If you have a website, you need to have a plan for backing it up. Just like any other important data, your website’s files and databases need to be backed up regularly. There are many ways to back up your WordPress site, but the most important thing is to make sure that you do it regularly. In this post, we will run through a few options available to you.
Why you should backup your website?
There are many reasons you should backup your website. Perhaps the most important reason is that it provides a safety net in case something goes wrong. If your website crashes or is hacked, you can restore it from a backup. This can save you a lot of time, money, and heartache. By backing up your website, you can easily restore it to its original state if it is lost or damaged.
Another great reason to back up your website is that it allows you to experiment with making changes to your website without fear of breaking your live site. You can test out new plugins, themes, and code changes on your staging site, and then push those changes to your live site if everything looks good.
Finally, having a backup of your site can be helpful if you ever need to move to a new host or change your domain name. If you have a backup, you can just restore your site to the new host without having to start from scratch.
How to back up your website
There are a few different ways you can back up your website.
One way is to use a plugin like WPVivid or Updraft. These plugins will create a zip file of your entire WordPress installation and store it either on your server or in the cloud.
To use WPVivid, you first need to download and then install the plugin on your WordPress site.
Once the plugin is installed, you’ll need to choose where you want your backups stored, this can be on the same server as your website (not recommended, if your server crashes, you’ll have lost both your website and your backup!!) or you can save it to a cloud account such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon S3. Which you choose is up to you, we always use Amazon S3 as it’s easy to set up, cost effective and secure.
After that, you can choose how often you want your website to be backed up. Usually, this is daily, weekly or monthly. If you have a website that doesn’t have a lot of updates, then weekly would be fine, if however, you have an online shop, you should definitely go for daily or even hourly.
Once you’ve configured all that, you can sit back, relax and let it work its magic, knowing that you have backups of your site stored away safely should anything bad happen!
Restoration of a backup is equally simple. WPVivid offers a pretty much ‘one click’ option to restore a backup, choose the backup you want to restore and Bob’s your uncle!
We’ve used a variety of Backup plugins over the years and have found WPVivid to be the best for our needs, affordable (they even have a free version), easy to use, reliable and they offer great support too.
If you fancy giving it a spin, then they offer a 30 day no risk money-back guarantee. If you use the discount code MONO20 then you will also get 20% off all orders on the site!
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