My name is Aneta and this is my blog. Below some things that you will make your life easier:
Writing a traditional ‘About me’ page never worked for me. But if you want to know more about my background, there are two places you should visit – my LinkedIn profile for my work history, and my Now page, to find out what I am doing right now.
I do not use Instagram for business anymore (more about it soon) but I still love spying out some stunningly curated IG feeds. I just can’t stay away.
I have been creating some graphics for fun, mixing and matching colours, photos and fonts. And then I had an AHA! moment – I can publish Instagram feed themes inspirations for fun. So here’s the first one – blue & yellow Instagram theme.
Theme: Blue & Yellow
This Instagram theme combines two contrasting colours: bright blue with toned down butter yellow. They will work nicely with both white and black. It’s bold and modern.
Taking time each week and month to back up your website it’s not a bother – it’s a potential life-saver when a new WordPress update goes wrong and wreaks havoc with your plugins or when someone, unfortunately, hacks your website.
In this quick step by step guide, I will show you how to export your WordPress data, save a copy of your MySQL database from a World4You client perspective and finally, how to back up the complete set of your WordPress files off your server.
How often should you back up your WordPress site?
The best way to go about any administrative task is to establish regular routines.
You should export your WordPress data every week.
You should back up your WordPress MySQL database every week.
You should back up your entire WordPress site every quarter.
If you are a client of World4You they automatically create monthly website backups and MySQL database backups from the last 4 days, both of which you can recover for a small fee in case of emergency. Just go to ‘Webspace’ and then ‘Backup’ in your World4You admin.
Where should I store my WordPress backups?
I would strongly advise you that you do not keep your backups on a system that can be easily compromised or lost (an external drive or your personal computer). The best and safest place for your back up is cloud storage, for example, Google Drive, Dropbox, or your server provider. For example, World4You offers free cloud storage for domain + hosting packages, storage capacity depending on your service package.
Click on ‘Download Export File’ and save it in a safe location.
Step 2: Export your MySQL WordPress database via World4You admin
Okay, wait… What’s MySQL??
MySQL is an open source relational database management system, one of the elements behind your WordPress website’s facade (and Facebook, Twitter, and countless other CMS systems) that make it run efficiently.
You do not touch your MySQL because once you mess with it, many things can get irreversibly wrong.
Before you faint, make sure to follow the steps below to back up your database manually:
Click ‘Login’ located next to the name of your WordPress site.
A new window will open – click on’Export’
Step 3: Manually back up your WordPress server files
The reason you should think about manually backing up your server file is because this is the only way to back up your theme, plugins and widgets the way they are. Even if you will be forced to reinstall WordPress manually, you will be able to drop your theme and plugin back in (provided they were not tampered with).
To back up your server files, you need an FTP client. ‘FTP’ stands for File Transfer Protocol and is used for the transfer of computer files between a client and server on a computer network.
The one I use and recommend is Filezilla. Download it here and follow instructions for a standard installation.
As the installation is running, you need to find your FTP/Webserver login details. All World4You customers receive a welcome e-mail with a PDF that includes these details. If you cannot find it:
Note down the (a) server, (b) user and (c) set a new password to access your server.
Now, let’s launch Filezilla. Don’t worry if it looks complex – it’s not!
Input your details into the strip under the menu: your server name is your hostname, then your username and password. Click ‘Quickconnect’.
On the right side, you will see your server file. On the left – your computer. Make sure to navigate to the target file you want your back up to be in the left window – just click on the folder tree until you find the backup folder and access it. When you are sure you are ‘inside’ that folder on the left hand side, move to the next step.
Select all the files on the right (you can do it by selecting one line and then clicking Ctrl + A). Then simply double-click or drag the filer from the right window to the left window. The transfer will take a while. Once finished, your FTP client will automatically disconnect.
Congratulations! You have survived your first complete WordPress backup!
Now repeat it regularly for a healthy & happy WordPress site 🙂
This article contains World4You affiliate links but was not sponsored by World4You. I have been using World4You for a couple of years now and I am confident in recommending their services. They have nifty domain and hosting packages every year so if you are moving for a new hosting company, visit their website!
You need to stop hesitating, postponing, finding excuses and stalling – your small business needs an online presence, no question about it. Right now in 2019, we are facing a period of online reckoning – social media platforms are oversaturated with content, engagement rates for Facebook and Instagram are dropping, pay-to-play options gain on importance, and the online reviews are treated with mistrust.
Yet, despite all of the aforementioned and many more reasons, a small business like yours simply cannot do well without establishing at least a single online touchpoint.
In this article, I am sharing with you the most important reasons why your small business needs an online presence to survive in 2019.
Your website is and will always be the key online presence touchpoint for your small business. It’s a fact and nothing, not even the most beautifully curated Instagram feed will change that. Why? Because your website is owned by you. Short of your hosting provider’s server failure, nothing will take it away from you. And even then, you will have a backup 😉
Your dream business website should be easy to manage and agile, responsive, quick to load, healthy in terms of on-page SEO and look aesthetically aligned with your brand. How do you achieve that?