Creating a one time backup

1. Introduction

Everyone knows backups are critical to successfully managing your website, especially during development or changes. Here we’ll walk through the steps top create a one time backup. 

One time backups are a great tool to keep your site safe before you make any major changes. 

Ongoing/scheduled backups should be a part of your effort to maintain your site as well. 

There are 2 ways to approach a one time backup. 1. Through the Plesk backup tool and 2. through the WP Toolkit backup option.

Lets look at how to backup through the WordPress toolkit.

 

2. WordPress Toolkit one time backup

Simply select “WordPress” from the left side navigation menu and then select “Backup/Restore”

For a one time backup just click Backup on the next screen. 

Once completed you’ll see your backup file and you can easily restore or download the backup file. 

3. Create one time backup with Plesk backup tool

Backups can be created through Plesk’s backup tool as well. If you are not using WordPress this will be the only option available to you to perform backups for your site.

First lets find the backup tool. From the left side navigation select “websites and domains” and then on the right side menu select “backup & restore”

You’ll then be taken to the backup manager screen.

 

From here simply select “backup”

Then select the options for your one time backup.

Make sure that “User Files and databases” is checked, as this is your most critical data. This will include your wordpress files as well as your wordpress database.

It’s not necessary to backup log files in order for your website to function should you need to restore. But the log files will contain historical data for website access etc. 

One reason to not include logs in backups is that backups are also considered when calculating your disk usage in regards to you quotas in your hosting plan. More backups will result in more disk space usage.

4. Restore from Backup

See our article on performing restores here

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