Build Your Own Business Website header image

Lesson 14 – WordPress Administrative Tasks

Difficulty Level -

Filed Under Topics - , ,

Listed Under Lesson Subjects - , ,

Applies to - ,

In lesson 14 of our Build a Responsive Professional Website using Thesis Theme 2, we cover all things related to backing up your site and the upgrade process. We begin with a discussion of backup basics so you understand where information is stored and what and when you should backup your WordPress site. We show you where to find your sites files and database. Then we move on to 2 ways of backing up your site and that is manual and automatic backups.

The final part of the lesson is focused on how to upgrade your Plugins and upgrading WordPress. This includes our recommendations for a worry free upgrade procedure.

WordPress Backup Basics

  • Where WordPress Stores Information
    • Database
      • All pages, posts
      • addresses of all images
      • All plugin and theme options
      • All WordPress settings
    • Files
      • Plugin files
      • Theme files
      • Customization Files
      • Uploads (media library & plugin uploads)
      • Upgrade files
  • Where Thesis 2 Stores Information
    • Database
      • Theme settings
      • Skin data
    • Files
      • Theme files
      • Skin, box & package files
      • Skin images
  • What to Backup?
    • Short Answer – Everything
      • Database
      • All site files
    • Long Answer – at a minimum
      • Database
      • Tesis 2 skin
      • Thesis 2 skin data
      • WordPress “content”
  • When to Backup?
    • Automatically
      • On a schedule
    • Manually
      • Before any significant upgrade
      • After all upgrades are completed
  • How I backup BYOBWebsite
    • Automatic backups
    • Manual full backups
    • Manual database backups
    • Occasional creation of a local copy
    • Test it occasionally

How to Find your Site’s Files and Database

  • Find your files in C-Panel
    • if you only have one website/ one domain
      • Your primary domain is the root of your site
    • if you have multiple websites/domains
      • Your primary domain is the root of your site
      • Other domains are folders inside of the root
  • WordPress File Structure 
  • Thesis File Structure
    • wp-content/themes/thesis
    • wp-content/thesis/
  • Find your database in phpMyAdmin

How to Backup your Site Manually

  • A belt and suspenders approach – multiple independent redundant backups
  • Level 1 – Backup everything together
    • the whole database
    • all the site files
    • download and save
  • Level 2 – Backup Customization Files and Uploads
    • wp-content/thesis/
    • Thesis 2 skin data
    • wp-content/uploads
    • other plugin specific wp-content folders
  • Level 3 – Backup easily imported settings and content
    • Thesis 2 skin data
    • WordPress export
  • Store it all in a safe place

How to Backup your Site Automatically

  • Pick the right plugin
  • Criteria
    • Automatic
    • Selective
    • Sends backups to remote storage
  • Options
    • Backupbuddy
    • BackWPup
  • Configure BackWPup
    • Schedule backups
    • Perform Repair
    • File Permissions
    • Backup Folder
    • Timezone
    • Maximum backups
    • Date Stamp
    • Database Tables
    • Alternate method
    • Excluded folders
    • Configure Dropbox
  • Download the backup
  • View the backup contents

How to Upgrade Plugins

  • When in doubt, back it up first
  • Use the automatic upgrade
  • Do a Manual Upgrade
    • deactivate the plugin
    • upload new files via filezilla
    • reactivate

How to Upgrade WordPress

  • Backup Everything
  • Deactivate plugins
  • Auto Upgrade
  • Reactivate plugins

Question and Answer

Save $200 on Membership Now!

Start learning today for as little as
$0.82 PER DAY!
THIS IS A LIMITED TIME OFFER!
Subscription Options
0 Comments… add one
0 comments… add one

Leave a Comment