Backing Up Your Blog – An Essential Plugin

Author Jason Berman    Category RE Blog Tips     Tags , ,

There are two kinds of people in the world – those who have had a hard drive failure, and those who will.

Let’s face it, backing up is a boring task. Often ignored until too late, it’s easy to delay figuring out a system to makes it happen simply and automatically. Naturally, this extends to all areas of computing including the blog. However, not backing up the content on your website is asking for trouble down the road. Backing up your stuff is a good habit to develop.

There are plugins for WordPress that can handle this task and make your life easier. Some plugins add value by aesthetically enhancing your site, others add functionality. But none are more important than the behind-the-scenes backup plugin.

We strongly recommend installing WordPress Database Backup on your blog. Thanks to WordPress’s built-in cron, this popular plugin allows users to schedule automatic database backups. The plugin creates backups of your core WordPress tables as well as other tables of your choice in the same database.

Here’s the really nice feature of this plugin. Once you install it you can set it up to send you an email daily or weekly with your WP database backup attached. In Gmail, I have a filter that dumps the backups into a folder. This keeps the emails out of my Inbox and makes them easy to find if and when I need them.

REBlogWorld 2010 has a session this year on plugins. Ricardo Bueno & Stacey Harmon are teaming up to show you the best-of-the-best; what the real innovators in Real Estate blogging are doing to show off their creative skills & style.

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2 Comments to “Backing Up Your Blog – An Essential Plugin”

  • Carmen Brodeur | Desert Mountain Homes January 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. I have never set up a back up plan and don’t want to be left empty handed if my blog ever crashes.

  • Jason Berman January 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the comment Carmen. It’s true, backing up is one of those things that one doesn’t really think about too much. I must admit, I didn’t think about it much until this last year. Good luck with the plugin and give us a holler if you have any questions.