You have an amazing blog that attracts thousands of readers monthly. Your website is like a second home where its presence is vital to get more customers for your business. Whatever kind of website you have, it’s crucial that you take measures to back up your website, in case there’s something wrong in the back end that could lead to loss of data.
Although data recovery can sometimes be costly depending on your situation, it’s a good long-term investment. It’ll be a smart move on your part if you back up your website at the get-go, and do it often. There are five solutions for you to back up your website:
- Manual back up Manually backing up your files, or FTPing files, to your computer is the cheapest and low-tech way. That said, it comes with several ‘risks’: you’ll always have to back up on a regular basis, it’ll take a long time for a big website to download, it’ll cost you more bandwidth and time to download changed files, you have to monitor the download manually to make sure everything works as it is, and you’d also have to create your logical way to store and manage the files that have been backed up. If you decide to do this method, follow these tips: set reminders or diary entries when backing up your website and databases, and keep a folder in logical order, including the name and directory name.
- cPanel back up cPanel is one of the easiest ways to back up your website, by logging into the cPanel control panel. It will only take a few steps and a short time before your website is backed. After you’ve backed up your website with cPanel, remember to download the backup and store the backup files safely. Make sure to do this regularly because you’ll risk losing some or all data if your server is down.
- Cloud back up Backing up using a cloud solution is one of the best ways as the solution is always expanding to be better in terms of functionality. Some of the solutions you can use to back up your website with cloud include Dropbox and Amazon S3. Dropbox can be a good backup tool, particularly for WordPress users, while Amazon S3 requires you to install server software.
- Rsync back up You can copy files from a server to another server with Rsync. This method saves you bandwidth and time as it’ll only transfer changed files. While setting up Rsync is not that straightforward, it’ll be a better process with a Linux server.
- Automated back up If you can’t be bothered with technical stuff, let the experts handle it by using managed back up services, which are widely available offline and online. It might save you a lot of time if you use an online service, with most offering plans that include automated backups on database and website on a daily basis.
With several options available, it’s wise to choose based on something that fits your timescale and budget. You’ll also need to decide on your backup schedule (back up should always be done every time there’s changes on your website) and regularly check if your back up is functioning properly.