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Wordpress Backup Question

4 August, 2008 (03:06)

So I’ve gotten responsible and installed a plug-in which backs up the Wordpress database / structure and data. But if I ever had to do a complete re-install (say I wanted to move to another server, or my ISP lost everything) wouldn’t I also have to have all my images saved in their appropriate folder structure as well? It would be hell to have to re-upload each image separately again, and have it listed with the correct “slug” and folder.

It’s not that it’s a big deal to do this, but I was just curious about what it would take to completely backup the current wordpress blog.

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btw - Picassa2 - installed yesterday or the day before (I haven’t had it running all the time) is now up to about 50,000 indexed images.  It finished this morning: 53,000 images.  And tons of them are ripe for being deleted.


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Comment from D. Brent Miller
Time: August 4, 2008, 6:25 am

Dave, The WordPress Database Backup plugin does just that on a weekly basis. It preserves what you have all ready done and then sends you a zip file once a week. The back up saves everything and insures that if you lose the web site, due to whatever cause, you have a fairly recent version to reload. Web hosts are not 100% perfect, and occasionally, something goes wrong. I had a hacker place malicious software on my site once, it took the web host more than a week to find it in the database and remove it, which was a little too long for me.

The other option is to have a very well organized WP site where all the photos are in one directory and once a week or sooner, you use ftp to back up that one folder back to your desktop.


Comment from Dave Beckerman
Time: August 4, 2008, 6:47 am

Brent — right - but it doesn’t save your images. So you need to do both - do the backup AND download (ftp) the images in their folder structure. For example, my backup is 219K gz file. (I actually don’t even have a gz expander). But it can’t have the images in it at that size. — DB

Comment from D. Brent Miller
Time: August 4, 2008, 9:30 am

We might be talking about two different plugins. I am using WP-DBManager v. 2.31, which backs up the database and sends it as a zip file. My photos are not in the database, they are in a directory in the root and WP-Contents, depending upon how I am using them in a post. WP uses a link in a post (the database) to the image located in a directory somewhere in the root.

So, I guess you are right. You would have to back up the photos with an http://ftp.


Comment from D. Brent Miller
Time: August 4, 2008, 9:33 am

One more thing. To completely back up a WordPress blog, just ftp the whole thing back to your computer, making sure it is identifiable as such. I have done this on occasion and used this technique when moving the blog to a different directory or location. The WP Import/Export function works really well if everything is inside the blog directory. A blog that links to folders and directories outside of the WP requires quite a bit of “link fixing.”


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