Backup WordPress: Why do it?
Backup is something that needs to be done before to benefit from it later
Backup is one of those things that the more copies you have, the better. You read several copies well! Having only one does not mean to be quiet and above all better to have copies on different disks. One of the reasons for making a backup could be that after doing an update, something went wrong and some files were damaged, or at worst a hacker attack. What I recommend is to develop your site / blog first in local with Xampp or other programs and then pass everything online, so in future updates of the platform or changes you can test them lunge and then go online, if you are interested click here to find out how to set up your environment locally.
How to backup WordPress?
It can be done either by automatic or manual hosting or by plug-in
By now all the hosting services offer the possibility of WordPress backup, but is it really necessary to spend more money? Ni. It depends on various factors, from the type of customer to the budget. If it's a simple site maybe you can even save it, in case of blog or ecommerce I would say that it is almost mandatory to invest this money. This does not mean not to make your own backup copies.
What is the recommended method?
What is simpler, safer and more immediate
Personally I have been able to use all three methods, backup via auto / manual hosting and plug-in. This because as previously stated depends on the type of site. What I prefer is through a plug-in that allows you to import the entire site plus the db and connect everything without worrying about changing the settings from the wp-config file.
What is the Hosting method?
The most tiring but also the safest one
Let's make one thing clear, not always the backup of the site coincides with the db, so be careful if in doubt ask the assistance of your provider.
The automatic method that then coincides with the manual one, because you will go to download the files on your machine, the advantage is that you will always have a copy online. All you do is enter the FTP and download the installation folder of your WP, and then save it and use it if necessary. When you purchase backup via hosting at least one other folder will appear inside the FTP (this depends on whether you will purchase the weekly, daily or both backup). Remember to always make a copy of your db as it is essential for CMS. In addition there are some providers that allow backup via the control panel and then also restore everything with a few clicks, so choose carefully your hosting.
So, in summary, all you do is download the folder from your FTP, the advantage of buying the backup is nothing more than having a copy always updated and online .
What is the plug-in method?
The fastest one, but it does not always work (at least for me)
Personally I rely on a plug-in that as mentioned above is also great for passing a site from offline to online, as it allows you to backup the site plus the db and in case of transition from local to online will convert all links, configuration of the wp-config file and all the paths of the links, say a godsend and above all it is also fast, on the contrary it has only nonsense, it did not always work and I had to resort to the manual method, the This backup plug-in is called All-in-One WP Migration.
Also for this article is everything, remember to make the WordPress backup is a must be kept up to date.