It’s always a good idea to make a backup of any page you plan to edit before you go ahead and make any changes.

That way, should things not go to plan, you can easily start again.

Sometimes even a straightforward change, such as replacing one image with another, can go awry or mess up the formatting.

So be sure to follow this simple procedure before you dive in and start editing.

UPDATE Jan 2017 – WordPress now makes it much easier to revert to a previous version of your page. So making a back-up copy isn’t as vital – but it’s still a useful precaution if you’re a little unsure about what you’re doing. For more information on how to undo changes with WordPress’s built-in Revisions feature, check out this post on the WP Beginner website.

Step 1 – Log in and go to the page you want to edit or update.

WP login

Step 2 – Right-click on any part of the content in the editor panel and choose Select All.

Select all for backup


Step 3 – Right-click again and choose Copy.

Copy all for backup


Step 4 – Click the Add New button near the top of the screen. If prompted, confirm you want to leave the page.

Click Add New


Step 5 – Enter a title for your backup page – it’s good practice to include the word ‘backup’.

Add New title backup


Step 6 – Click inside the main text editor panel. Right-click and choose Paste.

Paste for backup


Step 7 – Click the Save Draft button.

Save draft - backup


Step 8 – Click View Preview to check your backup page.

Preview - draft


Once you’ve completed your update and are happy with it, you can simply delete your backup page. To do this, click on Pages from the Dashboard menu, find the backup page, move your cursor over the page title and click Trash.

Trash draft backup


You can view a video of these steps in How to make a page backup on the video tutorial page