the top of phpMyAdmin you will find a tab called "Export". Just click on it and confirm the default options (export in SQL format). After that, the SQL file will be downloaded to your browser. Keep it safe.

Export database

Step 3 - Restore the backup

Now we have created a backup of WordPress. If a problem occurs, it can be easily fixed. You just have to do the opposite to restore. So you reconnect to Filezilla and send all the files back to the original folder.

Step 4 - Import the database

You connect to PhpMyAdmin again and delete the tables. 

Then click on "Import". There you select the SQL file created in the previous step and start the import.

That's it, your website should be up and running again now.

Use backup plugin for WordPress

Manual backup can be a bit more time-consuming for beginners, so you can also do backups with a plugin. For this we use UpdraftPlus* . Unlike other plugins, Updraft allows you to backup the database, plugins, themes and uploads individually. You can also set an automatic backup for a regular period. In the WordPress backend it looks like the following picture.

Updraft Backup Plugin

For added security, you should not store the key on the lock. For your backup data, this means that you can use Updraft to store it in another location, such as a cloud. Here you can use different connections like Dropbox, FTP or Google Drive. 

Updraft locations

Other method - backup by the provider

This is not an additional step, but additional information. Depending on the provider you choose, you may have more or less options available. However, nowadays many hosters offer hosting restore. This will restore all files at the time your hoster created the backup (usually overnight or every 14 days). However, it is better to make a manual backup. Therefore, make sure in advance if your hosting provider has this option. Raidboxes* creates a backup for you every day as shown in the next picture:

Backup hosting provider

We have just seen that your files can be restored at a later time, depending on the hoster. You should still create your own WordPress backup according to the motto: "Double is better".

Conclusion

With the Updraft plugin you can perform a backup really easily and safely. You can also automate the backups or backup only certain files. You can never be too careful with this topic. It's always good to make your own backups than depend on an external service. However, if you're skilled, you can easily backup without a plugin using this guide.

Joey stain
Joey stain
Joey has been a WordPress & online marketing expert for more than 10 years. He loves to find new tools and believes only reputable tracking data. Over the past years he has implemented, supported and optimized numerous WordPress projects.

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