A robust backup system is the single most important tool in our arsenal. Without a clean backup, a site can be lost forever due to hackers, hardware failures, or mere carelessness. If your website is down, your business is effectively closed, costing you time, money, and customers. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. We’ve seen it before!
Backing Up WordPress
We already have backups. I think.
WordPress websites typically have at least “some” backup system, but is it enough? Probably not. It’s easier than you might think to completely lose your website. Web hosts do offer minimal backups, and there are backup plugins available, but how those tools are being used may be putting your website at substantial risk.
The scariest issue is that backups are often stored on the same server as your website. That means you could easily lose your backups at the same time as you lose your site! A hacker could simply delete the backups, or the backups could be unrecoverable due to hardware malfunction, natural disasters, or even server seizure by law enforcement.
Another “gotcha” is short backup periods – sometimes as short as seven days. It’s not long before clean backups are overwritten with new, corrupted versions. You have little time to discover the problem, contact your host’s half-interested support, and hope they restore it in time. Without monitoring, you might not even know about a problem until it’s too late.
Regardless of which backup system you use, periodic human reviews cannot be overlooked. Things can and do go wrong with any system. The only way to be 100% sure that your backup system is working is for someone is to “test restore” from the backups to ensure the site can be recreated in any worst-case scenario.
Is it really possible to lose your whole site?
Yes. Unfortunately, it’s something that can and certainly does happen – especially with 30,000 sites being hacked a day.
Server issues. Your site is only as stable as the hardware it lives on. Computers and servers crash. If your backups reside on a computer or server that goes down, you’re in trouble. Without an off-site system, you may never get those files back. Rebuilding your website from scratch is hard. There’s absolutely no reason you should ever have to do it.
Single backup location. Having your backup files in one location – even if it’s not on your server – is a recipe for disaster for multiple reasons. If a fire wiped out the building, both your live site and the backups would be gone. The most reliable backup systems utilize multiple offsite locations.
Malicious intent. Perhaps the scariest of all threats: a hacker or employee with an ax to grind. It’s entirely possible for a bad guy to take out your backup system before vandalizing your site. Trust us, you don’t want to be caught without a remote backup.
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A solid backup system is crucial for your website’s health. That’s why we include industry-leading backup systems in every support plan! We’ll handle everything so you can rest assured that your site is safe and secure.