I can talk until I’m blue in the face, but getting website owners to realize how important it is to have a website backup plan for their website is difficult. It can feel like an expense that you can’t immediately see an ROI on.
It’s time to change the way we think about website backups. Backing up your website is like taking out insurance on an important business asset.
Unfortunately, many times, it isn’t until something scary happens, like a site goes down, gets hacked, or anything that makes your heart drop to the floor, when suddenly having a backup plan in place for your website makes sense.
Let me tell you a story…
WordPress Website Consultants need website backup plans too! A few weeks ago I went to go check out my site and suddenly, my heart drops to the floor. My. Website. Was. Gone. Completely and utterly gone. Oy!!
Thankfully, I had several backups in place.
- A downloaded backup file on my portable hard-drive.
- An online storage service (I REALLLLY like Amazon AWS for low cost backup storage).
- I also was working on a backup of the website up on a different web hosting service as I was in the middle of a redesign project.
So once I picked my heart up off the floor I calmed down and realized everything was okay. I had my backup plan in place and it would only take minutes to restore the site.
That kind of peace is hard to beat.
Website Backups: Insuring Your Business Asset
Make sure you invest in a backup system that works, a backup system that saves copies of your site in different ways so you are not caught unaware.
Here are a couple of my favorite options:
This is my go to tool for backing up a site and moving it from one website hosting service to another. It does have issues from time-to-time and it does not work on all hosts. Despite these issues, it is still the first tool I go to when backing up a website.
Use this tool if you blog occasionally or have multiple websites. Click here to read more about BackupBuddy.
This is a real-time backup system that backups your website files anytime there is an update made to the site. It is GREAT insurance for your site.
Use this tool if you blog or make updates to your website daily or several times a week. It can get expensive if you have multiple websites, but again, if you have an active website, this is a type of insurance you can’t afford not to invest in. Click here to read more about VaultPress.
What difference would it make in your business if your website went down for a day, several days, or a week?
If that ever happened, do you have a backup plan in place for your website?