Why it is Important to Backup Your Website

Posted on: 10/19/17

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WordPress has made it possible with its simplicity and ease of use for anyone to have a blog or set up a website. This can sometimes lull you into a false sense of security.  One of the most important things in running a website successfully is always having a fresh backup. We can’t say this enough, but all websites are vulnerable to hacking attempts, DDOS attacks, data theft and data loss. No matter how secure your website is, you are liable to any of the above attacks.

Backups Are Your Website Insurance

Think of it this way, you buy life insurance, travel insurance, house insurance, so why not website insurance? A WordPress backup solution is your website insurance against any type or number of attacks. Having a backup with a click can mean having a fully restored website in just minutes.

The sad truth is that we all start using insurance when something bad happens. Take travel insurance as an example, until you get your wallet stolen abroad, or hurt yourself skiing, you rarely think about it, rather you look at it as saving yourself pennies. Same goes for websites, never had an issue, why would it happen to you?

If you manage websites and are a WordPress professional you will know how important it is to have a reliable backup. Perhaps you learnt the lesson the hard way, and if you are smart, you will get into the habit of backing up your website from the very beginning.

If you are still one of those people, who think “It’s ok I don’t need a backup, who would want to hack my website?!”, hopefully after reading this you will think again about getting yourself a backup solution, otherwise we can only assume you don’t value your website enough.

 

Things Sometimes Just Go Wrong

At times our website might experience downtime due to a server failure or hard disk crash. These are more common than people think, and without a solid reason your website can just go offline. No hosting company in the world can offer 100% uptime and reliably. In these situations a fresh backup saves you a lot of hair pulling and headaches. Don’t rely on your hosting to have the latest version of your website, but make sure you do.

In 2007, RackSpace a widely used web host’s power was completely cut off when a truck crashed into one of their electrical generators. Things happen, so you should be prepared.

Human Error is Inevitable

There is a reason we say “no one is perfect”, as human beings we are born to make mistakes. Even experienced website owners with years of experience make mistakes. When you are tired the wrong files can easily get overwritten or deleted. A simple click or an error can cause lots of data to be wrongly updated. When mistakes like this happen, and don’t think they won’t happen to you, you will be glad that you have a recent backup.

As you can see, I have only listed very few things that can go wrong. The list of things that can go wrong is ever growing, if I started listing them all, your website would probably experience some sort of failure, and you will still be reading this article.

Ok, You Are Right. I Need A Backup Solution. What’s Next?

Get yourself a reliable, automated backup solution. At XMI we try make the painful necessity of thinking about backups a little less painful.

We now offer monthly backups of the most recent version of your website. No more thinking about should you backup your whole website, or just your database. No more thinking about setting up 3 different schedules and remembering which one to turn on when. We can see how this can be stressful, time consuming and really discouraging. XMI wants to take care of this for you.

Like when getting travel insurance, you go once get what you need and relax for the rest of your holiday. We offer the same solution for your backup.

 

Contact us now to get started!