WP-DB-BACKUP WordPress Plugin Review


Peace of mind—this is what’s in store for you when you backup your WordPress database. This component covers the range of multimedia content which graces your website, and serves as one your traffic drivers. You cannot just equate loss of your database to merely an unfortunate event, but to loss of months or years of your effort (time and money). The good news is there are backup plugins to your rescue. In particular, you may read on the WP-DP-BACKUP WordPress Plugin Review here.

Who should backup

Everyone should backup his or her database, ideally. But it seems that this is a practice of a ‘niche audience’—those who live in paranoia of the effects which online freak and not-so-freak accidents may inflict on their site contents. But to emphasize the necessity for database backup, here are some personas:

  1. You are a small or start-up enterprise owner with very little (if any at all) budget on maintaining online presence via WordPress even if this is undoubtedly a tool of the trade. Your budget is just so stretched already.
  2. You are an enthusiast, hobbyist, or writer of any sort who invested years-worth of resources building and maintaining your WordPress site (plus connections, following).
  3. You are migrating WordPress to another host.

But on top of any of these, you are using a self-hosted or WordPress.org-based site because the WP-DP-BACKUP WordPress Plugin is not enabled on WordPress.com-based sites.

 Why this particular WordPress Backup Plugin

This backup plugin has almost 2 million downloads. The current version is 2.2.3, with the last update conducted years ago already. For the WP-DP-BACKUP WordPress Plugin Review proper, here are the Pros and Cons:

Pros

  1. It’s a free-of-charge plugin.
  2. It’s relatively easy-to-use.
  3. It has several backup storage options. This backup plugin allows you to download the backup on your hard drive or even send the backup database to your e-mail. Moreover, the e-mail backup option may be scheduled based on your preference—either daily or weekly.

 Cons

  1. The backup plugin only covers databases, not files. This implies that this WordPress plugin cannot backup the site in its entirety.
  2. There is a weak support online for this plugin. A few FAQs though may be found on the WordPress Plugin Directory.

How to Use the Backup Plugin

The plugin is relatively easy to use. The entire backup process only takes a few minutes. This WP-DP-BACKUP WordPress Plugin Review details the database backup process, though you may also use this video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJz3x2QbwJA. This video also details how to use database backups when you need to migrate a WordPress site to another host.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site.
  2. Download and install ‘WP-DP-BACKUP-WordPress Plugin’.
  3. Go to ‘Tools’, then ‘Backup’.
  4. Choose the database tables you want to backup. Note: The plugin backups content under Post, Page, User Data, and Settings. Technically, the backup created is on the database tables of WordPress.
  5. Select your backup options and schedule, then click “Backup Now”.

With this database backup plugin, you may cross a few items on your to-worry-about list. Your WordPress content (the database, at least) now can be off someplace else aside from your site.

How to Install Simple 301 Redirects WordPress Plugin


So you’ve decided to do a website makeover in which you’ll be adding or deleting some webpages. If it’s the latter that you’re doing, be sure to not skip making those 301 redirects. Doing 301 redirects is no chore when there’s an efficient plugin at bay. This post outlines why and how to install Simple 301 Redirects WordPress plugin.

Consider this Scenario…

Your webpage which you have already deleted appears on search engine results. So when the user clicks it, he or she lands on an empty page with only the error message of “HTTP 404 File Not Found”. This is reason for you to panic because you waste link juices. And chances are, there would be a downward trend or significant decrease on your search engine rankings and site traffic.

These won’t happen though if you set up 301 redirects. Permanent Redirects or 301 redirects allow you to tell the search engines and visitors that:

  • The contents of page or URL A may now be found at URL B; or
  • URL A and URL B are now one and the same.

This means that you can point or forward even a deleted page (URL A) to another existing page (URL B).  On the front-end, search engines and visitors might see the original locations, based on URL structure, of your website’s contents. The 301 redirects then take care of the back-end, and automatically lead search engines or users to their corresponding new locations.

Makeover To-Do List, To-301 Redirects List

Don’t let your website makeover become disastrous on your search engine ranking and site traffic. Here is a makeover to-do list which corresponds with 301 redirects set up:

  •  “Unclutter” your website to improve navigation among contents. You may be merging short or related posts under one page.
  • Delete pages which you think have already outdated or irrelevant contents.
  • Change the permalink structure because you learned of the “design” to make it more SEO-friendly and user-friendly.

