Backing up the website allows the user to retrieve the current version if something goes wrong. Few things can break a website like server crash, an external assault, an error happening during an update or even by human error. Clients are not capable of controlling errors happening on the server side. In general, people working with servers might likewise make few mistakes.
These errors can be extreme where complete or a part of the site is altered. Clients might lose articles, images, videos and even can lose access to their own site. So, to avoid this from happening backing up the site should be done.
Clients can recover the lost WordPress files by downloading a new archive from WordPress.org. For example, exceptions for those that are put into the wp-content subdirectory and the wp-config.php files at the beginning.
Indeed, even different files can be recovered with an official archive, backing up them is not pointless by not downloading another installation. The user can pick up time and re-upload the entire site at the earliest.
In general, the user need to download some files like media, but should install a new plugin or modify the changes for the own theme. By default, WordPress sorts media files by month and year. In general, WordPress site contains the following files.
The image below shows some files listed in a wp-content folder for a WordPress site created locally.
Follow the steps below in order to back up the WordPress database.