When was the last time you backed up your website? If you had to think about it, it’s been too long ago.
Backing up your website regularly is absolutely vital. Every experienced website owner knows this. Unfortunately, many new website owners do not take backing up as seriously as they should. This is sometimes down to the assumption that everything will be OK and other times they’ve looked into backing up their files and decided it was either too time-consuming or too costly. But reality, if something with your website goes wrong, you could lose everything. That brand-spanking new responsive website you just shelled out a chunk of change for? It would be gone. That blog you’ve been laboring over and building up over the past year? Gone. Just like that!
Some larger businesses can afford to tempt fate and not back up their website as they can simply get another one built – but if they are that large a business then usually they make regular backups. But, can you, as a small businesses, afford not to back up your website? Can you afford to pay out for another website to be built if your current site vanishes?
No hosting company in the world can offer 100% uptime and reliability. Even the best premium hosting companies have had severe problems with their data centers. Your website can experience irregular downtime and problems during this time for days.
When a server does go down, the hosting company usually (but not always) can retrieve the data. However, even if your website data can be retrieved, you might have to return to a version of your website that is a few days old. Therefore, when your hosting company goes down, you could potentially lose a few days of work.
WordPress Websites are Vulnerable to Hacking
As we all know hackers have become commonplace on the web. Whilst we here stories that hackers steal credit card numbers and other sensitive information, but more than often people hack websites simply to prove to themselves or others that it is possible. If your website is online, there is always the chance that it may become compromised. Even simple blogs get hacked.
Plus, WordPress is by far the most used CMS for business websites and blogging. This is perhaps why it’s often a target so often for hackers and spammers. Even if you use a security plugin on your website, there is still the risk of a malicious script injecting malware or a virus onto your website.
We all make mistakes. It’s perfectly possible that yourself or a co-worker/employee might click a wrong button or delete a necessary file by accident. When you backup your files, you have a fresh copy of your site to pop back on the server if any thing goes wrong. Mistakes are not something that happen every day, but when they do happen, you will be glad of any recent backups you have.
Updates Gone Wrong
Regular updates to features/plugins and increase security are important and recommended, but they don’t always go as planned. This is why WordPress always tells you to perform a backup before updating. Websites have numerous components, including plugins, themes, software, and back-end programming. An awry update to any of these can take your website offline.
Backing up WordPress for the technically minded
The WordPress website has a handy little guide on how to back up your website properly, although you do need to be a little technically minded.
Backing up WordPress for the non-technically minded
Not too technically proficient or simply don’t have the time/want the hassle? We offer a WordPress Management service to ensure your website is always backed up. Our service features regular backups, virus and malware checks, aswell as SEO Analysis. Check it out!