Website Backup

Nothing is worse than discovering that all the material on your website is suddenly gone. You may have been working on your website or blog for years, and suddenly, all your hard work is gone, which is especially bad if you make a lot of money from your website.

Unfortunately, these things happen occasionally and can be caused by a server crash or a nasty hacker. Thankfully, you can always restore your website if you have a backup at your hosting company or elsewhere.

Many web hosts back up all your websites for you on a daily basis, partly to keep you safe and partly because the web host is responsible for your lost websites in case their server crashes.

If your website or websites are affected, the web host will restore them from their latest backup, but keep in mind that if your website was last backed up four hours ago, all the material you have added since then is gone.

Why is Backup so Important?

1. Be able to feel safe.
You don’t know what will happen in the future. Maybe your web host accidentally deletes your website, or your computer breaks down. Whatever happens, you’ll be able to sleep much better at night when you have backups.

2. It’s not the web host’s responsibility to make backups for you.
Most hosting companies don’t back up your website, and there’s no guarantee they’ll give you access to the files if needed.

3. You need to be able to get your website up quickly if something happens.
It is important that you can get your website back up quickly. There are many reasons why, if you’re an e-commerce business, you won’t lose customers and potential income. It’s also important for SEO and your ranking in Google.

4. Protection against viruses: If your website gets infected by a virus, there’s not much you can do in hindsight. Backing up your website regularly protects against viruses, as you can quickly restore your website to a previous version that was not infected.

5. Is my local developer copy enough?
Most people have a local development site that they use to test new features before they go live. Unfortunately, you usually don’t have an up-to-date database file. All posts and comments are in the database of, for example, WordPress. Also, the difference between the test and live websites may be so significant that they are not directly compatible.

Backup with a WordPress plugin

Using the WordPress publishing tool, you can install a plugin to back up your website’s database.

There are many such plugins; search “backup” among the plugins in the WordPress control panel, and you’ll get lots of hits.

With most backup plugins, you can set how often your website should be backed up and back it up immediately after you have updated the site. We recommend that everyone who uses WordPress makes a backup with a WordPress plugin because it is a straightforward way to back up your website.

Backup on Your Web Host :

Many web hosts do this automatically every day. The problem is that automatic backups are temporary and are usually only available for about a month.

So if you are on holiday, for example, or simply didn’t notice that something happened to your website in time, you may not be able to restore your website to a working situation. Therefore, it is always a good idea to permanently back up your website from time to time.

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