A word of warning: this does NOT back up your theme files (your design) or uploaded files (pictures, videos, etc.).
All of the files that make your WordPress site yours live in a folder on your server called ‘wp-content’. To ensure that your site can be re-created in the event of a disaster of some sort, you will need to have a backup of that folder in addition to the backup of your site’s database.
There are plugins that can (maybe) do this for you, but in my experience, none of them work well enough for us to be able to recommend them. You’re far better off doing it yourself, using FTP. It is more involved than just clicking a button in your Dashboard, but in the end you’ll be better off because you’ll be certain that you have everything you need to recreate your site.
What is FTP? It is short for File Transfer Protocol, a way of transferring files over the internet. If you would like us to do a short tutorial on how you can back up your site files using FTP, leave a comment below.
If you’re thinking, “Well, I just don’t even want anything to do with that“, or “Whoa. That’s way too complicated”, well, we have you covered there, too. Head on over to our Hire Us page, and put in a request to have your site files backed up. The cost is reasonable, and you’ll be able to sleep at night knowing your site data is safe.