Installing the Redirect Plugin

Fret not even when you need to do quite some 301 redirects, because there’s the free and efficient Simple 301 Redirects WordPress plugin to your aid. Here’s how to install Simple 301 Redirects WordPress Plugin:

  1. Log in to your WordPress Account.
  2. Search for and choose “Simple 301 Redirects” on the plugins database.
  3. Click “Activate Plugin”.

To use this WordPress redirects plugin,

  1. Go back to your Admin tab, and click “Simple 301 Redirects” under Settings.
  2. Paste the URL of an old or deleted page on the ‘Requested” tab.
  3. On the Destination tab, paste the URL where you want to point or forward the Requested URL.

Note: The Requested and Destination URLs use different structure: relative for the former and absolute for the latter. Don’t worry though because the plugin illustrates these.

Tip: You can also have external webpages as new locations of your old or deleted URLs. A good way to put these URLs is to place your social media accounts or other platforms where you may be found on the web (i.e. news sites) as Destination URLs.

With this WordPress plugin, you can breeze through creating 301 redirects as you carry on with your website makeover. You may also watch the video tutorial on the Simple 301 Redirects plugin installation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6YTIxNY5uc. Make it a habit to put no URL, hence, link juices to waste.

How to Setup Google Authorship on WordPress

Google, the World Wide Web’s leading authority, gives authors the added advantage of having more credibility through its Google authorship. How does it work? Every writer knows the importance of being friends with Google. That’s why they employ SEO, good content and all that stuff – all to please Google, the undisputed King of the Internet.

Google AuthorshipBut why do you really need Google Authorship? Here are three reasons:

  1. It gives you credibility. Credibility comes in the form of a Google ID. Think of it as your social security or driver’s license number that is only awarded to you and you alone. In the King’s eyes, this ID means that you are the original author.
  2. It identifies you with your content. This is your best defense against plagiarism.
  3. It can lead to more visitors to your site. Nothing spells more credibility than having your headshot beside your content’s link in Google. And as they say, pictures create more clicks than a thousand words ever can.

Setting Google Authorship Up

But how do you setup Google authorship in your WordPress site? Here’ how:

  1. Of course, you’ll have to have an account in Google +. Login, click your profile, and look for the area that says “contributor to and links”. Enter your link and save. Copy your Google+ profile link that appears in the address bar.
  2. Go to your WordPress dashboard and look for the Google+ option box. This is where you’ll paste your  Google+ profile link. Save it.
  3. Go to Google, key in “rich snippet tool” in the search box and look for http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets. Paste your link to the box that says URL and click preview. If you did it right, you’ll see your headshot beside your content’s link. Otherwise, you might be using an older version of WordPress or you might have issues with your theme.

For more details, please check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4gCdqKsJcU.

Yes, Google authorship gives writers like you more advantages and it’s easy to set up as well.

Migrate WordPress to a New Host with WP-DB-BACKUP Plugin


WP-DB-BACKUP WordPress Backup PluginJust the terms migrating or transferring a site to a new host sounds alien to people with very basic knowledge of WordPress. If you fit this bill, then terms like SQL, DNS, PHP and the like is enough to make you want to quit the project before you can even begin.

But what if you really need to transfer to a new host because your one doesn’t deliver its promises? What if you’re missing important clients because your site loads too slowly due to their internal issues?

Then, you definitely have to transfer your site to another host that’s known to be safe, reliable and fast. So how do you migrate WordPress without losing your files and ensure a safe transition from the original to the new host? Use the WP-DB-BACKUP Plugin.

Here are some of the benefits of using this plugin:

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to set up
  • Compatible with most hosting providers
  • Has a folder for all your content

How to Move Your WordPress Site to a New Host

Moving your WordPress site from your current host to a new one can be done in ten steps as shown below.

Log in to your site and do the following:

  • Install WP-DB-BACKUP Plugin and backup your database.
  • Backup your Content files via FTP. Look for the wp-content folder, right click and choose download. That should download all your content, images, plugins, themes. It’s important to copy as it is, otherwise, when you switch to the new site, the images and the content might not match.
  • Paste to Filezilla and wait until it finishes downloading all your files.
  • Point DNS to new host. Put the IP address to the new host and click save.
  • Wait for propagation which takes about 1-2 hours.
  • Install WordPress on new host.
  • Open your Filezilla and upload your saved files.
  • Upload database backup. Click WP options and import all data.
  • Once everything’s uploaded, click browse in phpMyAdmin and look for your URL. It’s important that this URL and the one you’re moving your Wp site to is the same.
  • Enter your URL in a web browser and check your website. You’ll see that it’s the exact replica of your old one – from themes to images and even your old passwords.

Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnigbbtC_rk for a more detailed tutorial.