In this article, I’ll give you the steps you need to take to backup your WordPress site manually without imploring the help of any WordPress Plugin.
The methods that I’ll teach you in this article can be used if you’re moving to a new hosting provider or just want to store your files to prevent data loss due to hackers or a faulty plugin.
This tutorial is divided into 2 parts, first, we’ll backup the Website’s files and then back up the database.
Backing Up The Website Files
To back up your WordPress Website files, all you need to do is log in to your cPanel account.
Am hosting my site on Bluehost, because it’s the best hosting currently. (Stats do not lie, 99.9% uptime).
Once you’re logged in to your hosting cPanel account, click on File Manager, then you’ll see a folder named Public_html, which is the folder that houses every file which your WordPress Website uses to work.
You should open the public_html folder, then click on ‘select all’ to select everything inside the folder, then click on Compress located on the top bar.
Select the file format which you want the cPanel to compress your file into, make sure you select ZIP, then click on Compress and wait, this might take a couple of minutes depending on the size of your website.
When it’s done compressing, it’ll assume the name of any file it pleases, right-click on the compressed file just created and rename it to something like Backup, then download the file.
With that, you’ve successfully backed up your WordPress Website Files, the next is the database.
Backing up your Database
So, to back up your WordPress Database, you have to head back to your cPanel Dashboard and then scroll down and click on PHPMyAdmin.
Remember that my site is being hosted in Bluehost and the location may be different for different hosting platforms.
Open PHPMyAdmin and then you’ll see the various databases on your site (if you have several sites on the same hosting account), if only one site is tied to your hosting account, then you’ll only see one database.
Make sure your WordPress Database is selected (for those of us that run multiple websites), then click on Export on the Top Bar, and then change the format to SQL if it isn’t automatically done before clicking on Go.
Wait for the SQL Database file to download and once it’s done, you’ve successfully backed up your WordPress Website manually without the help of any backup plugins.
Conclusion on How to Backup WordPress Site Manually
In less than 5 minutes, you should be able to fully back up your WordPress site manually if you follow the steps in this article to the latter.
If you have any questions on how to backup your WordPress Website, don’t hessitate to ask us in the comments and we’ll get back to you.