After installing WordPress, I thought I should create a backup first before doing any customizations on this website.
If something went wrong, it would be much easier to simply restore from a backup rather than starting from scratch all over again.
I know there are free backup plugins available that you can use to easily create a backup.
You can even set up automation to make it much more convenient.
But I wanted to learn how to backup WordPress manually. And I found a way to do just that without installing any plugin.
If you’re hosted with SiteGround and would like to know how to backup your WordPress site manually, then continue reading.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you step by step how to backup WordPress through cPanel with SiteGround.
Let’s get started.
Login to SiteGround. Under My Accounts tab, click Go to cPanel.
If you get a prompt about accessing cPanel securely, just click on Proceed to continue.
In cPanel, open Softaculous located in AutoInstallers section.
Softaculous is an auto-installer that allows you to easily install software applications on a website.
Then, click on Installations to view installed applications.
Here, you will see your WordPress application. Click on the Backup icon to continue.
Next, configure the following settings:
- Directory – Keep this box checked. This will include the directory into the backup.
- Database – Keep this box checked. This will include the database into the backup.
- Note – You can leave a note for quick reference.
- Location – Leave to Default unless you prefer to store the backup in another location.
Once you’re ready, click Backup Installation to start backing up.
A progress bar will then appear.
You can either wait for it to complete or leave the page.
When it’s done, you will see a successful confirmation message.
That’s it! You’ve now created a backup of your WordPress site. To view the backup, click on Backups.
On the Backups and Restore page, you can manage the backups you’ve created.
Here, you can download, restore, and delete a backup.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. And if you find this post useful, please share it so others can learn from it too.
Thanks for reading!