Make a Backup

If you are about to write a post or make a change to the content such as editing a post, then it is advisable to make a backup before and after you've done so.

Backups are also your first line of rescue should your website be hacked, or become corrupted in the event of a server crash.

Backupbuddy

BackupBuddy is the backup software I install on the websites I build.

Although BackupBuddy can do a lot more than its name suggests, backing up is what we will cover here.

Make a backup

To launch the page builder

  1. On the front end (not the dashboard), go to the page you want to add-to or edit eg. mywebsite.com/about
  2. Click the Page Builder item in the WordPress admin bar at the top.

The Beaver Builder Page Builder will load so you can begin editing content on the front end of your website.

Other ways of launching the page builder

  1. Go to the WordPress dashboard
  2. Go to Pages or Posts in the sidebar
  3. Hover over the page name, and click Page Builder

If you are on the Edit screen to change the title, date, featured image etc of a Page or Post, there will be a Page Builder button where the content area normally is, or a Page Builder tab next to a Text Editor tab at the top of the post. You can launch the page buider from there.

In the WordPress dashboard / backend, find and click on BackupBuddy's sidebar item, usually near the bottom /end of the sidebar.

You will arrive on the BackupBuddy dashboard page.

In most cases a simple database backup is sufficient. This will back up text content, including references to new pictures, but not the pictures themselves.

If you've been adding pictures, or if you've installed plugins or any other kind of file then do a Complete Backup.


Automatic Backups

Additionally, it is recommended to set up an automatic backup schedule. In some cases this will be set up for you as part of the finishing touches I apply to websites, along with the security software I install at the end.

Should you wish to check if a schedule is in place, or modify an existing schedule, access the BackupBuddy schedules via the sidebar.

How often to set a schedule will depend entirely on how often you modify your website. If you make changes every day, then a daily database backup, and a weekly full backup should cover your needs.

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