WooCommerce sites aren’t like regular WordPress websites and therefore, their backup needs are very different. To backup your WooCommerce site correctly, you need to know a few factors that are at play:
- Files and Database – WordPress is designed for anyone to create a website without knowing the technical inner workings. But it’s important to know that your WordPress site is made up of files and databases. Your files contain site information and configurations, while your database contains posts, pages, users, comments, and the content of your site. You need to back up both elements.
- WooCommerce Database Table – Your WordPress database has 11 tables by default. When you use the WooCommerce plugin to power your eCommerce store, it creates its own separate table. Many backup solutions are designed to backup the default WordPress tables and miss the WooCommerce table.
- Real-time Data – WooCommerce websites have frequent data changes. Every time a customer signs up, adds items to their cart, or purchases something, new data is generated. Every piece of data is critical to the functioning and success of your online store. Therefore, you need real-time backups that copy every change made to your website instantly.
- Working Backups – You need a backup solution that is guaranteed to work when you need to restore your website. If your backup fails to restore your site to normal then it’s of no use.
- High Data Volumes – WooCommerce sites tend to have large amounts of data. You need a solution that can backup and store large volumes of data at high speeds.
- Downtime – Some backup solutions take hours or days to restore your site. You cannot afford to have any downtime on your site. In case things go wrong, you need a backup solution that minimizes downtime and restores your site in under a few minutes.
Backing up your WooCommerce database begins by accessing the phpMyAdmin.
- Log into phpMyAdmin.
- Click the database you are working with in the left menu.
- Click Export tab from the top navigation menu.
- Under the Export heading, ensure that all of your tables are selected and that the SQL option is selected.
- Then click on the GO button.
You will be prompted to either open or save the file. Please select the option to save the file .This backup file is usually a .sql file.