How can I back up my site without using plugins? (4 posts)

  1. CupcakeTrap
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I use WordPress through the web interface. (I tried to figure out how to port it to my own server, but couldn't. At any rate, the web interface works pretty well for me.) As a result, I can't use plugins, including automated back-up plugins.

    I have a LOT of original content up on my site, and would go absolutely insane if I lost it. How can I back it up? I've read the how-to guides, but they all seem to presume a level of server access that I don't seem to have.

  2. EMG
    Forum Volunteer
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi there!

    I'm a little confused with what you said so please bear with me.

    From the sound of what you said in your post - re: web interface, it sounds like you might have a WordPress.com account or a WordPress website hosted somewhere similar to how WordPress.com works.

    What is your website address?

    Are you on WordPress.com by any chance?

    This support forum where you are posting at is for self-hosted (meaning, the WordPress websites are hosted on a server that people who are requesting support have access to... for example, I own WordPress websites on my own server space) WordPress sites.

    That aside, it generally is possible to back up the CONTENTS of your WordPress website regardless of where it is hosted.

    If you look in your Admin panel and click on the Tools, there is an Export link. If you click that, it will open a page that gives options for backing up your site's contents.

    This file can be imported into a new WordPress website (or other website using a content management system compatible with WordPress data importing).

    It is NOT meant to serve as a full and complete backup, but it will help you to collect and export your website content into an importable file.

  3. cubecolour
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If site listed in your profile is hosted on WordPress.com

    The WordPress.org forums support self-hosted WordPress only. WordPress.com support is http://en.support.wordpress.com

  4. CupcakeTrap
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Oh! Thank you. I hadn't realized this was only for self-hosted sites.

    I found the Export option and used that. It seems to have at least backed up all the site text, which is the most important thing. Thank you! I'll follow up through the wordpress.com support site.

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