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In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a backup of your Divi website and explain why they are so helpful and important.
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You may have noticed we are creating tutorials related Divi Maintenance. These are some of the most important guides we have ever created, and yet they seem to be overlooked or ignored by many until it is too late. Don’t let this happen to you! Everyone should know the importance of a website backup and know how to use one to restore a site if something bad happens. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a backup of your Divi website and explain why they are so important.
Create A Divi Website Backup Using Your Hosting Provider
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Create WordPress Media Library Backup
Create Divi Theme Options Backup
Create Divi Theme Customizer Settings Backup
Create Divi Theme Builder Backup
Create Backup Of Visual Builder Layouts
Create Backup Of Divi Library Layouts
What Is A Backup?
A website backup is a copy of the live website taken at a specific moment in time. Often this is referred to as a “snapshot” and I suppose this terminology is pretty good. If you think of taking a photo, it captures the exact scene at that particular time and place. This is similar to a website backup. It captures all the important parts of the website at a given time and stores it on the server or another location to be used later if necessary.
What Is Included In A Backup?
A backup may consist of the entire site including all the files and database, or it may only contain selected files. In general, the more files included in the backup, the better. But keep in mind, those also take up more space on the server or computer. Sometimes you only need to back up the database, or only the plugins, or only certain pages or media. It all depends on the situation. For daily backups, I recommend a full backup. This would include the website files, the databases, images, plugins, and themes.
What Are Backups Used For?
In general, backups are primarily used as insurance in case something goes wrong with the site. If you get hacked, or your website crashes, or you make some update or change that you regret, a backup allows you to restore your website to its previous correct state at a time before the issue occurred. Backups can also be taken before a site redesign just to have the old version on hand or to compare. They can serve as a way to migrate a site for testing, but we recommend a dedicated migration plugin for this instead. Backups and a staging site can work in tandem. (If you haven’t checked out our guide on How To Create & Use A Divi Staging Site then please do). If you are facing some issue on the live site, you can restore a backup and then troubleshoot the issue on the staging site.
When To Take Backups?
Making backups of your Divi website should be a regular step you take in your site maintenance. All the best hosting companies take a backup at least every day and store them for 30 days, but some offer even more frequency. Daily backups are very important, and I highly recommend them. But you should also prompt or take a manual backup before major site or code changes or other milestones such as making a new site live. If you are not using a staging site, then backups become even more important for testing updates to WordPress, Divi, and plugins.
Why Is A Divi Backup So Important?
I hope that the reasons for having a backup are obvious. You don’t want to be left without a backup if something happens to your site. Keeping regular backups ensure you that you have a way to bring your website back without having to rebuild it from scratch. Unless you enjoy stress, panic, and headaches, then a backup is a very simply way to ensure peace of mind. I often refer to it as insurance, but it is more than that. It helps to know that no matter what craziness happens, you are prepared and have a copy on hand, just in case. Don’t be one of those people who learn the hard way. I can tell you personally I have been very thankful for backups on several occasions. It is well worth the few seconds it takes to create one, and well worth paying for a good hosting company that has this built into your account. If you are updating old plugins, themes, or the WordPress core, or if you are adding custom code, then give yourself a pat on your back knowing that you always have a backup.