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  1. natewptan
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi everyone, I’m in the process of setting up a WordPress blog (v2.9.2) and much has been said about the security of WordPress, which can be most overwhelming for me as I'm only a blogger; not a programmer.

    Hence, I’d be eternally grateful if you could kindly point out to me what are some of the up-to-date plugins I could use, where I could not only backup my database and also my blog contents automatically. It’d be best also if you know of any plugins that could send the backed-up files periodically to my email.

    Also, as I'm starting fresh, using below as a process, could you also kindly advise what other steps I should include, so that I could stay secured.

    1. Install WordPress and choose a solid password and username
    2. Install plugin and create automated backups of database and blog contents sent to email
    3. Make sure the copies of backup are saved in different platforms
    4. Change my table prefixes to other than “wp_”
    5. Make sure that my WordPress version, themes and plugins are up-to-date.
    6. Create .htaccess file and put index.html

    Please let me know if I left out any important steps that I ought to take.

    Thank you so much for reading. Looking forward to your kind reply.

  2. alism
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Have a read of this too - lots of tips:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress
    I would strongly recommend securing the /wp-admin/ with a password.

    There's a database backup plugin here that I've used too:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/

  3. natewptan
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi alism, thanks for your tips. Besides the great plugin you recommended for database, do you have any recommendation for a plugin that helps backup the blog contents too, i.e. themes, plugin, images etc?

  4. batrachoid
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Those can all be downloaded easily via FTP.

  5. LostInNetwork
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    "themes, plugin, images etc?"

    Oh, that's called WinScp :D

    Yes, I actually tried it. Several times. It works.

    Just define an scp connection to your webhotel, and with a few clicks you are copying your home directory to your local drive. Themes, images, everything. Except for the database. But the database arrives in mail and the database backup files are also in some directory there... At least the wp-dbbackup plugin that I use, creates local backups in addition to the email.

    Restore: Install new WP, configure a bit, dump files (themes, images, all of it) back with WinSCP. Also the emailed backup file is there as a local copy to the server. Log in, admin, restore database. Happy.

    This is a manual procedure, but usually not needed that often.

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