The Importance of Backing up your WordPress Website/Blog
Most of us know it’s critical to regularly back up data that is on our personal computers. If you don’t know how important this is and if you are not keeping your pc data backed up; you are setting yourself up to learn a hard lesson. Think of all of the valuable information, data, and images you are at risk to lose if your hard drive crashes.
Just as backing up your data on your computer is important, backing up your WordPress website or blog to safeguard your content is essential. Yes, it’s another task to work into your busy schedule. But think about the time and energy you’ve invested in building your site or blog. I’m sure losing your content will result in some level of anxiety for you. It would for anyone.
If you haven’t already done so, you should decide (NOW) what your back up plan will be. Do it TODAY!
Safeguard your WordPress Website Content
As Murphy’s Law says, “if anything can go wrong, it will”. Smart business owners know the importance of a disaster recovery plan for business continuity. If you take the time to prepare for the worst, it can save you time in the long run as well as a lot of anxiety and frustration when disaster strikes – e.g. a hacker or a glitch with your hosting account server, your theme or plugin updates, etc.
While your hosting company may perform backups, you shouldn’t rely on this process alone to give you the protection you need. Why? Because there is no guarantee their backup will be successful; it may fail. Your web host will not be responsible for lost data. If you haven’t already done so, you should decide (NOW) what your back up plan will be. Do it TODAY! The list below includes some suggested back up practices:
- Do not depend on your web hosting company as your only backup resource.
- Back up your site/blog before updating WordPress and themes.
- Back up your site/blog if you’ve made major or substantial changes to your site and/or if you uploaded a lot of new content.
- Perform regularly scheduled backups of your entire site or blog.
- Perform regularly scheduled backups of your database.
- Keep three recent copies of your backup files.
- Keep your backup files in different locations other than your local server (such as Dropbox, Stash, Amazon S3).
- Keep copies of your most recent full backup files on your personal computer, on an external drive, CD/DVD, a thumb drive ~ something that you have full control over and access to.
Back Up Options for Your WordPress Website or Blog
The WordPress codex is a great resource to learn how to back up your WordPress files and your WordPress database.
CPanel: You can access your database using phpMyAdmin from your hosting account CPanel to perform backups.
FTP: Copy your site files to your computer using FTP and zip them so you can store several versions.
Backup Plugins for WordPress
WordPress Backup to Dropbox – is a plugin that can save you some time and effort. Use this plugin to create your back up schedule and have your website files dropped into your Dropbox account to be stored in the cloud.
BackWPup – Another plug-in that allows you to schedule your backups and send the files to Dropbox and other off site destinations and other services as well.
Backup Buddy– This plugin is available from IThemes. Once installed, you can check your site for malware, and perform a full backup your entire site or a backup of your database and store your backup files off-site on Dropbox, Amazon3, Stash. You can also email your backup files. Backups can be automated with the scheduling feature. Backup Buddy also has a migration and restore feature that allows you to restore your entire site or individual files in the event your content is wiped out for whatever reason or if you site gets hacked. You can also migrate your site to another domain or server through the dashboard.
When it comes to safeguarding your business, regular website/blog backups can help keep operations running smoothly with minimal interruptions.