mk Simple Backups



On a page within the Tools Submenu, youll find a simple form which lets you choose the ingredients of a current Backup:

  • Uploads (either by scanning your Upload Directory, or by fetching Attachments from your Database)
  • Active Theme (and its parent theme, if used)
  • SQL-Dump containing the Mysql Database
  • A list of active Plugins

Backups will be stored within a folder in wp-content and be downloadable from the Backend. Once the downloads are finished, the backup files on the Server can be flushed.

Whats good:

  • Simple: Choose what is included in your Backup and download the resulting ZIP Archive from your Backend
  • Unobtrusive: Its nested within the Tools submenu and comes without any bling bling, following default WP Backend Styles
  • Lightweight: 28KB zipped, 72KB unzipped

The plugin author does not take any responsibility for the safety of your data or the integrity of the generated backups.


This plugin uses 2createStudios shuttle export Script for SQL Export:

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As always:

  1. Upload mk-simple-backups to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress


After installing and activating the Plugin, it will create a new page called Backup in the Backend. This page is nested within Tools.

It allows you to create simple Backups from your Backend containing: Active Theme, Database, Uploads. The generated Archive can then be downloaded and stored on your local drives. After downloading, the plugin allows easy flushing of the server-side files.

It is not advised for two reasons: first) when your Hosting/Server breaks, a server-side backup might go down with it and second) the sql-dump contains usernames for your wordpress installation, hence it must not be permanently stored on the server

Plugins are a vital part of many WordPress Installations, which makes them prime candidates for a backup. However, there are a couple of reasons not to include them: a) They outdate quickly, making a backed up Version easily obsolete, b) Plugins can get large and in quantity would slow down Backups considerably, c) They must not include custom code and therefore can easily be re-downloaded in current or older Versions from the repository. This plugin can generate a plain-text list of currently active Plugins with their respective Version-Number and the Plugin-URI.

This Plugin was designed around the idea of having a simple tool to create small Backups before updating WordPress. Scheduled and automatic Backups are currently not planned. If youre looking for something like that, I suggest looking elsewhere.

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