Do you Backup your Website Enough?

Website Backups…you may be asking, “Why do I need to?” and thinking “Nothing’s changed on my site, no need!” A popular blog WP WordPress Coach tells us that a lot of undesirable events can happen to your site like:

  • If you update the core WordPress files or a plugin, sometimes the update may not run properly and you may need to restore your backup & start again.
  • If you’re tinkering with your site and playing in areas that perhaps you shouldn’t be (e.g. in the functions.php file), depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to restore your backup.
  • If your site gets hacked, having a backup to restore to will mean all your hard work doesn’t go down the drain.

There are many opinions and thoughts on how often you should backup your website. Ideally, once per day would be a great frequency to ensure nothing would ever get lost or damage any files. This is not the most realistic backup process for every day, working businesses. iThemes.com had some suggestions based on what you do with your site:

  • If you upload, update or change your themes or plugins at least once a week, you should make full backups no less than twice a month.
  • If you upload, update or change your themes or plugins at least once a month, you should make full backups no less than once a month.
  • If you upload, update or change your themes or plugins less than once a month, you should make full backups no less than once a month.

A backup of your site is like an insurance. You might not need it, but if you don’t have it when the time comes, you’re screwed! Lucky for you, at Real Basics, we are a managed service! That means we have monitored manual and automatic backups over 2 times per week. If your site fails a backup on our service? No problem! We make sure all your data is safe by manually getting into your site to fix that patch and backing it up again! Having us monitor and manage your site can take that time consuming backup process off of your to-do list. Give us a call to see how we can make your backups seamless!

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David Innes, RealBasics.com

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981.