Welcome to the Blogger Series, this is our first of many articles dedicated to the bloggers out there. We will be covering all aspects of running a blog and lots of how-tos.
In this episode, we are covering one of the most important parts of running any website, backups! Most hosting companies will provide free backups and most bloggers will think “I don’t need to worry about it”, this is mostly true but there are many reasons why you shouldn’t just rely on your hosting provider to backup your blog data. Having your own backups gives you extra security that your data is safe. Let’s go through some of the main instances we have seen and read about:
- Your website has got hacked and you ask your hosting provider for a restore BUT the backups contain the same hacked content because you have only just been informed of the issue on your site.
- You lost all your data on your website due to a hack or bad plugin that was installed/updated and your provider has a backup from one week ago but you had created 20 blog articles since that date.
- You need to restore your blog but your hosting providers backup is corrupted, this is the worst case scenario and it just comes down to “technology fails sometimes”. No matter how good a hosting provider is backups can fail for a large number of reasons and you won’t know until you try and restore them.
So after a few scary points of what can happen to your blog, we will go through a couple ways you can prevent them!
#1 Install your own WordPress Backup Plugin
There are so many WordPress backup plugins out there and we would recommend having a little look on the WordPress plugin site to find which one works best for you. The key feature we would recommend is being able to automatically transfer your blogs backup to an offsite service such as DropBox, Apple Cloud or Google Drive. You don’t want to store backups on the same server that you site runs. For example, our hosting comes with offsite backups and they are stored at a data centre in Germany (very offsite, should be offcountry). This ensures if everything fails such as the server, the data centre, the networks, everything, we are able to get access to backups. Our top picks for a backup plugin are:
- BackWPup By Inpsyde GmbH
This simple to use and free (always good) backup plugin handles the entire backup process and transfers your backups to services such as DropBox.
- UpdraftPlus By UpdraftPlus.Com, DavidAnderson
The most popular of the backup plugins, UpdraftPlus is packed with useful features and comes with a free and paid version.
- WordPress Backup and Migrate Plugin – BackupGuard By Backup Guard
One of the most feature rich backup solutions, even though BackupGuard comes with a free version: “Basic” package, you would need to pay for the minimum of the “Silver” package to see offsite backups to DropBox and FTP. Starting price of $9.95 for a lifetime license.
#2 Generate your own full backups in cPanel
If your WordPress hosting comes with cPanel then you will find creating backups as easy as A-B-C. We even have a video tutorial to help you through this.
As well as backing up your entire website you can backup your WordPress database. This is one of the most important elements of any website. Website files such as the HTML can be rebuilt easily or you can get away with installing a new WordPress theme but your database can’t be replaced so easily. The database holds all your data, your blog articles, comments etc. Make sure to back this up as much as possible.
Well, that is it for this episode, hope you found it useful and you now know how to backup your WordPress website. If you have any questions regarding backups feel free to contact a member of our team who will be happy to help.