So as I thought of the things that scared me this Halloween the idea of losing data came to my mind. Those beloved ones and zeroes arranged ever so eloquently to form the digital pictures, songs, or in this case websites.
Modern websites are almost all database driven. Why is that? Using databases we can store the contents, settings, and other data in one convenient spot. Then popular Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal access this data and present it to your websites visitors in a nice format.
What is not so obvious to non-technical folks though is how to backup their website. In the old days, you would just copy the files via FTP and store them away on your floppy disk for safe keeping. I did say old days right?…
Well, with Content Management Systems all of the content for your website doesn’t live in the files. It lives in the database. The files are easier to replace, but the content. Well losing the content could wipe out years worth of work. Therefore you have to backup not only the files, but the database and all of the content in it as well.
The myRepono.com WordPress Backup Service
In this tutorial, we’re going to cover how to make your WordPress backups less frightful and your restores more delightful. More specificially, we’re going to cover how to automate your WordPress backup using the myRepono plugin and the very affordable myRepono.com service. It should be mentioned that MyRepono isnt’ just a one trick pony. Their service can backup files and databases through all sorts of methods and APIs. However, we’re just going to cover the WordPress plugin.
So why do we like myRepono? MyRepono is an easy to use WordPress backup service for everyone. You don’t have to know where your files or directories are. MyRepono makes backing up your website to the cloud as easy as 1-2-3. The best part though is that it’s very inexpensive.
Installation and Configuration
- As with all plugins, before proceeding backup your website and database through your hosting control panel or other trusted method. If you’re not sure how to do this please contact us or another web development company that can help you.
- Go to myRepono.com and signup for an account. Currently the first $5 are free and the rest of the charges depend on your needs.
- Make sure and validate your new myRepono.com account via the link you received via email.
- Follow myRepono’s easy installation instructions.
- Login to your WordPress website as an administrator.
- From the WordPress Dashboard find the “Plugins -> Installed Plugins” menu.
- Locate the entry “myRepono Backup Plugin” and click “Activate”
- From the Dashboard click on the “Settings -> myRepono Backup” menu item.
- Enter your myRepono login credentials.
- Set backup frequency and make sure that “Status” is set to “Active”.
- Rest easy and smile knowing that your site is being backed up automatically.
- If you have any trouble login to myRepono.com and look for any guidance.