Most people are under the impression that the administrators of WordPress itself will do backups for them. However, the fact is, that as the website owner, you are in charge of doing website backups. You are the one responsible for making sure your website is reliable and safe.
Think of the server as your desktop or laptop’s hard drive. If the system crashes, and there is no backup saved, the files you have are gone…forever!
Do Regular Backups Of Your Site
It’s important you backup your site on a regular basis to ensure the website’s most current files have been saved. How often should you backup the system? This will depend on two key points:
- How often changes are made
- How often you add content to the site
A frequent backup update will reduce your chances of losing any important data.
Do Include All Files And The WordPress Database Into Your Backup
When you do a backup of your WordPress database, you need to ensure it has everything – not just the WordPress database. Be sure your WordPress backup includes:
- Current WordPress software version of your website
- WordPress database
- All media files (images, PDFs, etc…)
- All plugin and theme files
Do Have The Ability To Do A Restore
If you have a backup copy of your site, it won’t do you any good if you don’t have access to it. Make sure you can access it, without any problems, so you can get your site back up and running as efficiently and quickly as you can. Your goal should be to minimize any potential downtime.
Don’t Rely On Web Host Backups
A plethora of hosts will offer the incentive of a backup feature for their hosting plans. However, you have no say or control on when these are done, and you can’t download the backup files. If you need access to that backup, your site could be down for hours or days before the hosting company will carry out the process.
Don’t Store Backups Only On The Web Server
Your site’s backup files should be stored in an additional location, off the web server. Should your server fail or become comprised, the files can then be accessed from the remote location. Once the server / site are back up and running, you can then upload your backup of the site. If you leave the files on the same server, you stand a greater chance at losing the backups, as well as your site!
If all of this still feels like too much or seems too overwhelming, WP Site Patrol has very reasonably priced monthly maintenance plans to assist with all of your WordPress website updates, backups, and security needs.
Stay safe out there and most importantly, have fun!