Interactive Design Homepage

VUIT Digital Arts

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

Class Website -

Subject: ID2 - Interactive Design

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 16 - project work and submission of tasks


Final class: completion of projects & presentation of online folio

• Complete your portfolio and present to the class


Managing dynamic websites: how to backup a Wordpress site

• How to back up the data from your Wordpress site.

• How to import/export data

• How to manage media content


Wordpress does make backups of all content on its servers but how much can we rely on someone else to keep and preserve our content?

To be sure your content is backed up, it's a good idea to make your own backups. This can be very difficult to do with a dynamic website because the framework, content and media files are all separate and likely to change frequently.

If you have your own internet host and your own regiesterd domain name, it's easier to FTP copy all the files from your domain and export the database and make regular backups of your Wordpress site.

Because most of you are using the free option, you can't get FTP access to the actual files on your site. Despite this, you can backup the data as an XML file - which would allow you to save all the text information you have put into your Wordpress site. The main problem with this is that you can't backup the files and the Media (images and other files) you upload to the Media Library.

I recommend that you keep your own copies of the images you upload to Wordpress in a "media" folder somewhere, then backup the database using the Export option in the dashboard. That way, if you ever needed to recreate the website, you could import the data and upload the media again.

What you can't adequately backup in are the themes you have installed and any plugins that you might be using.

There are other options to capture a static version of the whole Wordpress site on a particular day - which would make a good functional static website backup that you could access and browse.

Here are some links to articles that suggest different methods of backing up. Keep in mind that some of these won't work for your free sites, but will work if you choose to one day get your own hosting and domain name.