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Prevent Blog Calamities with WP DB Backup

If you’ve not experienced a corrupted blog or having your blog data wiped out, or even worse, hijacked, consider yourself lucky.

With WordPress evolving fast and furiously since 2.1.x, the number of improvements to the user interface, processing, and bug rectification has made WordPress the preeminent blogging platform in my opinion.

However, with the release of WordPress 2.1 onwards, you may have noticed that the “Backup” function might’ve been missing from the “Manage” tab.

According to Austin Matzko’s blog “The lead developers decided to un-bundle it (the WordPress Database Backup Plugin) from WordPress starting with version 2.1″, which is a pity because the latest version includes the ability to schedule backups using the CRON function.

If you’re an adventurous blogger, constantly experimenting with plugins (and possibly corrupting your blog in the process), or want to provide an easy restoration in the event of “blog malfunction”, be sure to install Austin’s WordPress Database Backup plugin.

Adsense publishers should also check out Austin’s WordPress plugins page, which includes the Google Adsense Section Targeting plugin.

6 comments on Prevent Blog Calamities with WP DB Backup

  1. Alvin Phang
    March 21, 2007 at 12:46 pm (4447 days ago)

    you can also… go to your http://(yourdomain).com/cpanel to do a backup.. which does a full server backup for all your websites in your server =)

  2. Andrew Wee
    March 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm (4447 days ago)

    Alvin,
    You probably meant to direct readers to http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups

    Although after looking at how you have to get into the guts of your hosting account, playing around with the mySQL and phpMyAdmin panel, it’s very much in the vein of doing things the hard way.

    Why not install the plugin and do things the easy way?

    Especially when you can schedule backups?

  3. Zoe
    March 22, 2007 at 7:30 am (4447 days ago)

    What about resintalling the backup? How, once blog is lost, do you use this backup?

  4. Ryan Pham
    March 22, 2007 at 1:43 pm (4446 days ago)

    I should check this plugin out. Normally I would just backup the whole sql file. But one problem with that is if you upgrade your wp blog it could get rather hairy.

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