It is imperative that you back-up your website to forestall against issues like hacking, security breaches, network errors, and most importantly, so you can have all your files easily accessible and so you won’t lose important data.
Backing up your website keeps you protected from little errors that can have tremendous consequences, like when you accidentally delete an important file or your site gets corrupted. Maybe your site engineer makes a mistake and erroneously makes a huge blunder.
Backups are also important just before you update your website. This secures your files so you remain protected in case an unexpected update error occurs or a team member with access to your site makes a mistake. As with most websites, sometimes you may want to update the theme, plugins or integrations and sometimes, this updated software may not be compatible with your website. So instead of losing precious data, you can simply revert to your backup and look for an alternative theme, plugin or integration that would sync with the rest of your site.
A backup also comes in handy in cases where you want to transfer your web hosting to a new provider. This means you will have to transfer all your site files from one server to another, much like packing from an old house to a new one. I don’t have to tell you the rigorous process involved where items break, go missing or get stolen. This won’t be a problem if you have the complete version of your house saved in other places so whatever goes missing or gets lost in transition can be easily replaced at no extra cost.
It goes without saying that when a site goes down, especially an online store, the site owner will lose money. A backup prevents unnecessary loss of sales and potential clients. You can seamlessly restore your backup site and business goes on. Amazon estimated that even just a tiny bit of downtime during any of their prime events could cost them about 72-99 million.
In backing up your website, it is advisable that you save it in multiple places like the cloud and on your server. It is not wise to have your file saved in only one location.
How to Perform a Website Backup
- Ask Your Web Host
Yes. You can ask your web hosting company to back up your website on their servers. Here at Broaddrive, we are just an email, a chat or a call away.
- Control Panel
You can backup your website yourself through your control panel. You can request the login details to your cPanel and it will be sent to you. However, only expert technicians should have access to your cPanel and should be authorised to make changes. This is because a cPanel is the live wire of your website. It’s like giving someone absolute control over your website. With just a click of a button, your website can be deleted forever, massive changes can be made as well as massive mistakes. Do not attempt to use your cPanel to backup your website yourself with your cPanel.
- Manual FTP
You can manually copy your website files using the File Transfer Protocol. The File Transfer Protocol is a standard network protocol used for the transfer of computer files between a client and server on a computer network.
- Backup Plugin
You should know that there is a plugin available for practically anything you may wish to do regarding your website. It goes to follow that plugin are available to help you backup your website.
- UpdraftPlus is a popular free plugin you can use to backup fully, manually or even schedule a backup of all the files on your website including the plugins, database and themes. It also allows cloud storage in Dropbox. Google Drive, etc. with this plugin, you can easily restore your website.
- BackupBuddy is another plugin you can use to backup your website. it allows you backup your site directly from your dashboard. Its unique feature is its free Stash Live storage that backs up your website continuously including new posts.
- Other Backup plugins include VaultPress, BackWPUp, BackUpWordpress, Duplicator and many more.
It is recommended that you do a backup regularly especially as you update and add new posts and content to your site. As earlier stated, having several backups of your website placed In different locations saves you a lot of stress, headache, money and time in cases of emergencies.
You can reach us at Broaddrive for any help with backing up your website.