How can I back up my WP site to a flash drive? (5 posts)

  1. tommcdonald
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What is my best way to back up my entire site to a flash drive?

    The more I research this (through my host), the more complicated it becomes.

    Is there an easy way?

    Please advise.

  2. Shekhar
    Posted 3 years ago #

    First download your database.sql from phpmyadmin using export

    * login to your file manager
    * then go to public_html
    * Select all and compress entire files on zip archieve
    * Download the zip file

    Then backup both files eg:
    1. yourdatabase.sql
    2. yourwebsite.zip

    to a flash drive.

  3. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Are you looking to actually have your site functional from the thumbdrive...? Or just want to backup the files and content?

    @Shekhar's technique is exactly right for backing everything up. Having a functional site would be a bit more involved

  4. tommcdonald
    Posted 3 years ago #


    The goal is to back up the entire site, so if it crashed, I am able to easily download the saved data from the flashdrive and restore my entire website (data plugins, whole shebang)to its original glory

    I am not familiar with the additional advantages/additional efforts in having the site functional from the thumbdrive

    Could you elaborate please?

    Thanks, Again, Tom

  5. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    There are really no advantages! I was just wondering if that's the goal. It would be a bit of a pain really.

    To just back up everything, do as @Shekhar suggested

    Really, you only need to save the wp-content folder using ftp, that is where themes, uploads, images, plugins live. everything else is a standard WP install, and can always be downloaded from WP again.

    And, the mysql export file through phpmyadmin holds all your content

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