Test backup of a live WP site
November 30, 2012 5:01 PM Subscribe
I have a live Wordpress blog. I want to backup and restore it to another directory so I can test and try things before doing this on the live site. What's the best way to go about this?
posted by diode to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I just completed a site design and installation of a WP blog with outside help. It's not a high-end site with lots of custom code, just a fairly basic setup as far as I can tell. I would like to copy this site to another WP directory and use the copy to test things out. I don't like to make mistakes on a live site. They accumulate over time and it looks amateurish.
If I want to tweak the CSS, or see what a particular button does, I can give it a go on the backup site. If things get squirrely, I can redo the backup and restore to the test site so it is once again a copy of the live site.
I'm on Hostgator. I have a backup WP install on a 2nd account I control on HG so in this scenario I would be changing domains as well as directories.
I'm thinking I can take the backup files from the live site, and copy them over the test site's directory files. I'm wondering if it's going to break things beyond being useful to do so, or what's the best practice? TIA.