Aug 292012
 

We all know that having a backup of our website is important but that doesn’t mean we take the time to do the backup or put things in place to run the backup automatically. For some, daily life is busy and other things take priority. For others, and I suspect most, its intimidation. Common concerns from a beginner web admin might be “What do I use to run a backup?”; “Where does the backup go and how will I find it again?”; “Will I break my site?” Let’s take a look at how easy it really is to do a backup when you use a WordPress CMS.

Method 1- Use A Plugin

Doing a backup doesn’t get any easier than using a plugin and is ideal for the beginner web admin. Plugins are designed especially for everyday users which in turn makes creating and running a website much easier. No need to know any coding language, the plugin is pre-packaged code that magically jumps into place once installed.

There are many great plugins for backing up WordPress but the most versatile and highly rated BackWPUp is the one we will work with today. To begin, install it from your WP control panel in the plugins section or from the WP Plugin Directory.  Once it’s installed, activate the plugin to begin scheduling a backup.

To use the plugin, locate it in your left sidebar as BackWPUp. Click it to open your tools, settings, and options along with a log displaying any current jobs.

Add A New Job

Whether you want to backup just your database, just your website files, or both, this plugin has great flexibility. You’ll first need to configure the settings of the WP site that you want to backup. Select Add New from the left sidebar under the BackWPUp tab to open a full page description of everything you currently have installed on WP. Select or deselect anything you want to add to or leave off of the restore.

The first thing you want to do is give the job a name. You’ll usually want to leave all of the default boxes checked and really only need to configure where you want the backup to go. You have a few options where to send your backup such as email, FTP, Dropbox, SugarSync, and Amazon S3 among others. If you don’t have one of those accounts, there are links right in the settings that allow you to quickly set up a free account. I’m going to use Dropbox so I’ll need to authenticate my account by clicking on the link and then allowing the Dropbox app access to my files.

Activate Scheduling

Use the plugin to do automatic backups on your schedule and time intervals when it’s most convenient for you using the scheduling feature. In the right sidebar Job Schedule box, check the Activate Scheduling box. Next, choose if you want the backup to run hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly and what specific date, day, and time you want it to run.

Backup File

The default settings for the backup file will put everything together for you in a zip file and will show you the file prefix so you know where to find it.

Send Log

Enter or use the default email address in the send log to be notified of any errors during the backup.

Finish

When you’ve finished making your changes, save them in the Job Type box. Now, go to the left sidebar and click on the Job tab under the BackWPUp plugin. Your job should display all of your settings and you’ll want to run it now to make sure all settings are correct and the backup works as expected.

When you run a backup for the first time, you should go to the backup location to make sure the backup worked and all the settings are correct.

Method 2- Export Files To Desktop

Another way to backup your files is to use the built in Export tool in your WordPress Dashboard. This backs up your website files and stores them locally on your PC in a neat little package.

In your WordPress dashboard, click on the Tools tab then select Export. Next, you’ll want to decide if you want to backup just pages, just posts, or all site content. Once you make your selections, click the Download Export File.

When the file window opens, you’ll have the option to open it or save it to your PC.

That’s all there is to backing up your website! Take a few minutes to setup a backup or schedule one regularly so you’re always ready with a fresh copy should your site be hacked or you make some changes to the database that go very wrong! If you’re looking for a great web hosting company for your website, check out Cytanium discount hosting.

May 102012
 
WordPress Hosting-feature

WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) for so many reasons. The ease of use and relatively recent availability to Windows users has made WordPress explode with popularity. A user-friendly platform like WordPress makes it a great option for any business to build a great website. This PHP based application is flexible, reliable and best of all free! Pair that with a Windows server and you have a winner! If you’re ready to get a piece of the WordPress hosting action, take a look at how easy it is to get started!

How Can A PHP- Based Application Run On Windows?

If you know anything about Linux, you may first be wondering how a PHP based application like WordPress can even run on a Windows server. LAMPS which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP  is used on many Linux based servers and has previously been the only available platform for running WordPress. With the introduction of Windows Server 2003, Windows servers have been able to support the installation of WordPress through the use of WIMP- Windows, IIS, MySQL, and PHP making WordPress fully compatible and the additional benefit of IIS makes installation a breeze.

What Kind Of Hosting Plan Will I need??

All you need to get started with WordPress hosting is a web host and server with some working knowledge of them. It’s important to understand that finding the right hosting platform is key to your success. If you’re just starting a WordPress blog or personal website, a shared hosting plan is fine but if you’re planning to use your site for business, you should consider using a VPS-Virtual Private Server. This type of server is more reliable and responsive than shared hosting because the space is dedicated just to you. This could mean faster load times and more available resources for your site. With a VPS you also have the freedom to install any software that fits your website needs and allows you to work with what you are comfortable with, not limit you to what options your web host may provide. If you choose the VPS route, it does require the business to have technical expertise to install, configure and support all the required components so be sure to weigh the pro’s and cons of shared hosting or a VPS to choose the right option for your project. Building a VPS is very easy and takes less than 15 minutes and will look like the image below.

Installing WordPress On Your Server

Once you have your VPS built (or if you already have a server ready) you will now need to install WordPress. There’s no reason to do this manually, which means finding all of the software that will be needed, installing and learning how to use it before you can get started.  A more efficient way to install WordPress is to use Microsoft Web Platform Installer. It downloads everything you need for any application in a neat package all at once for a seamless installation. You can refer to my previous post on using WebPI to install WordPress for a tutorial on how this is done.

Setting Up Sites

Now all you have to do is install a theme you want to use for your website and you’re ready to roll. If you have the need to host multiple sites on your server, an additional benefit of using a Virtual Private Sever is the allowance to host as many sites as the resources will allow. This is a huge benefit to a web designer who needs to manage multiple sites from one place. If you plan to have multiple sites on your server and don’t want all of the additional sites pointing to a single site, you can use Host Headers in IIS which will allow you to assign more than one site to a single IP address on a web server.

Sites in IIS using hostheaders

So now that you see how easy it is to host a single site or many sites on a Windows server it’s time to get started! If you already have a hosting package, you can build upon that. If you need a web host for your WordPress site, contact sales@cytanium.com with any questions or sign up for a new VPS hosting package today!