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In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you how I created my first site backup using my hosting account – SiteGround.
Though there are free plugins out there you can install and use, I’d thought to give this a try first and see how it works.
So if you’re hosted with SiteGround and would like to learn how you could easily create a WordPress backup, then continue reading.
Backing up WordPress
To backup WordPress with SiteGround, follow these steps…
- Access cPanel.
- Locate your WordPress installation.
- Backup WordPress.
Step 1. Access cPanel.
Login to your SiteGround account. Once you’ve signed in, go to the My Accounts tab and click on Go to cPanel.
If you get a prompt about accessing cPanel securely, just click on Proceed to continue.
Step 2. Locate your WordPress installation.
In cPanel, look for the AutoInstallers section and then click on Softaculous.
Softaculous is an auto-installer software used by SiteGround in cPanel to easily install applications on a website.
On the Softaculous page, click on Installations to view your WordPress installation.
Then click on the Backup icon to continue.
Step 3. Backup WordPress.
On the Backup settings page, make sure to include the directory and database in the backup.
Here’s what you need to know about these options…
- Backup Directory – If you check this, the entire folder will be backed up.
- Backup Database – If checked, the database will also be backed up.
- Backup Note – You can save a note for your reference.
- Backup Location – Choose the backup location where you would like to store the backup.
Leave the backup location to default unless you want to change the backup location.
When you’re ready, click on Backup Installation to start backing up.
Wait for the backup to complete. It shouldn’t take that long. Mine took less than a minute to complete.
And when it’s done, you should receive a confirmation message like this below…
To view the backup you’ve just created, click on Backups.
Here, you can manage your backups – download, restore, or even delete the backup.
And there you have it! I hope you learned from this tutorial. If you find this post useful, please share this to others so they can learn from it too.
Thanks for reading!