How to Backup Your Membership Site (And Why Is It So Important?)

Thanks to WordPress, taking control of your membership site, and managing it is easier than ever; however, that doesn't mean that things can't go wrong. Whether it be a hack, an update has gone wrong, or just some random series of unfortunate events, it's always smart to be prepared.

Why Is Backing Up Your Website So Important?

Website backups are yet another way to help keep your website secure, keep your data safe, and give you, the business owner, peace of mind.

Without these backups, if something goes wrong, for instance, if you make changes to your website that mess things up or there is a terrible hack, you can rest assured that you can go into your storage, grab a backup, and restore your site as if nothing happened. Without a backup, your site can be heavily impacted and it could cause you to lose customers.

When unfortunate things like this come up, it's always essential to have a backup of your website. Thankfully, backing up your membership website isn't as hard as you think, and there is more than one way to do it successfully!

In this post, we're going to cover the different ways you can backup your membership site!

1. Use A WordPress Plugin

The first, and most straightforward way to backup your WordPress site is by using a WordPress plugin!

The great thing about most WordPress plugins is that, with just a few clicks, you can quickly backup your website with ease!

All you have to do is download a plugin in the WordPress directory, set up a backup schedule, and you're done! Easy as that! Then your WordPress plugin will automatically backup your membership site for you!

Read More: How Often You Should Backup Your Membership Site?

2. Use Your Web Host

Did you know that you can also backup your website using your web host? Depending on the hosting company you are with, you will be able to access tools to help you backup your membership site!

To find out whether or not your membership site has these capabilities, log into your hosting account control panel or contact your hosting company's support to find out.

Read More: Choosing the Best Web Hosting for Your Membership Site (4 Uncommon Questions You Should Ask)

3. Use FTP

Another slightly more complicated way to perform manual backups to your website files is by using FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, which is a way to transfer data between computers.

To get started, you will need to download a copy of the files from your website, which are the wp-content directory and wp-config.php file for WordPress websites.

If your host offers phpMyAdmin, go to the Export tab and use the Quick Export method. Stick with SQL as the output format, and click on Go. You can then upload that file to your preferred storage platform.

Final Thoughts

When you build a membership site, one of the most important things you can do is have a plan in place to create backups for your website. These backups keep your online business secure and intact and keep your business flowing. It's always a good idea to explore your options to test out these methods and see which one(s) works best for you!

To Learn More About Maintaining Your Website/Backups:

Best WordPress Plugins to Keep Your Website Maintained

How to Safely Make Changes to Your WordPress Membership Site

Which is your favorite backup method? Let's chat in the comments!

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About Jessica Starks

Jessica is a creative entrepreneur and professional writer who strives to use her talents to both entertain and educate. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, genealogy, and spending time with her family.