How to avoid data loss in WordPress

Avoid data loss Wordpress

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!

Avoid data loss WordPress


WordPress data loss – Don’ts

You’d rather know what not to do first – it’ll save you so much time.

WordPress dashboard

> 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.


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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.

WordPress dashboard

> 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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Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as a WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

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