Backing up your WordPress website is one of the most important procedures that you, as a website owner, can perform.
I was contacted by a new client during the week that was extremely desperate to get their eCommerce website back up and running, after being hacked. They had no backup. After spending 14 hours sorting out the damage done, securing and providing a safe backup, it cost the owner almost $1700, when all it should have cost, was the price of a plugin (about $50).
Whilst I enjoy getting paid, I feel sorry for people that become complacent (or ignorant) to the dangers that we, as business website owners face, on an almost daily basis.
About a third of my emails are from desperate website owners whose websites have either been hacked – or are self managed (WordPress) sites, that have been broken, because they didn’t know what they were doing, and had NO backup.
Backing Up is a simple routine that EVERY website owner should do manually, or given the right plugin, set-up scheduled back-ups – at least once a month, or preferably on a weekly basis.
The downside of Scheduled Backups – in my opinion
Imagine you’ve set up scheduled backups to be performed each month.
Now, the problem you MAY face, is a hacked or ‘broken’ website that is backed up, that becomes your ‘go-to’ backup in an ’emergency’. Think about the consequences of having a backup of your broken or hacked website.
Best Time To Backup Your Website – in my opinion
As a WordPress Website owner (personal OR business), you should have your website periodically Updated, Audited and Secured by a WordPress Professional.
If the WordPress Professional is any good at their job, they’ll backup your website for you, after they perform the required work. This way, you will have the most up-to-date Plugins, Themes and Security settings (including an optimized database) backed-up and ready to go, just in case something were to happen.
Remember, there’s a lot of bad people on the World Wide Web, that are out to do you harm. Be prepared.
The BEST Backup solution available – in my opinion
Now, I’m not being paid by BACKUP BUDDY – Let’s make this clear. I’m not getting paid any commissions, nor is this a paid advertisement.
Put simply, I believe that as of the date I posted this, it’s the best Backup Plugin you can buy.
There are FREE Backup Plugins in the WordPress Repository, but many, if not all, have restrictions.
WordPress, as a platform to build your website is FREE. Many thousands of Themes and Plugins are FREE as well.
Consider this. What price do you place on your website, especially if you operate a Business / eCommerce website;
- Stolen Client Data – hacked website
- Completely unusable website – broken
- $50 Plugin
- Spend $1700 to get your website secured and back in working condition
Stop being cheap bastards, and spend money where you need to, especially when the security of your data, and that of your clients, is at risk.
Most people don’t think of backups, until it’s too late. Don’t be one of them. Invest in a good plugin to backup your WordPress website.
Take action today, using one of the options I’ve given you;
Please Note; I don’t like handing out FREE how-to instructions on my website. Past experience has shown that people get in touch when their websites break. But, feel free to try things yourself. There is an abundance of websites that can help you (most are outdated though), if you prefer to do things on your own. One such website is WPBeginner.com, who just happens to provide help with your Backup Buddy Plugin.
You can find instructional videos on YouTube, again though, most are outdated, and WordPress is constantly updating, and things change, so just beware. I’m always here if you have trouble.
Every couple of months at a bare minimum, have your website Updated, Audited and Secured by a WordPress Professional. You don’t need to use me, I’m not cheap (but I’m pretty good at what I do, and guarantee my work)
As always, feel free to contact me about this subject or any other WordPress issue you may have.
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