BackupBuddy and GoDaddy

BackupBuddy and GoDaddy have never really been buddies really. Been hard to run BackupBuddy on GoDaddy to say the least, but I am here to tell you there are options to make it work on GoDaddy as running backups from the Dashboard fail most if not all the time. The option is running backups from the shell. This  you can of course only do if can access the site from shell and know how to use shell commands and or follow this short tutorial.


First of all you need to install WP CLI, the wonderful WordPress command line that is completely open source. GoDaddy explains how this can be done here. FYI this guide can be followed to upgrade WP CLI as well.

You first access GoDaddy using shell like so:


Then you use curl to download WP CLI:

 curl -O

Shell - Download WP CLI
Then you make sure the file can be executed

 chmod +x wp-cli.phar

And to check the functionality of WP CLI you can run the following command:

 php wp-cli.phar --info

Then you create an alias so you can use wp instead of the entire path to the file. Mind you that you make sure you have the PHP phar file in your home directory or else move it there.


NB If you were following this guide for updating WP CLI you should be done now.

 alias wp='~/wp-cli.phar'

Once the alias is created add it to .bashrc:

 echo "alias wp='~/wp-cli.phar'" >> .bashrc

and make sure it is taken up in the current Bash session:

 source .bashrc

Once that is done the wp cli command line tool should be working and we can move on to running BackupBuddy from the commandline.

Backup with BackupBuddy from the Command Line

Now from the command line you can do the following command to do a full backup:

 wp backupbuddy backup 2

Number two is related to a FULL backup of the site. Once that command is given a full backup will be run without I/O or RAM issues and you will see that it can be done!

Extra Tip

You could also add a crontab job from GoDaddy (see document at GD here) to run the script automatically on certain times, but that is for another tutorial.

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Jasper Frumau

Jasper has been working with web frameworks and applications such as Laravel, Magento and his favorite CMS WordPress including Roots Trellis and Sage for more than a decade. He helps customers with web design and online marketing. Services provided are web design, ecommerce, SEO, content marketing. When Jasper is not coding, marketing a website, reading about the web or dreaming the internet of things he plays with his son, travels or run a few blocks.