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  • How do I determine which plugins also require a database backup? Today I am updating a number of plugins. I’ve been backing up the mysql before any updates, and then after each plugin update. Is this always necessary?

    I know that I also need to backup my wp-content folder to secure the backups of my plugins, but I have no clue how that ties into – or not – with the mysql db.

    Any help clarifying this will be greatly appreciated.


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  • This depends more on ‘how’ your are backing up your db. Please explain.

    I export the whole mysite.sql file. I.E., I download the whole mysite.sql file from my hosting service to my own system.

    Then the file will contain any tables created by plugins and themes. If you then move or re-install WP, have the same files in place (your current full files backup).

    If you used the WordPress export tool, you will have posts, pages, custom post types, comments, custom fields, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, and users in this file.

    Both methods work fine when done properly, the latter requires re-install and re-config of plugins and theme.

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