Do you have a recent backup of your WordPress website? Are you 100% sure? I mean, really truly sure?
Yesterday, I read that a friend had lost everything overnight – there was an error with her credit card and her hosting plan wasn’t renewed. The hosting company deleted her site and now she has to pay $150 to recover it or start from scratch. A lot of clients tell me that they have a back up plan in place, but when I investigate, it often happens that the backup hasn’t been taking place at all.
Or perhaps you’ve been putting off updating WordPress or your plugins, because you’re worried that updating your site might break something and you’ve been meaning to check that your backup is working, but somehow you haven’t gotten around to it and now you have dozens of upgrade notices and you’re too too scared to push the button. Sound familiar?
Other common issues and misconceptions include:
- Assuming your hosting company is backing up your site. Some do but many don’t.
- Installing a backup plugin but not setting a backup destination for the files.
- Only backing up the database or the files, but not both
But by far the most common problem occurs when trying to back up websites with lots of large image files. Frequently, a backup plugin will time out when trying to zip up a large backup and send it. Because it takes a long time to execute, often the hosting server will decide there is probably an error and halt the backup, meaning it never arrives at its destination. Equally, there might be a problem during the transfer of a large zipped file.
So, what’s the answer?
Ideally, a backup system should be set and forget and give you total peace of mind. Here are my two favourite solutions for backing up your WordPress website.
For me, this is pick of the freebies. You can back up into the cloud (Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, email are all options) and you can restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can also have separate schedules. You can also upgrade to Updraft Vault / Premium which stores all of your backups to their own cloud service.
This is my favourite solution and the one I use for all of my own sites and client site backups. Once the Blogvault plugin is installed on your WordPress site, your entire site is backed up and then, from that moment on, the server automatically contacts the plugin everyday but only for new changes, so that all future backups are done in an incremental manner. This drastically reduces the chance of the backup failing and it means that you can revert back to any previous version going back 60 days. If there is any problem, you are automatically notified by email.
In addition, there is a new feature coming soon which will also scan your website for malware and any sign of hacking and alert you. You’ll then be able to login to your account and clean up infected files with one click or just revert to a previous version. In short, worrying about backups and hacking won’t be on your to-do list anymore.
So, are you backed up? Really, truly 100% sure?