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Old 11-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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I was reading reviews of WordPress backup plugins. The author made a big deal about how most plugins only back up the database, and not the site. I don't understand what I would need to site for. Wouldn't I just reinstall and import the database?

   
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I was reading reviews of WordPress backup plugins. The author made a big deal about how most plugins only back up the database, and not the site. I don't understand what I would need to site for. Wouldn't I just reinstall and import the database?
I keep copies of all my site pages on my Mac, which is backed up every hour. In fact, the copies on the Mac are the definitive versions, and I never, ever make changes on the server. Maybe the author knows lots of people who gaily fiddle with their websites on the server.

Hmm, I haven't checked, but am pretty sure that WordPress stores settings in the database...

   
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If you make any code hacks or template modifications then you would lose these if you just reinstall and import the old database. You would also need to ensure that the new version installed uses the identical database structure to the original version.

It is easy to make a full backup and subsequent restore using Xcloner, which I use to move WP sites from test to production server.

Regular backups are IMHO vital when using WP, as it is a regular target for hackers. Some helpful tips here: http://www.copyblogger.com/wordpress-website-security/

   
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You do need to back up all the images/docs you have uploaded into posts/pages, as well as Kelvyn says your template modifications.
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