WordPress: What is the best way to save all media files from a site that is being deleted soon?

This is for a possible new client project.

* Their current website is coming down in a few days (so the XML export I believe will not be an option for a future upload). The hosting and site files will be deleted.
* What is the best way to export all the media files (in case they want to reuse some images on the new site).


  1. Download the /wp-content/uploads/ folder. As long as you’re ok with your images, etc not being associated with the page content.

    I’d also take a full backup – use Updraft.

  2. Use ssh to log into the server and make a tar ball of the uploads folder. Then download the tar ball


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