How to Backup WordPress – use the BackupWordPress Plugin

Backing up your wordpress website is critical – Use this Plugin!

In this How to Backup WordPressarticle we show you how to use this great FREE plugin to back up your wordpress website!

How to Backup WordPress - use the BackupWordpress Plugin

There are no more excuses because backing up your wordpress blog is EASY and FREE when you use the best wordpress backup plugin: Backupwordpress!

Its easy to use, simple to configure and you will have your site backed up in minutes. NO NEED TO MONKEY WITH MYSQL or cpanel or anything!

Note: If you don't know how to install plugins or find any of this confusing, You can Click on this link to read our WordPress how to Beginners manual



How to backup wordpress step by step instructions:

1) Login to your wordpress blog admin panel

2) Half way down the tabs on the left side click on plugins

3) Click on add new

4) In the search field enter Backup wordpress and click on search plugins;

5) You will only get 1 or 2 back. But click on install for the "BackupWordpress" Plugin.

6) Then click on install now that is in the bright red button in the upright hand corner.

7) Then click on activate plugin

8) They hid the configuration for the BackUpWordpress plugin in the Dashboard(usually it would be in Settings) So go to the Dashboard

9) Click on the little arrow at the end of the BackUp WordPress word in the dashboard about halfway down the left side

10) Click on Start By configuring the Options

11) It will suggest a place to store the backups. Click on save to accept it.

12) Then click on continue.

13) This will bring up the main control panel as seen below. You just have to decide how often to run the back up and if you want a copy emailed to you (Not a bad idea). I suggest the full weekly backup. Or daily if you are in the middle of developing your website and changing it alot every day. Click Save for anything that you change.


Configuration options below. For more options, please switch to AdvancedMode » (this is a link you would click on if you wanted to set up advanced options)

Backup WordPress Path

This is where all your backups go (I am using this site as an example. Your results will display your sites name and file path).

/home/your website folder/public_html/



Basic Backup WordPress Scheduling

Do you want BackUpWordPress to be scheduled and run automatically?

Backup Type: Full Backup Weekly: is not activated (you click on the "activate »" link to do this)
Backup Type: SQL Only Backup Daily: is not activated (you click on the "activate »" link to do this)

Mail Setup

Do you want to receive your backups automatically by email?

Mail to: Please seperate multiple email addresses with commas.











Yes, send me my backups


as long as they are smaller than


MB (megabytes)






14) Thats it. Thats how to backup wordpress using the BackupWordpress  plugin! The backups will now run automatically for what ever period you selected! You can click on this link to read our article on the

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Here is a list of the BackUp WordPress plugin features in case you want to know more about How to BackupWordpress with this plugin.



  • Switch between EasyMode and AdvancedMode
  • Database backup as well as directory structure including uploaded files, plugins, etc.
  • Set up Mail notification on new backups
  • Trigger backup manually
  • Set basic schedules for your backups
  • restore backups
  • staggered SQL import when restoring
  • automatically continue unfinished backups in background
  • download backups
  • Help page
  • Language Support for english and german(deutsch)

more option in AdvancedMode:

  • Set and manage custom schedules
  • Check disk space
  • View backup Logs
  • Delete backups manually
  • Manage backup presets
  • Manage exclude-lists for use with these presets

Support Forum

For support questions, please search and post at their Support forum: WordPress Designpraxis Forum


BackUp WordPress utilizes several Open Source Tools

You can click on this link to go to our main web page and read more great articles like this Backing Up WordPress Guide!

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  3. Dan O says:

    Do you know if there are any plugin incompatabilities with BackupWordPress? I've had mixed results with this plugin using both the EasyMode and Advanced Mode, especially now with WP 3.0.

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  6. Rob says:

    Thanks very much for this post. I have been looking for 3 years for a backup like this. I have been using two well known backups, one for DB and the other for media etc. I found this post because I was looking to see good or bad comments about BackUpMyWordpress.
    On the strength of this post, I installed the plugin on a test site and made a manual backup, which I then checked. The DB was restored and all the files are there. I will check the automatic backup tomorrow  and then try some of the advanced settings, probably not to backup daily and keep about 4 last backups. If everything tests Ok, I will post about how good it is.
    Thanks again

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