WordPress Database Backup Plugin

WordPress Database Backup lets you backup on-demand your WordPress database.
wp-db-backup takes advantage of the WordPress cron system which means it can setup your backups to occur at almost any frequency.

Download the latest version


Extract wp-db-backup.php, upload it into /wp-content/plugins/
and activate it under the Plugins menu.


How to Use

Step 1 – Click the Manage menu in your WordPress admin area.
Click the Backup sub-menu.

Screenshot Manage Backup.

Step 2 – The plugin will look for other tables in the same database.
Select how you’d like the backup to be delivered:

  • Save to server : this will create a file in /wp-content/backup-*/ for you
    to retreive later
  • Download to your computer : this will send the backup file to your browser
    to be downloaded
  • Email : this will email the backup file to the address you specify

Screenshot of Database Backup Options.

Step 3 – Click “Backup!” and your database backup will be delivered to you.

The filename of the backup file will be of the form DB_prefix_date.sql

  • DB = the name of your WordPress database, as defined in wp-config.php
  • prefix = the table prefix for this WordPress blog, as defined in wp-config.php
  • date = CCYYmmdd_B format: 20050711_039 the “B” is the internet “Swatch” time.
  • See the PHP date() function for details.

When having the database backup emailed or sent to your browser for immediate download, the backup file will be deleted from the server when the transfer is finished. Only if you select delivery method “Save to server” will the backup file remain on your server.

This tutorial is included in the Launching a WordPress Blog EBook by Pat Geary and Tina Clarke. You may download the EBook FREE from Genealogy Web Creations or Any Expression Designs.

Signature Plugin for WordPress

Recently, I upgraded my WordPress Blogs to the latest version 2.3. At the same time I thought it might be nice to add my signature to some of my posts. I was checking the list of plugins that work with WP version 2.3 and found Signature Plugin for WordPress by Dagon Design

This plugin lets you display a custom signature at the bottom of your posts. Simply type the text you want in the options page and configure it to display on every post, or manually display it by adding the trigger text wherever you like. You can also add in author information using the included variables – login name, first name, last name, nickname, email address, website, and description/bio. It get this information from the author’s account settings. It currently supports up to three different signature templates.

Download and Install the Signature Plugin

I downloaded the signature plugin script from the Dragon Design website and uploaded it to the plugin folder.
Make sure when you are uploading with your ftp program, you change the transfer File Type to ASCII. Once uploaded, you will need to activate the plugin before it will work.

Screenshot activate signature plugin.
Click thumbnail for larger image.


You can use HTML and CSS in your signatures so I created a graphic image using a font I liked. I added some text and a link to my main website Genealogy Web Creations and created a style to reduce the size of the font. The script can be customized and can automatically insert your signature or you can do it manually. I chose to manually insert my signature by inserting the code.

<!-- ddsig -->

Full instructions are available at Dragon Design for customizing the signature plugin.

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Launching A WordPress Blog EBook

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This checklist can be printed from the book and will give you an idea of the topics Covered Include:

  1. Getting started with a WordPress Blog
    1. Requirements for Installing WordPress – Before you get started make sure your host givesyou the tools you need. One host that we know of who does not is 1and1 UK Home packages. Did you read to the bottom of the page?
    2. Installing Database
    3. Download WordPress
    4. Configure wp-config-sample file – Did you read the instructions all of the way through? Did you rename the file?
    5. Configure a FTP Client – If you are already using an ftp client that works,
      it is not necessary to download FileZilla. Use the one you are comfortable with, but make sure if you’re using another ftp client to set it to ASCII.
    6. Installing WordPress
    7. Setting up WordPress – Did you read to the bottom of the page? Do not try and install a new theme yet. Work with the default one until you have finished setting up.
    8. Options Permalinks – If your url looks like http://your-domain.com/hello-world.php
      rather than http://your-domain.com/?p123
      you followed the instructions. Ready for the next step?
    9. Configure WordPress Categories – Did you follow all of the instructions to the bottom of the page? Don’t worry; you can add more categories later.
    10. Setting WordPress Preferences – Read it all!
    11. Installing WordPress Themes – Now you are finally here. Read it all to the very bottom. It will take you longer to decide on choosing a theme than anything else. Once you have installed the theme, take the time to check how it looks in the various browsers, does it have a horizontal scroll? Does it validate? Do you know enough to tweak it until it works like it is supposed to or would you be better off choosing another one?
    12. Creating SEO Titles in WordPress – Did you follow all of the steps? Did you
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    13. Disable NoFollow Attribute in WordPress – If you don’t read to the very bottom, you will miss the bit about writing posts. After all, that is what your blog isfor.
  2. WordPress Essentials
    1. WordPress Plugins
      1. Akismet Plugin – If you don’t want to be plagued by spam, read and configure this plugin.
      2. Sitemap Plugin – Read all the way to the bottom or you will end up with the word category beside all of your categories.
      3. WordPress Database Backup – An easy way to backup your database.
      4. WordPress Ready Contact Form – Do you want your readers to be able to contact you? Then you need a form for them to use. Don’t skip this part.
      5. How Trackback and Pingback works in WordPress Learn how they work, how to use them and when to use them.
      6. Moving a WordPress Blog – More advanced but someday you may want to move from a sub-domain to a domain all its own.
      7. Upgrading WordPress Program – Read and implement carefully, WordPress regularly updates and improves the program, so be ready with the instructions at hand.
      8. WordPress API – You will need this for configuring your Akismet Spam Plugin.
      9. WordPress Tips
  3. Desktop Blogging Clients – These are more advanced topics for you to explore, if you find you don’t like the WordPress interface to post your blogs, these desktop blogging clients are a safe alternative.
    1. Windows Live Writer
      1. Setting Up Windows Live Writer
    2. BlogDesk
      1. Installing BlogDesk
      2. BlogDesk Configuration
      3. Creating Posts in BlogDesk
      4. Inserting Images in Posts
      5. Publishing with BlogDesk
      6. BlogDesk Options
      7. BlogDesk Extras

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