Why And How To BackUp Your Site

Backing up your site frequently is fundamental. Despite knowing that, numerous newbie bloggers don’t consider backing up as they should.

This happens most of the time because of the presumption that there is no reason to worry and everything will be fine.

I can’t recommend this enough, yet all sites are defenseless against hacking endeavors, DDOS assaults, information robbery and information misfortune.

Regardless of how secure your site is, you are subject to any of the above assaults.

However, Others have taken seriously in backing up their documents and files. Suddenly, if something is wrong with your site, you could lose everything and as a webmaster or a blogger, we know that we can’t afford to lose that.

You cannot let all the time you put into your site, sweat, money, and energy to waste. You need to keep your Blog security to the optimal level.

So, Here are some of the reason why you should backup your website

1) WordPress Websites are easily Vulnerable to Hacking

WordPress is the most used platform for Blogging

This may be the reason why it is so focused on every now and then by hackers and spammers to get their hands on it.

Regardless of whether you utilize a security Plugin or a service on your site, there is as yet the danger of a vindictive script infusing malware or an infection onto your site.

You may not even realize that your site is infected.

2) You Can’t Afford the risk

Some webmaster act like as if their site is invulnerable

This is not some game

Especially if your site is already established, you really can’t afford to lose it

If it turns out to go in an awful way, your blog would radically change and every one of your efforts, time and money would go to waste

Bottomline: Don’t play safe here

3) Human Error is Inevitable

Even if you think, that you have done everything perfectly, there are always some sort of flaw and loopholes

As they say “No one is Perfect” and that’s totally true

Everyone is vulnerable. Even the most experienced webmaster who has been working on their site for quite a while even commit errors every now and then.

Sometimes, if the software or the plugins are not updated, The file can get overwritten by malicious code or erased.

Or on the other hand, a basic MySQL command with a little mistake can lead to a lot of wrong data being updated and cause the site to break down

Errors are not something that is gonna happens each day, but rather when they do, if you have a copy of your backup, how relieving that could be

4) Server Outages

This doesn’t happen often but it could do a lot of damage to your site if it does happen

None of the hosting company can offer 100% uptime. Most of them had some sort of problem and issues with their data centers once in awhile.

Due to this, Some sites can encounter unpredictable downtime and issues for a long time

There are various reasons why a server can go down.

Here are some of them

  1. A) The server can go down in case there is a Power failure and is one of the most common factors in most data centers.
  2. B) Network Problem
  3. C) Hardware failure issues on the server.
  4. D) Suddenly, The operating system may stop functioning and it may hang until a reboot is performed.
  5. E) DOS Attack

At that point when a server goes down, the hosting company more often than not can recover your site data.

5) Hosting Company for Backups

If you are one of those guys where you rely fully on your hosting company to backup your site, You need to change that perspective

Yes, most of the web hosting company offer every day or week by week backups of your site. However In case something goes wrong, this enables you to get a duplicate of the last working form of your site.

But Most of the hosting company can only move back your entire site to a moment that your site was working correctly.

Let’s say, your website is backup weekly and some sort of problems arise and your site breaks down in the middle or near the end of the week

That means your whole week work isn’t back up and is gone to waste

You cannot let that happen. Can you?

How Often To Backup Your Site?

It depends from site to site.

For example, let’s say that your site activity is high — for instance, you get numerous comments and shares every hour — Or Are you publishing or editing your content more than once per day?

If so then, I would recommend you to go for a real-time backup service that automatically backups every time a new activity is detected.

However, if your site isn’t that crowded yet, and if not much is going on I would suggest you go for like once a week

It’s also based on personal preferences

What Tools to use For Backup?

There are many tools to use to backup your site at your disposal

However, for me personally  UpdraftPlus plugin does the job best

It also has the option to backup your files into the cloud such as Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, Updraft Vault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, OpenStack Swift, and email and you can easily restore with a click!

Benefits of UpdraftPlus

  1. A) Restores, as well as backing up
  2. B) It Is faster, using up fewer server resources
  3. C) It also Allows you to set up automatic backup schedules (helps inconvenience)
  4. D) UpdraftPlus can Backs up your data to more cloud options compared to others
  5. E)  Has been tested on over 1 million sites

And it’s so simple to use

Checklist For Before And After Backup

No matter what backup service or Programme you use, there are three things you should always check:

1) Check If the Backups are actually running

2) Locate and Know the location of your backups

3)Set up a test website and actually restore the data from the backup to ensure it is working properly.

How to Backup Your Site?

Go to UpdraftPlus Plugin on Plugin section of your WordPress dashboard and install it

After you activate it, You will find the Updraft in the Settings of your WordPress dashboard.

What I like about this plugin is that it’s so user-friendly and you cannot be lost and it’s so simple to navigate and use

The first thing you will see when you enter the plugin settings is the Backup

Now, Restore, and Clone/Migrate.

Clicking on Backup Now button and it will bring up a straightforward screen including a few settings but I recommend leaving the settings as it is and click on the Backup Now confirmation button.

The backup will take depending on the size of your site and server performance. Isn’t that simple!

There is no rocket science method involved here.

You can also schedule the backup and run in an automated mode

However, connect to any one of the cloud storage platforms by selecting one from the Settings tab.

That way, you no longer have to worry about backing up anymore

CONCLUSION

Your WordPress backups are worth the entire investment you’ve made in your website.

When The day comes where your site gets hacked or something goes wrong with an update, maybe your server crashes– if you hadn’t had good backups, you will lose everything.

WordPress like any CMS is very vulnerable to things like server crashes, Corrupt plugins, themes, security flaws, hacking.

If anything happened to your website, it would cost you dearly in time, money and reputation.

So, make sure to back up and instead keep your mind at ease and concentrate on producing quality content

Incidents usually occur when you least expect them.

If you haven’t backup your site, why are you still reading this article? Go back up your WordPress website Right Now.

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