phpMyAdmin: Backup and Restore WordPress Database


Backup you database, when ever you update your wordpress installation, you do some work on your theme or just to keep a copy of you data, become familiar with the process of backing up and restoring DB’s.

There are many ways to do a backup, there are even plugins for wordpress that make the job easier, take a look here, but it’s alwasy useful to have an extra ace in your sleves.

With phpMyAdmin it takes few click, first select your wordpress database (you might have more than one DB), click “Export” link, now take a quick look on the “Structure” pane and checkmark “add DROP TABLE”, “add AUTO_INCREMENT value” and “Enclose table and field names with backquotes”.Below “Structure” you can see a section called “DATA” and a checkbox near it, make sure it’s selected, beside that, nothing should be change for the other selections.

In the “Export” pane on the left side you see a box containing all the tables selected for backup, if there are none selected do so, at this point we are almost done, just be sure that the export format is SQL, “Save as file” is marked and pick a compression type, in this case I used “zipped”. Click “Go” and wait, be patient, if you have a lot of posts it might take few minutes.

DB backup videowordpress database backup

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When you backup data, sooner or later you will need to restore it, nothing easier.As you did for the backup, in phpMyAdmin select your database, this time click “Import” and browse for you backup copy, click “Go” and pra…mmm, wait!

If everything goes well you just restored your database, otherwise you will be notified of any unsuccesful result. If that’s the case google is your best friend.


DB restore videowordpress database restore

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  4. phpMyAdmin is pretty similar to some other products I have seen. I wonder what the requirements are regarding patents as it relates to software of this type. Do hosting companies have a site wide license or is it per server installation? Thanks

  5. thatgirlagain says:

    Thank you! I was wondering what I was doing wrong (I didn’t have the Drop Table checked) and this saved me an hour of frustration (if not more). Thanks again!

  6. TigerTom says:

    Cpanel + Fantastico + WordPress + ‘plugin updating’ plugin = Blog happiness. Update with a few button pushes (in theory). Make a backup before you do so and save in an older version of SQL too in case your new host doesn’t support the latest.

  7. Tobias says:

    Hey thanks for the info. I tried to copy my database from oner server to another, but got error messages. After I read your post i clicked the export option “add DROP TABLE” and it worked. So great job and nice videos too.

  8. legolandbridge says:

    Nice helpful screenshots. Is that an available plugin that pops up the videos?

    Francesco Reply:

    I use AFC FLV-Player, it comes with Highslide JS for the pop up window.

    legolandbridge Reply:

    thanks will check it out.

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