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How to Upgrade Your WordPress Website – A Best Practices Demonstration – Part 5 – Create a Backup of Your Customization Files

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This is fifth part of How to Upgrade Your WordPress Website – A Best Practices Demonstration Tutorial Series. In this session, we show how to backup your Thesis theme customization file. We do that by downloading the Thesis All Options customization and download the export file to backup all your post, pages, comments, custom fields etc.

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Okay so the next thing then is to make the… so that was the… I’m sorry. That was the… first, the automatic done using Backup Buddy. Secondly, the manual backup and now we’re going to do the 3rd part of the progression which is customizing… backing up the customization files. And we’ll start that by downloading Thesis Options, come back over to… let’s see, where is the site. Back over to the site and Thesis Manage Options and all you have to do here is go to All Options and download. Okay, that’s all there is to it. I’ve downloaded my Thesis All Options.

The next thing to do is to export my site. This is if everything fails essentially. The backups fail and my database fails but I still want to be able to recover all of my posts and categories and pages and images and all that kind of stuff. I can export my site and I’m going to do that over here under Settings… oh no, it’s not Settings. It’s Tools and Export. And I’m just going to go ahead and export all content and I’m going to say download export file. So what it’s going to do is it’s goig to create that export file and it has created it and placed it here on my computer. So now that’s done as well.

Okay so then the next thing is to download my wp content using an ftp client. So we’ll open up Filezilla which is the ftp client that I teach and let’s go to the correct site which in this case is laurraine.byobtutorial. And what we’re going to do is just select wp content and say download. And what it’s going to do is take everything that’s in… well, it’s going to ask me if I want to replace. I’m definitely going to replace everything. And what it’s going to do now is it’s got a 150 more files left to download and as soon as it has all those files downloaded, we will have a complete copy on my local computer of my wp content folder inside my WordPress install. Take just a moment just do that. So far so good, kind of uneventful. No big deal.

Okay I think this is probably… this is up and going. It’s done so now I’ve made that backup. And so the final thing to do is go take all of those backup files and stick them in one place. Do it right now, don’t wait until disaster strikes. I can tell you that every time I’ve helped a member recover from a disaster like this, their backup files are spread all over their computer. They don’t remember which one is which or where it’s located. They only way to beat that is to decide exactly where you want them to be located and to place them there right now which is what we’re going to do.

So I’m going to go over to websites and BYOB website and tutorial sites and laurraine. Where did you go, Laurraine? Wrong directory. Tutorial sites and laurraine. I’m going to just create a new directory here called backups, open that up. You’re going to be really tempted just to ignore this part. Please don’t ignore it. I can tell you from long history that this is going to be an issue if you ignore it.

And then let’s see, I think I’m going to do it by date is that is the laurraine, the all options, the SQL, the backup and oh yeah, no that’s actually… no that’s not it. Okay, laurraine. Okay so those are the backup files and I’m just going to cut them from here and paste them there. And now, if have a problem, I know exactly these filres are and I can go back and find them.

The next person who calls me and says, “Oh my God, I’m having a horrible emergency, I need you to help me restore my site.” They’re going to say, “I know, I know. I was supposed to put these where there were supposed to go but I didn’t and now I can’t find my backups.” Don’t be that person.

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