Do you backup your website?
If you're like most people, you probably don't make it a priority to make sure your website is backed up. Maybe you don't think anything bad will happen. Maybe you don't know how to backup your website. Or maybe you never even knew you had to.
Whatever your reason is, it's time for you to learn why it's one of the most important things you should be doing on a regular basis, and also, how to do it. 🙂
It doesn't take a lot of time, it's pretty simple to do, and if you do it manually... it's free!
WHY SHOULD YOU BACKUP YOUR WEBSITE ON A REGULAR BASIS?
What would you do if one day, you signed into your account only to find that your website and all your files were gone?
All of the money, time and effort you spent crafting a beautiful and functional site, and now it’s just not there, there's no explanation as to why, and there's no way for you to get it back.
With a simple crash of the server or an attack from a malicious virus, all of your blog posts, your pages, your SEO and your links could be wiped out, therefore causing you to have to start all over again from scratch.
Think about how you would feel if this actually happened to you... because it could.
Seriously, what would you do?!
This, alone, is one of the biggest reasons why you should backup your website.
IN ADDITION, YOU SHOULD ALSO BACKUP YOUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
- Make any major changes to content.
- Update to a new version of WordPress.
- Update any themes or plugins.
- Anytime you want to do a thorough backup.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU BACKUP YOUR WEBSITE?
That's a matter of preference, but mostly depends on how often you're adding new content.
I would recommend once a week and at the very least once a month.
Create a schedule for yourself and make it a priority by setting a reminder!
Now it's time to learn how to manually backup your WordPress files and database!
There will be two separate things you'll have to do (1, backup your files, and 2, backup your database) but both only have a few steps and will ensure a full backup of your site, in case anything ever goes wrong.
These are the things you'll need to have/will be using to manually backup your site:
- Linux hosting with cPanel
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FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO MANUALLY BACKUP YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE'S FILES
Our goal is to manually move your files from your hosting server to your local computer using FTP (file transfer protocol).
1. Download, install and launch the free FTP client FileZilla.
2. Fill in the following fields at the top of the FileZilla application and then click "Quickconnect."
- Host - Your domain name or IP address
- Username - Your FTP username
- Password - Your FTP password
- Port - 21 (this is for sites hosted through GoDaddy)
3. In the Remote Site area, open your website's root directory
4. In the Local Site area, open a folder on your computer where you want to store the backup of your files.
Example: Make a "Website Backups" folder on your desktop and then create a new folder with today's date ("Website Backup - October 24, 2017")
5. To download your website from the server to your computer, select all of your website's files and directories and then drag them from the Remote Site area into your website's backup folder in the Local Site area.
6. This can take a bit of time, especially if you have a bigger website, so keep an eye on it and make sure the download process completes.
That's it! You now have a backup of your website's files on your computer. Not too difficult, right? 🙂
FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO MANUALLY BACKUP YOUR WEBSITE'S DATABASE
1. Sign into your GoDaddy account and on your Accounts Page, under Quick Links, click on the Manage Hosting link.
2. On the Hosting Accounts page, find the domain you want to create a website backup for and click the Green Manage button.
3. On your cPanel dashboard, find the Files area and then click Backup.
4. In the Download a MySQL Database Backup area, click the name of the database you want to backup.
And you're done!
IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE A VIDEO ON HOW TO MANUALLY BACKUP YOUR WEBSITE'S DATABASE USING CPANEL, CHECK OUT THIS ONE CREATED BY GODADDY
How to Automatically Backup Your Site
If you'd like to save yourself some time and have your site automatically backed up for you on a regular basis (which I do and highly recommend because I never have to remember anything!) there are plenty of plugins that can help you with this.
The one I personally use and recommend for all of my sites is called Backup Buddy, which is a solid, must-have plugin that is worth every penny (pricing starts at $80/year, or $6.67/mo., for up to 2 sites.)
You can schedule Backup Buddy to back up your entire site (your database, all files in the WordPress Media library, your WordPress themes, WordPress plugins and more) automatically for you, therefore allowing you to rest easy knowing if anything ever happens, you can easily restore everything. 🙂
Now onto you.
Have you had any nightmare situations where you lost everything because you didn't backup your site? What did you do?
If you backup your site, what method do you use? Are there any other automated backup solutions you recommend?
Feel free to comment below!