5 Reasons Why Backing Up Your Website Is So Important

5 reasons why backing up your website is important
Backup websites regularly to safeguard it against threats and data loss

There often seems to be news of high profile website crash and server outage. Unfortunately, website and server threats are very real.  Ito is strongly recommended you take a backup of the contents of your website every time there is an enhancement to the contents of your website. Below are five reasons why you must backup the content of your website.

1. Website Hackers

It is no longer news that hackers and scammers are on the rise on the web.  Their aim is to steal credit card numbers and other sensitive information. People often hack websites just to prove themselves, tarnish websites or just to cause trouble. There is always the chance that every online website may become compromised. Happenstance it occurred. You can easily restore the last backup as it might be a safer restore option.

2. Computer Catastrophes

It is key to back up your files remotely in case something happens to your computer. It isn’t bad to store a copy of your files on your computer. If something happens to it, gets lost, or stolen. Then your files will be gone with it.

3. Updates Gone Wrong

You are encouraged to carry out regular backup (updated features and increased security). What is more important is doing it right. WordPress always tells you to perform a backup before carrying out any system update. Websites have multiple components, including plugins, themes, software, and back-end programming. When an update to any of these goes wrong, it can take an entire website offline for any amount of time.

4. Employee Errors/Mistakes

No one is above making mistakes. An employee or contractor by accident could click a wrong button or delete an important file. Human mistakes would less likely disrupt your operations when you backup your files.

5. Minimize the Damage

You could log into your website and see an unfamiliar error page. You could either:

a) Be anxious as you try to solve the issue, and wonder if your content is lost, or

b) You can become a bit angry as you think of the time you may have to spend reloading your website. You won’t have reason to go into a panic attack.

How to Backup website

The ways to backup website are as follows:

  • Find out if your hosting provider offers website backups as a service.
  • You could contact the web designer to do it for you. The person should know how content management systems work and be able to manually backup your files.
  • You can take a precautionary measure by using an additional backup service. Do a research and you would find such services. There are some cheaper than others. Others have software that’s more or less user-friendly.
  • Install a backup plugin on your site. You can schedule backups with some plugins, as well as send your files to cloud services like Dropbox, Azure and more.
  • Small website owners could compress their files in a ZIP folder and email it to themselves. However, you should consider the aforementioned backup options. If the size of your files is bigger than your email provider allows you to send, or if you expect that the size of your site will expand.
  • You could also save a copy of your files on your computer, alongside the other techniques. It’s better safe than sorry. So having two copies of your files gives you peace of mind.

It is important that you take a proactive step today. Backup website contents as soon as possible. And after every enhancement in order to avoid restarting your website from the scratch.

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