When You Want to Use a Manual Backup
The next thing we’re going to do is perform a manual backup. Now if you follow my recommendations on updating and upgrading your site and plugins, I recommend that you always do a manual backup immediately before you upgrade something significant and then immediately after you do something significant as well as have your automatic backups going.
And the truth is, more often than not, when you have to restore your website, it’s because something went wrong in an update that you did. And if you have backed up your site, I mean a day before then that backup is sitting right there on your server. In my experience, most often when I have to recover a site, I’ve got the backup system just sitting right there and I don’t have to go to a remote location to get it.
How to do the Manual Backup
I’m going to show you how to do the manual backup and it’s slam dunk simple, right? You go over here to backup in the menu and then you come over and click complete backup. And that’s all you have to do. So our backup file size is now 47 MB. We have this backup sitting here now.
And with this backup, you can go ahead and download the file. You could send the file to one of your remote locations. You can click note and add a note to it so that you know what this backup is which can be useful. And the get hash is something that you’re really going to have to deal with if you have a big problem.
Helen asks, “How often does something go wrong?” Well you know, I don’t know. I’ve had to recover from errors on BYOB Website by restoring a backup twice. BYOB Website’s a very complex site and there are all kinds of things that can go wrong and sometimes do go wrong.
For the majority of my sites, I’ve only had to restore other busy important sites a couple of times. So you don’t have to do it very often. But when you do have to do it, it better be easy. And the more complex your site is, the more likely something is to go wrong in an upgrade and it’s just a fact of life at least at this point in the WordPress lifecycle.
And that completes doing a manual backup.