How to Backup WordPress to a Local Computer

Backing up your WordPress site is one of those essential things that don’t get spoken about nearly as often as they should. We’ve already reviewed the best WordPress online backup tool, BackupBuddy, and today we are going to talk about another tool which allows you to backup your site to your local computer. This piece of software is Backup Smart. We actually use both BackupBuddy and Backup-Smart concurrently on our sites, in order to have two backups at two separate locations and better peace of mind.

Here’s an introduction to Backup Smart from the creator himself:

All you need to do is enter the login details of your site, and schedule your backups. Then Backup Smart will automatically login to your site’s CPanel and start downloading a copy of all your files and databases. It’s a really useful tool that can be essential for cases when a hacker has attacked your site and destroyed some files, or some hosting mishap in which you lose your site’s files.

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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the podcast. His personal blog can be found at

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7 Responses

  1. lincoln ne computer repair
    lincoln ne computer repair September 29, 2011 at 23:48 | | Reply

    Couldn’t a similar solution be done by exporting the SQL alongside with FTPing your entire website over to another one?

  2. Mario Peshev
    Mario Peshev October 21, 2011 at 08:15 | | Reply

    @lincoln – nah, importing manually is equal to suicide, too much details missing and there are lots of hardcoded static URLs.

    @Jean, I know you are part of their affiliate program (which is OK), but for the sake of the users I would point you to this AWESOME service (still free) that does everything with just a few clicks – . It will become paid eventually, but I needed only 5mins to replace BackupBuddy with it.

  3. Mario Peshev
    Mario Peshev October 21, 2011 at 11:22 | | Reply

    We have tested it for backing up our custom huge WP framework and it works in an amazing way. The only issue was migrating the .htaccess (since we use static paths out there which are broken during the transfer, but it is not their fault).

  4. Konstantin Kovshenin
    Konstantin Kovshenin October 13, 2012 at 05:43 | | Reply

    Never did and never will trust third party backup tools, especially ones that don’t run directly on your server, like the two you have mentioned — one relies on a WordPress install, the other one on CPanel.

    It’s not difficult to do your own backups. You need mysqldump, tar/gz, sync or scp and a cron schedule. If you’re running a VPS you can also ask your hosting provider for regular full system snapshots, which come at a lower level and usually with a price tag.

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