How To Create A Backup Of Your Divi Website Tutorial By Pee Aye Creative

How To Create A Backup Of Your Divi Website

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a backup of your Divi website and explain why they are so helpful and important.

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Siteground Hosting Website Backup Example

Siteground is one of my personal recommended hosts for Divi. They have their own built-in backup and restore tool that is really easy to use! If you are using Siteground and want to create a backup of your website, be sure to follow their own full guides on their site: SiteGround Backup Tool.

To create a website backup with Siteground, you need to follow these steps:

Create A New Website Backup

Go to the Siteground and login into your account. From the Websites tab, locate the website and click on Site Tools. Once inside the Site Tools, click on Security in the menu on the left-hand side and then click on Backups.

create a Divi website backup in Siteground

Here you will see a list of all the backups from the past 30 days. These are automatically enabled in Siteground, so there is no need to do anything.

manage your Divi website backups in Siteground

If you want to create a new manual backup, this is very easy. Just look for the option to “Create New Backup” and type in a name. Then click the orange “Create” button to create your website backup.

create new Divi website backup in Siteground

The system will then process the request, and when it is completed you will see a confirmation stating the backup has been created.

Restore A Backup To The Live Site

If you had some issue with the site and want to restore a backup, first decide which backup to restore. Then click the contextual menu to reveal the available restore options that Siteground provides.

restore a Divi website backup in Siteground

You can see that there are three main options for the website. Since Siteground does a full backup of the files and database by default, you would almost always want to choose the top option to Restore All Files and Databases.

It will then give you a popup box asking you to confirm with a reminder that restoring the selected backup will replace all of your current files and databases.  

Cloudways Hosting Website backup Example

Cloudways is also one of my personal recommended hosts for Divi. They have their own built-in backup tool that is really easy to use! If you are using Cloudways hosting and want to create a website backup, be sure to follow their own full guides on their site: How to Backup a Specific Application.

To create a website backup with Cloudways, follow these steps:

Manage Server Backups

Log into your Cloudways account and go to your server settings. This is where the backups are configured for your entire server and applications. From the menu on the left side, and click on “Backups.” 

manager server backups on Cloudways

Here you will see the backup settings. You can schedule a time for the backups to take place automatically, set their frequency, and choose how long they are retained on the server. You can choose from 1 hour to 7 days for the frequency, and up to 4 weeks for the retention.

Backup And Restore An Application

To create a backup or restore a backup of an individual application, navigation to the application and click on the  “Backup And Restore” item in the menu on the left side.

create a Divi website backup in Cloudways

From this screen, you can see the options to either backup or restore your application. These options are pretty self-explanatory.

To create an on-demand backup of the entire application files and databases, click “Take Backup Now” it will process the backup and give a confirmation when completed.

To restore the site, you can choose the date and time from the dropdown and then click “Restore Application”

back up your Divi website with UpdraftPlus

Once you click the button, a popup will appear with some options. Go ahead and leave those as they are and click the Backup Now button.

take a backup of your Divi website with UpdraftPlus

You will get a confirmation that the backup has finished.

The backup will now appear in the list at the bottom of that page. 

manage Divi website backups with UpdraftPlus

You can choose to download the backup files if you want.

To restore the files, click the blue “Restore” button and it will prompt you to select which options you want to restore.

Divi Specific Backups

So far, we have only talked about taking an entire backup of your website. But Divi also has some of its own “backup” features which you may not have considered, so I would like to point these out.

  • Theme Options
  • Customizer Settings
  • Theme Builder Layouts
  • Page Layouts
  • Divi Library Layouts

Create Divi Theme Options Backup

Did you know, you can save yourself some time on new websites by exporting and importing the Divi Theme options? But you can also use this portability feature as a backup.

When you go to Divi>Theme Options you can see the up/down arrow icon in the top right corner.

Divi Theme Options Backup

Click the icon and you will get a Portability popup box like this:

Export Divi Theme Options as a Backup

Go ahead and export the Divi Theme Options file and save it on your computer.

Create Divi Theme Customizer Settings Backup

I don’t user these anymore, but if you are still living in the past and use the Divi Theme Customizer, then you can also export these settings and use them as a backup. When you go to Divi>Theme Customizer you can see the up/down arrow icon in the top left corner.

Divi Theme Customizer Backup

Click the icon and you will get a Portability popup box like this:

Export Divi Theme Customer settings as a Backup

Go ahead and export the Divi Customizer settings file and save it on your computer.

Create Divi Theme Builder Backup

This is one of the most important Divi backups you can make. Having a Theme Builder template backup has saved the day for me in the past. I highly recommend taking a backup of the Divi Theme Builder at least once when you are done creating a site.

The Theme Builder has the option to export each template individually, but it also has an option to export them all at once, and this is less time-consuming.

Go to the Divi>Theme Builder and look for the up/down arrow icon in the top right corner of the page. 

Divi Theme Builder Backup

Click the icon and you will get a Portability popup box like this:

Export Divi Theme Builder templates as a Backup

Go ahead and export the Divi Theme Builder templates file and save it on your computer. 

Create Backup Of Visual Builder Layouts

If you want to backup individual Divi page layouts, you can certainly do that as well using the portability feature. Go to the page you want to export and enable the Visual Builder. Open the page settings menu and click the up/down icon to bring up a popup where you can enter a name for the layout. Click the blue export button to export the layout as a JSON file and store it on your computer.

Export Divi Page Layout as a Backup

Create Backup Of Divi Library Layouts

I personally have never felt the need to do this, but if you want you could also make a backup Divi Library layouts. Simple go to Divi>Divi Library and click on the Import & Export button in the top left corner of the page.

Divi Library Backup

Click the button and you will get a Portability popup box like this:

Export Divi Library layouts as a Backup

Go ahead and export the Divi Library layouts file and save it on your computer.

Create WordPress Media Library Backup

The hosting and plugins backup methods that we already discussed also include the files located in the WordPress Media Library. But depending on your reasons, you may want to backup the images and files separately. 

You will need to access your website files. This can usually be done in your hosting account, cpanel, or via FTP. Another option is to use a file manger plugin. Either way, you need to access the uploads folder on the server, which is always located at public_html>wp-content/uploads. Here you will see a folder named “uploads.” Just select that folder (compress it if there is an option for that in your hosting) and download it. And now you have all the website media files backed up on your computer.

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Last updated Sep 14, 2021 @ 3:00 am

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Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

Nelson is the owner of Pee-Aye Creative Co in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. He loves helping small businesses, exploring, building websites with Divi, and teaching others.
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