Losing your Website data is as easy as a click of your mouse. After deleting 4 of my websites in about 5 seconds the other week, I really feel like sharing a few tips to keep your WordPress data secure!
WordPress data loss – Don’ts
You’d rather know what not to do first – it’ll save you so much time.
> Don’t Trash content – it’ll be automatically deleted in 30 days. Solution: change its status to “Draft”
> Don’t Permanently Delete content. Solution: don’t “Trash” – and you won’t be able to “Delete”.
> Don’t update WordPress and plugins – it may delete some files. Solution: backup all your data first.
> Don’t install themes and plugins – they may harm your content. Solution: backup all your data first.
Hosting control panel
> Don’t change any hosting settings. Solution: email your Host or backup all your data first.
> Don’t change any domain settings – expect the unexpected. Solution: backup all your data first.
> Don’t move your files. Solution: always copy/paste files, never cut/paste or move them.
WordPress data loss – Do’s
Before changing any of your settings, updating software, uploading a new plugin or deleting content, it is strongly recommended to run the following operations.
> Install and run WP-DB-Backup plugin
> Export your Website content to your hard drive: Tools/Export/AllContent/Download
> Copy your files and paste them on your hard drive
Hosting Control Panel
> Setup an automatic database/website backup
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