We all know that backup of our data is vital and most of us have (or at least should) have something in place for your local PC or laptop. But what about your website? A solid backup strategy is equally important but not as easy to answer as this is very much depending on your website and hosting. Here are a few backup strategies for various scenarios.
Manual Backup Strategies
If you change your website once a month or less then a manual back will be a sufficient solution. For most CMS like WordPress or Joomla you can get free backup plugins. After you made some changes run the backup and download the compressed file to your local computer. The download is an important step and should not be forgotten. If your server fails the hosting company will set it up again but they will not restore your website. In this worst case scenario your will require your local backup. So don’t forget to download it.
Automated Backup Strategies
If you change your website on a more regular basis or when you have a busy e-commerce site with daily orders you need a daily backup. You could still do that manually each day but that would became very inconvenient very quickly. Many of the free backup plugins that you can use manually offer a paid version that will do automatic daily backups for you. In most cases they also offer an external backup location like Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and several other. That has the advantage that the backup is stored for you rather then being placed on the server.
Hosted Backup Strategies
If your website is very large (for example a real estate website with thousand of images) you need a dedicated backup server and a backup managed by your hosting company. They will backup your website in the background onto their internal backup server. If anything fails the hosting company can restore your website very quickly. This services is an extra feature to the normal hosting and you need to check with your hosting company about the cost.
Restoring a backup
Several of the above mentioned backup plugins also offer easy restore procedures. They do require some knowledge like FTP to upload that file to the server. Even if you don’t know how to restore the website the downloaded file will help any IT personal. If disaster ever strikes you just hire somebody and within an hour your website will be back up again
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