Blogkeeping // Backing Up Your Blog

Design Darling

Can I tell you a secret? I forget to back up my blog. You probably do too, but the difference between me and you is that I’m constantly telling others to do it (and I feel a little ridiculous considering how easy it is!). So let’s take a few minutes this weekend and back up our blogs, shall we?


  1. Install the BackupWordPress plugin (it’s free!).
  2. Edit the settings under Tools > Backups. I recommend having the backup emailed to you and only storing one backup on the server — it’s better to store your backup on your computer in case something does go wrong with your site, and you don’t want to use up too many resources storing backups on your server.
  3. You can set backups to run automatically, or you can do it manually — once the backup is complete, you can download the file under settings.


  1. To back up your posts, go to Settings > Other, and click on Export Blog.
  2. To back up your design, go to Template, and click on the Backup/Restore button in the upper right corner.

P.S. I’m posting a bonus Blogkeeping tip on my Facebook page later today — be sure to check it out!

Update 4.19.13

The BackupWordPress plugin stores backups on your server, which is against terms of use for some hosts. I’m now using BackWPup, which allows you to send your backups to Dropbox or a number of other storage options instead.

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Hello! I’m Lisa M. Butler, and I offer straightforward web guidance for making it happen online. I got to where I am because of my website, and I want to help you get where you want to be. As a web designer and developer, I’ve guided my clients through the tech-y stuff, step by step. I’m here to share that same advice and guidance with you so you can get your website together and be awesome online.


  1. jenn says:

    Hey! I downloaded this plugin because I was using Updraft Plus to dropbox. But I have the same issue with this one: Where are my blog entries? I see my plugins and template but all I care about is my WRITING! Where do those lovely paragraph files live in the zip file so I feel calm in the event of a crash? thanks!

    Posted on May 18, 2013
    • Hi Jenn! There’s a file in the backup that ends in .sql — that’s your database backup. All posts, comments, and other WordPress settings are stored there. You can also download a backup of your posts and comments under Tools > Export, and choose all content, if you’d like some extra security!

      Posted on May 18, 2013

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