Setting Up Automatic Database Backups


Your blog’s database is where all of your posts, comments, and design settings are stored. But NOT your images, galleries, plugins and themes.

As the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog, you and you alone are completely responsible for keeping a recent backup of your blog’s database at all times. If there is a server failure, WordPress upgrade problem, or you make a mistake, having a backup is the only way to ensure that you don’t lose any data.

Luckily, there is a very easy-to-use WordPress plugin that can automatically backup your database for you on a regular schedule.

Because of how critical backups are, and how easy it is to set up this plugin, we decided to nag you if you don’t have this plugin installed:

Why nag? Because we love.

Why nag? Because we love.

To remove that nag (and, more importantly, protect your blog’s data), just install the plugin we recommend by following these steps:

Installing the WP-DB-Backup Plugin:

To install the “WP-DB-Backup” by Austin Matzko plugin to backup up your database, follow these simple steps:

Install from the Add Plugins area

First, go to “Plugins > Add New” in the left sidebar of your main WordPress admin area. Then, in the search bar, type in “WP-DB-Backup” and press return to search. (if you do not see the plugin by Austin Matzko, follow the steps below)

plugin-search-backup

The correct plugin should be right at the top – make sure it is created by Austin Matzko and click the install now button.

plugin-wp-db-backup

NOTE: If your screen tells you that it is already installed, be sure that the plugin is activated in your “Plugins > Installed Plugins” screen in WordPress.

Confirm the plugin installation when you see a popup, and after installation is complete click the Activate Plugin link.

 

plugin-activate-link

Once the plugin is active, you’ll need to configure the plugin, so click on “Tools > Backup” in WordPress.

tools-backupThere you will find options to create immediate or automated backups. We suggest enabling a Scheduled Backup so that you receive regular emails with your database zip file backup attached for safe keeping.

If you’re trying to follow these directions and it’s not working — maybe it can’t download the zip, or is asking for your host, username, and password — then you can always install it manually. Just download the plugin from the author’s website and then click on the button below for instructions on how to manually install the plugin instead.

 

Automating the backup procedure

To set up an automated, regular, scheduled backup of your blog’s database, just go to the plugin’s admin page (“Tools” => “Backup”) and enter your Email address and pick a scheduling interval.

schedule-backup

The Easy Way Out

If you use a different plugin or method of backing up your database, and want to remove the big red nag, you can also disable it by going to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Advanced” > “Custom Code” and entering the following bit of code somewhere in the “Custom CSS” section:

/* backup-nag-off */


Your blog’s database is where all of your posts, comments, and design settings are stored.

As the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog, you and you alone are completely responsible for keeping a recent backup of your blog’s database at all times. If there is a server failure, WordPress upgrade problem, or you make a mistake, having a backup is the only way to ensure that you don’t lose any data.

Luckily, there is a very easy-to-use WordPress plugin that can automatically backup your database for you on a regular schedule.

Because of how critical backups are, and how easy it is to set up this plugin, we decided to nag you if you don’t have this plugin installed:

 

Why nag?  Because we love.

Why nag? Because we love.

To remove that nag (and, more importantly, protect your blog’s data), just install the plugin we recommend by following these steps:

Installing the WP-DB-Backup Plugin:

To install the “WP-DB-Backup” by Austin Matzko plugin to backup up your database, follow these simple steps:

Install from the Add Plugins area

First, go to “Plugins > Add New” in the left sidebar of your main WordPress admin area. Then, in the search bar, type in “WP-DB-Backup” and press return to search. (if you do not see the plugin by Austin Matzko, follow the steps below)

plugin-search-backup

The correct plugin should be right at the top – make sure it is created by Austin Matzko and click the install now button.

plugin-wp-db-backup

NOTE: If your screen tells you that it is already installed, be sure that the plugin is activated in your “Plugins > Installed Plugins” screen in WordPress.

Confirm the plugin installation when you see a popup, and after installation is complete click the Activate Plugin link.

 

plugin-activate-link

Once the plugin is active, you’ll need to configure the plugin, so click on “Tools > Backup” in WordPress.

tools-backupThere you will find options to create immediate or automated backups. We suggest enabling a Scheduled Backup so that you receive regular emails with your database zip file backup attached for safe keeping.

If you’re trying to follow these directions and it’s not working — maybe it can’t download the zip, or is asking for your host, username, and password — then you can always install it manually. Just download the plugin from the author’s website and then click on the button below for instructions on how to manually install the plugin instead.

 

Automating the backup procedure

To set up an automated, regular, scheduled backup of your blog’s database, just go to the plugin’s admin page (“Tools” => “Backup”) and enter your Email address and pick a scheduling interval.

schedule-backup

The Easy Way Out

If you use a different plugin or method of backing up your database, and want to remove the big red nag, you can also disable it by going to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Advanced” > “Custom Code” and entering the following bit of code somewhere in the “Custom CSS” section:

/* backup-nag-off */

Your blog’s database is where all of your posts, comments, and settings are stored.

As the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog, you and you alone are completely responsible for keeping a recent backup of your blog’s database at all times. If there is a server failure, WordPress upgrade problem, or you make a mistake, having a backup is the only way to ensure that you don’t lose any data.

Luckily, there is a very easy-to-use WordPress plugin that can automatically backup your database for you on a regular schedule.

Because of how critical backups are, and how easy it is to set up this plugin, we decided to nag you if you don’t have this plugin installed:

We nag. Why? Because we love.

To remove that nag (and, more importantly, protect your blog’s data), just install the plugin we recommend by following these steps:

Installing the WP-DB-Backup Plugin:

To install the “WP-DB-Backup” by Austin Matzko plugin to backup up your database, follow these simple steps:

Install from the Add Plugins area

First, go to “Plugins > Add New” in the left sidebar of your main WordPress admin area. Then, in the search bar, type in “WP-DB-Backup” and press return to search. (if you do not see the plugin by Austin Matzko, follow the steps below)

plugin-search-backup

The correct plugin should be right at the top – make sure it is created by Austin Matzko and click the install now button.

plugin-wp-db-backup

NOTE: If your screen tells you that it is already installed, be sure that the plugin is activated in your “Plugins > Installed Plugins” screen in WordPress.

Confirm the plugin installation when you see a popup, and after installation is complete click the Activate Plugin link.

 

plugin-activate-link

Once the plugin is active, you’ll need to configure the plugin, so click on “Tools > Backup” in WordPress.

tools-backupThere you will find options to create immediate or automated backups. We suggest enabling a Scheduled Backup so that you receive regular emails with your database zip file backup attached for safe keeping.

If you’re trying to follow these directions and it’s not working — maybe it can’t download the zip, or is asking for your host, username, and password — then you can always install it manually. Just download the plugin from the author’s website and then click on the button below for instructions on how to manually install the plugin instead.

 

Automating the backup procedure

To set up an automated, regular, scheduled backup of your blog’s database, just go to the plugin’s admin page (“Tools” => “Backup”) and enter your Email address and pick a scheduling interval.

schedule-backup

The Easy Way Out

If you use a different plugin or method of backing up your database, and want to remove the big red nag, you can also disable it by going to “Appearance” => “P3 Customize” => “Settings” => “Advanced” and entering the following bit of code somewhere in the “Custom CSS” section:

/* backup-nag-off */

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