Using Backpack to Backup Your WordPress Databases

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Backup WordPress Databases with Backpack

If you’ve been reading my writing for any period of time, you will know that I am a freak when it comes to organization. I love knowing things are in their proper place. So it’s no wonder that I have gone nuts over 37signals products Basecamp, Highrise, and Backpack for project and contact management. I love these things.

Here’s a quick little trick I’ve been using for a little while to back up my WordPress databases and at the same time keep them cleared from my computer and emails.

First you will need a Backpack account. It’s easy to set one up (by the way, if you do because of this post, please be so kind as to use this referral link. I promise I will let you know when I drop these links in.), just head over to the Basecamp homepage and get one.

Backup WordPress Databases with Backpack

Notice that each Backpack page has a unique email address at the bottom of the page. This is fully explained at the Backpack home site, but basically you can email content to your pages by shooting emails to these addresses. This is how we’re going to send your database backups to a Backpack page for safe keeping.

Now let’s move on to the Plugin you will need to make this magic happen: WordPress Database Backup. This nifty little Plugin creates backups for you based on your preferences (either to your hard drive, server, or email) and at designated intervals.

Head over to the Plugin homepage, download it, and install it to your WordPress installation. Then, of course, activate it from the Manage Plugins page on your Dashboard.

Backup WordPress Databases with Backpack

It looks like I need to upgrade my Plugin.

Under Manage, Backup, you will want to scroll down to the section titled Scheduled Backup. Pick an interval for your backups: once hourly, once daily, or once weekly. I would suggest once daily, depending on how often you update your blog.

Backup WordPress Databases with Backpack

In the dialog to the right (labeled Email backup to) you will want to put the email address of the Backpack page you want these backups to appear on. Hit Submit and you are good to go.

After a couple of weeks you may notice your Backpack page filling up with these backups. Solution? Designate a single page to be your blog backup “receiver”. After it reaches its limit (be it around 100 emails or so) simply trash the page and create a new one. This saves the hassle of trying to keep the page clear by deleting each old backup as it comes in. Remember, though, that you will want to change the Email backup to email in the WordPress Dashboard to make sure the backups get sent to the right place.

Hopefully this process helped (or will help) you organize a bit more and keep your backups in a safe place. Anyone else have a unique way of using 37signals products, or any other products meant to keep us organized, with WordPress? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.