WP Backups Prevent Critical Data Loss

If you’re not backing up your blog’s database and content, you could easily lose critical data in the blink of an eye.

Managing your WordPress site doesn’t just mean posting fresh content regularly. You also have to keep it clean of spam and update your plugins.

Backing up your WP blog can help you if you accidentally do something to your database that causes data loss. If you do some type of maintenance to your blog that adversely affects the database, having a backup means you can easily roll back your blog to before you starting toying with it.

WP Backups Add a Level of Blog Security

Did you know that if you don’t keep your WP plugins, themes and WordPress itself updated regularly, it opens up your site to hackers?

Sometimes plugins or themes can become vulnerable or unstable. It can create havoc to an unprotected website. But if you have WordPress backups on your server and something goes wrong, you can easily bring your website back to before you installed a problem plugin or theme.

Once you fix any errors, perform a fresh backup and you’re good to go.

How to Do WordPress Backups

There are a few ways you can do WP backups but keep in mind, each has to back up the entire site and database. That means you’re backing up the posts, images, themes, plugins and all of your custom settings.

You can do simple backups that just include your posts, but it’s best to have regularly scheduled backups that include everything.

Manually Backup Your WP Site Yourself

If you’re new to WordPress, this may not be as safe an option as it might sound. If you mess something up, you could lose all of your data.

If you’re an IT pro, this may be your best option because you have complete control over your site and its data backups.

There are several steps involved in manually backing up your site. Plus, you have to backup the database separately from your blog’s media files, so there are two processes to follow.

The next option is to rely on your site’s host and their server.

Scheduled cPanel Backups Through Your Blog Host

You can set up your WP site to include regularly scheduled backups. Hosts like GoDaddy, Hostgator, Blue Host, etc. should include that option in their cPanel.

The downside to this, although it’s a good option, is that your backup is being stored in the same place as your blog is hosted. If the host gets hacked, you may lose your backup too.

To avoid the “all eggs in one basket” scenario, you’ll want to download the backup files and store them on the Cloud, like Amazon S3 or Google Drive for example.

The most frequently used way of managing your WordPress site is to use a WP Plugin.

Using a WP Plugin:

There are several plugins you can install into your site to help you easily keep backups. It’s a good idea to compare the plugins’ features. Some may only back up the database while others may only backup your site’s media files.

The best plugins, like BackWPup will back up everything for free, including the feature to allow you to store your backups on the Cloud.

It’s always highly recommended that you don’t keep your backups on the same server that hosts your site.

WP Backups Equal Peace of Mind

No matter what option you choose to do your WordPress backups, whether doing it yourself, using a plugin, or a WordPress management service that handles WordPress backups, keeping your site backed up will give you peace of mind that should anything go wrong, either by your own error or your site or your host gets hacked, you’ll be able to restore your site without any critical data loss.