There are a couple of ways to handle backing up and restoring a WordPress Website. Hosting providers usually provide backup services. You can use a free or paid plugin, and you can backup and restore your site manually.
Let’s backup a site for free with UpdraftPlus
Step 1. install and Activate UpdraftPlus
In your dashboard, hover over plugins, then “Add New”
In the search field type “updraftPlus”, then in the list of plugins, “UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin” should be at the top. Click “Install” and then “activate”
2. Visit the settings page.
It should then navigate you to the installed plugins page. If not, you can get there from the sidebar by clicking “Plugins” then “Installed Plugins”. Then we’ll want to enter the UpdraftPlus Settings page
Congrats! Your WordPress Website is backed up!
Now we are ready for when something breaks. Hopefully you’ve backed up your site BEFORE something has gone horribly wrong.
Oh No! Something broke. Let’s restore our website!
You will only be able to restore a website to its most recent backup, which is why it’s nice to have a premium plugin or quality hosting so they can automatically backup your website on a schedule.
If you want to restore your website from a backup on the same domain, you’ll need to get into a working WordPress dashboard and install UpDraftPlus. You can start from your broken WordPress site, or you can wipe the entire website and start fresh. Either way, get to a place where you have UpDraftPlus installed and active. Then click into the UpDraftPlus “settings” like we did earlier.
Depending on your situation you may have one or two options:
If you need to upload the files, click the “Upload Backup Files” link.
Then click Restore!
Now try to log in, or view the site. You should be able to log in with the user and password that existed in the backed up version of the site.
Ahh yes. My Dog Blog is back in business!