11 Jul 10 10:39 pm
I'll try to explain.
There's a free plugin which enables you to back up your data base and have it sent to you whenever and as often as you choose.
You can then save it to your computer hard drive.
So. Open your wp dash board, on the left scroll down to plugins, click on the dropdown menu, click on "add new"
In the search box on the page which opens, type in: "wp db backup". Hit the search button and then install > install now, and activate it.
Then after it's installed and activated, go over to the left again, click on "tools" under "Users" and then on "back up"
This will open an options page.
At the bottom of that page you have several options. Personally I check the "Email back up" option in case the server happens to go down.
You can then go to "Schedule Backups" below and select how often you want it sent. This depends on how often you update your site. If you're working on your site every day I'd suggest having it sent once a day. You will also need to enter an email address to send it too.
Then...click on schedule back up. There is an option there to "back up now".
When it's finished check your email and you will have an email with your back up from which you can download it to your computer.
It will be an "sql_gz file"
I can't explain how to use that file here but you can Google it or ask your hosting support to do it for you.
While it's it's a bit complicated...it's better than losing all your data and once you know how to do it, you have a new back up every day.
I hope this helps.