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Keeping your WordPress theme backed up and secure is an important part of website maintenance. If you don’t have a backup of your theme, you could lose your hard work in the event of a server crash or hacker attack. Fortunately, it’s easy to create a backup of your WordPress theme. Let’s take a look at how to do it quickly and easily.

Backing Up Your Theme Using the Admin Panel

The easiest way to backup your theme is through the admin panel. To do this, log into your WordPress dashboard and head to Appearance > Themes. You’ll find all of your installed themes here. Click on the one you want to back up and select “Export” from the menu that appears above it. This will generate a .zip file that contains all of the files associated with the selected theme, including any customizations or tweaks you may have made over time. Save this file somewhere safe for future use — preferably offsite — just in case something were to happen to your web server.

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Backing Up Your Theme Manually

You can also choose to manually back up your WordPress theme by downloading all of its associated files via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). To do this, first connect to your hosting account with an FTP client like FileZilla or WinSCP and navigate to /wp-content/themes/. Here, you’ll see all of the folders corresponding with each installed theme on your site. Download whichever folder belongs to the theme you want to back up, then save it somewhere safe for future use offsite as with before — just in case something were to happen!


No matter what kind of website you run using WordPress, knowing how to backup its themes is essential if you want them preserved in case something goes wrong at some point down the road. It doesn’t take long and can be done either through the admin panel or by manually downloading every single file associated with a specific theme via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Doing so will ensure that no matter what happens in the future, you always have access to those same files when needed!

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