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  • WordPress Backups explains about backing up both your files and your database.

    it doesn’t explain how to backup your files.

    there are: database (explained)
    files (not explained)

    Here is supposed to be explained how to backup files:

    it again is subdivided in “database” and “files”, explains the backup of database but not files. I managed to backup database. Backup of files is not explained.

    sorry, not well explained.
    I wish each of these methods was explained in as much detail as “backup database” with individual steps and pics:

    Website Host Provided Backup Software
    Most website hosts provide software to back up your site. Check with your host to find out what services and programs they provide.

    Create Sync With Your Site
    2Bright Sparks’s Syncback and WinSCP are programs which allow you to sync with your website to keep a mirror copy of the content on your server and hard drive updated. It saves time and makes sure you have the latest files in both places.

    Copy Your Files to Your Desktop
    Using FTP Clients or UNIX Shell Skills you can copy the files to a folder on your computer. Once there, you can zip or compress them into a zip file to save space, allowing you to keep several versions.



    Forum Janitor

    If you feel that the codex is lacking you are able to log in there and edit the documents as you wish to improve things.

    For instance: Copy Your Files to Your Desktop

    what are those files and where are they on the server?

    mrmist, thanks for your reply. Right, I’ll consider that as soon as I have found out how to do it myself. How can I explain it to someone if I don’t know how to do it myself?

    See if the following helps. It’s a video on upgrading, but I show you how to backup first.

    How to Upgrade WordPress 2.7



    Forum Janitor

    Hmm yes I misunderstood your position.

    The problem with a lot of that is that it’s very dependant on your individual hosting and the setup you have on your computer.

    Website Host Provided Backup Software

    This depends entirely on who provides your hosting. You would have to check with your hosting provider to see if they offer a backup service for your web sites.

    Create Sync With Your Site

    I’m not familiar with 2Bright Sparks’s Syncback. In WinScp you can

    Log in to your ftp server.
    Press the “Synchronize” button.

    Remote directory will automatically be set to the current ftp directory (often your root directory).
    Local directory would be set to the local directory as it was when you pressed Synchronize. You may want to change this to some other directory on your computer.

    Direction should be set to “local” to copy files FROM your web host TO your machine.

    Synchronization Mode would be set to Synchronize files.

    Clicking “OK” will show a summary of actions, click “OK” again to complete the synchronization.


    Copy Your Files to Your Desktop

    This is much the same as synchronizing, except that you manually copy the files from each of your ftp directories back to your computer.

    Normally, there would be no need to copy the WordPress core files, as you can replace them from a fresh download of WordPress. The important files to back up in this event would be your wp-config.php file, which contains your settings and your wp-content directory (plus its contents) which contains all your theme and plugin files.

    Maybe I’ll stick this in the Codex…

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