Question by coffeegirl: How do I backup a wordpress blog before upgrading to new wordpress version?
I have a wordpress.org blog. I just got a message from wordpress that I need to upgrade to 3.1.3. I was also advised to backup my database first. I had the account self-hosted through bluehost.com. How do I do the backup? The important thing is not to lose the text and photos. Any recommendations / suggestions? Thanks.
Answer by Windowphobe
The posts and the photos are stored separately.
If your graphics are stored in a directory called “wp-images” or something like that, simply download the folder (via FTP) to your desktop.
Backing up the database is trickier. I use a plugin called wp-db-backup, which does the dirty work for me.
As a practical matter, there’s not much risk in running the upgrade, even automatically – I’ve never had any issues updating three WordPress blogs on a regular basis since the auto-upgrade function was introduced circa 2.7 – but I still do the backups of the database. (I maintain a duplicate of my image folder on my desktop, so any missing graphic can be quickly replaced.)
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