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How to Make a Copy or Backup of Your WordPress Site

If you run a WordPress blog or website, it is a good idea to make regular backups of your website.  Having backups of your site could save you if your site crashes, allows you to easily move your website to a different domain, or allow your developers to easily test on your site without making any changes to your live site. Use this guide to make a copy or backup of your WordPress site easily!

There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest method is to use a WordPress plugin.  Our favorite is UpdraftPlus, and this guide will go over how to use this plugin!

Follow these 4 simple steps to create copies of your website that you can save to an external site (Google Drive, Dropbox, Flash Drive, etc.) or send to a developer.

Installing the Plugin

1) Install and Activate Updraft Plus from the WordPress store.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Backing up your Site

2) Click on the Backup/Restore in the new Updraft Plus tab in the WordPress top bar.

UpdraftPlus Menu

3) Click “Backup Now”.

Backup Now button

4) You should now see a new Backup in the Existing Backups section with today’s date!

File download for site backups and copy

5) Click on Database, Plugins, Themes, Uploads, or Others to download those files and voila! You have saved copies of your blog.  If you’re interested what is in each of these files, this is a quick summary.

  • Database – the database file includes the basic structure of your site (pages, posts, comments, etc.) but does NOT include your images
  • Plugins – these are all the plugins that you have on your website
  • Themes – your theme files and all the associated files with your theme
  • Uploads – these are the files that you’ve uploaded (most likely images and videos)
  • Others – a catch-all for anything else on your site that was backed up, but doesn’t fit into the other 4 categories

Working with Fetch

6) If you’re working with the Fetch team, and we’ve asked for a copy of your site for troubleshooting purposes, please download the Database, Plugins, and Themes files and send them over to us either through email or on a Google Drive link if the file is too large!


Thanks for reading our guide to making a copy or backup of your WordPress site!  If you are a blogger interested in monetizing your content or working with brands, apply for Fetch today!

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