Tutorial on How to Backup your WordPress Theme using FTP. Every WordPress user should learn how to backup a theme and it will help in case if the theme is broken or WordPress installation is crashed. Any WordPress theme will be in a .ZIP format and can be installed directly from the dashboard. But, coming to the backup you need to have access to the FTP of your hosting account and here is the detailed guide on it.
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Is it necessary to Backup WordPress Theme ?
In our view it is necessary to backup WordPress theme, because it will be helpful at a certain point of time. Here are some reasons:
- If you have customized your WordPress theme, then an update will wipe-off all the changes. So before updating your theme to next version, take a backup.
- Helpful, if you are editing theme files to add or remove code. Having a backup will help to replace any corrupted file in your theme very easily.
- If you own more than one blog and if you wish to use the same theme on other blogs with some changes in it, then you need to have a backup.
And many other reasons to backup WordPress theme. Now, lets move-on to tutorial:
How to Backup your WordPress Theme ?
Step 1: Download and install any FTP client software like FileZilla.
Step 2: Login to FTP account using Host, Username and Password. If you dont have them, you can get these details from your hosting account.
Step 3: From here onwards you need to navigate to the themes folder and the very first thing is open
Step 4: Now, Go to wp-content folder and you can see a list of many folders like Themes, Plugins, Uploads etc. Just open Themes folder by clicking on it.
Step 5: You can see a list of all themes available in your WordPress blog and just one more step, you are done with the backup of theme.
Step 6: Right-click on the theme folder and click on Download button, theme will be downloaded to your desktop and it means you got a backup.
You can archive the folder to .ZIP file format and can use it on other blogs also.
Other Methods to Backup WordPress Theme
Only alternative method is saving theme files one-by-one from Theme Editor in your WordPress Dashboard. This is not recommended and is helpful in case if you dont have access to the FTP. Just Login to WordPress, go to
Appearance > Editor and you can see a list of all available theme files.
Open every file in Editor, copy code to notepad and save it with same name and extension. Once you are done with every file, move them to a folder and archive it in .ZIP format. Voila, you have successfully got a Backup of WordPress Theme.
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