Backups Are Important
You should backup your site periodically. It’s important in case you ever get hacked or, well, you mess something up and need to fix your site. We find that many of our clients are on SiteGround (that’s an affiliate link. We enjoy working with them and are appreciative if you decide to use it) and so we put this tutorial together to help them back up their site. In a perfect world, you’re doing offsite backups, but we know that many people don’t. If you’re going to we find that Updraft Plus is a great solution. We don’t have any relationship with them, we just enjoy the product. Sometimes, it’s good to have a backup on your hosting. Here is how you make a backup on Siteground of your site.
Just like any computer, servers that run WordPress can crash. Overall, they are pretty reliable, but you want to be careful about betting your data, business and all your hard work on that. This is especially true when it’s so easy to make backups of your site and save them in case you ever need them because of a server crash or hacking.
SiteGround actually makes it pretty easy to backup. When you’re logged in, on the top bar, select “Websites”.
Then, on the next page, click on Site Tools for your site. Expand the Security tab on the left sidebar. Click on backups. From that page, you can create a new backup. Just type a name in the box and press create. You can save up to five backups. Below that is a section where you can restore a backup or delete a backup. Next to the backup name, just select the three dots on the right and the action that you want to take. You should see one or more backups there already. SiteGround does regular backups without you asking.
There ya go, now you have a backup of your site. It’s stored on the server, so is good for a crash, bad update, or user induced problem (a fancy term for oops). It may not help if you get hacked or if there is a problem with the server (don’t ask how we know.)
Backups on Siteground
This will let you create on-demand backups on Siteground. You can automate the backup process using a plugin like Updraft Plus. The Siteground solution is a great solution for having backups outside of WordPress. That way, if you have a problem with the WordPress installation, you can still easily restore your backup on Siteground.