Couldn’t It Be Easier?

DaGoddess @ 04:00

You know, when I used MT, there was a little button on the sidebar that allowed me to export all my entries and comments for a quick and dirty backup of the blog. Not so with WP. Why isn’t there?

Now I’m having to look at cpanels and FTP and it makes my head spin.

Don’t mind me. I’m yammering about this because it’s not as important as a few other things, but it’s something I can piss and moan over while the big stuff festers.


  1. Export is not in cPanel, it’s in your WP whatchamacallit. User interface thing. Dangit! Can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s THERE. :zombie:

    Think I need to go back to bed…

    Anyway, if you want to back up the database, that’s when you’d go to cPanel and PHPmyAdmin.


    Comment by Pam — 2009/09/30 @ 06:37

  2. Dashboard>>Tools>>Export. Easy enough.

    Comment by Jan — 2009/09/30 @ 06:47

  3. I don’t see “tools” anywhere. We must have different versions.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/09/30 @ 07:16

  4. You can export your entries (if you’re not upgraded, you need to do it, today) under tools/export and save the xml file to your hard drive.

    Otherwise, use Lester Chan’s dB manager plugin and set up the backup to be daily/weekly – whatever you want.

    Comment by Leanne — 2009/09/30 @ 09:20

  5. Yeah, I’m still not seeing the “tools” to do it. I’m chatting with a guru though and maybe she’ll figure it out for me.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/09/30 @ 09:22

  6. WordPress allows for a double-barreled backup: the database itself (I use the wp-db-backup plugin and have the file emailed to me on a regular basis) and the posts/comments in an XML file (this is built into WP).

    Looks like you’re using 2.5.1, which is kinda old by WP standards: current version is 2.8.4. Once you’ve updated – the guru will certainly be helpful with that – you can upgrade future versions with a single click.

    Comment by CGHill — 2009/10/02 @ 21:01

  7. Yeah, I have to get updated. But I don’t even fathom how to do that until someone much smarter than I explains it in painstaking detail — as if they were teaching a 4-year-old how to do it. I’m that blonde when it comes to databases and installations.

    I did finally spot the export function, which I’m going to use right now. That should at least provide me with a rudimentary backup until I get all the rest figured out.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/10/02 @ 22:15

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