Keeping a backup of your website is a wonderful idea. Making backups of your website is very important of regular site maintenance. You donot want to be left without a backup of your site should something happen. By keeping regular backups, you ensure that you have a way to bring your website back without having to rebuild it from scratch. It provides insurance against all types of setbacks, such as security compromises and inadvertently deleting your entire site. We suggest backing up your site before you make changes each and every time. That way, if something goes awry, you have a fresh copy that you know is working. It might seem like a hassle, but the first time you use a backup, you’re going to pat yourself on the back for having so much foresight. The easiest way to back up your website is with a File Transfer Protocol client. This lets you connect your local computer to your hosting account and move files between them. To back up your website, you just copy all of the files from your hosting account to your local computer. Website backups should include all of the following elements of your website:
- Website code files
- Any website databases
- Any add-ons, plugins, or themes used by your website
Hackers have become common place on the web. The main purpose of the hacker may be gather credit card numbers and other sensitive information, often people hack websites merely to prove themselves or cause trouble. If your website is online, there is always the chance that it may become compromised.
The following are some of the most common causes of data loss to which even the most well protected websites are vulnerable:
- Malware – Every website is infected by viruses and trojan horses. For protection of malware attack is very important to backing up your files and will allow you to restore your site to peak performance.
- Crashed Servers – Unfortunately, if any piece of computer hardware, servers can crash and files and data can become corrupted. After that, your website is offline until you can upload your data and files to a new server. If you haven’t backed up your website’s data, you may be offline for good. This is not so typical in a web hosting provider and applies more to your own server.
- User Error – Preparing backup files for your website will allow you to recover from most human errors.
- Hackers – When a site is hosted on a “cheap” hosting provider or with simple FTP passwords then it easily hijacked by hackers.
There are five reasons why you should back up your website:
- Storing the original development site isn’t enough – If you create your site on a test server, you may think that’s enough to protect you. Websites are tweaked and changed and those changes often will not be reflected in the original version. If you run blog or CRM system, much of your valuable content is uploaded by your users, and won’t exist in any other place than on your website.
- Web host’s is not responsible to make back ups available to you– A surprising number of web hosts don’t back up your website regularly. Of the few that do, most of them simply do so for their own protection and don’t make the files available to their customers.
- Peace of mind – Before I started back up my websites, it was always on my mind that I needed to do something for my visitors. Because it was my responsibility.
- Ready to react quickly– Having an up to date back up in place will allow you to get back online quickly after a mishap. There are many reasons why you need to get your website back online quickly including loss of income and potential SEO penalties .
- Protection against viruses – Web hosts don’t tend to proactively run virus and malware scanners against your website. Keeping a backup may be your easiest and best protection. While this doesn’t prevent attacks, it does cure them when needed.
How To Backup Your Website Files?
Backing up your website is not a difficult task. Here we will provide few typical solutions to backing up your website:
- Web Hosting Service – Web hosting providers will offer backup services as an additional option. This keeps everything in house and you are also happy with your web host may be the most sensible option.
- Web Developer – If you hired a contractor to design and create your website, have them prepare a complete backup file for you. They are already familiar with the parameters of your site, and should be able to prepare a backup quickly and inexpensively.
- Use the Cloud – You can install a plugin on your site that uses a cloud based service to store important backup files. This will keep your backup files current and up to date on a daily or weekly rotation.
- Save Your Files to Your Computer – You should always have a copy of your website files. Ask you web developer to provide you a ZIP file of your site. Best case scenario is that you would do this even if you are exploring another option for backing up your website. Having two sets of backup.
Other websites back-up solution
Let’s start with the most low-tech method: manually FTPing your files to your local computer. The downsides, however, are clear
- You have to remember to back up regularly.
- It can take a long time to download a big website.
- There is no way to only download files that have changed
- You must manually monitor the download to ensure that it has completed properly.
- You need to create your own, logical way of managing and storing the backed-up files.
Should you choose to go down this route, let me give you some tips:
- Make a diary for regular website works that is reminders to back up your website and make an effort to never skip the task.
- You should not forget to back up your databases.
- Keep a logical folder structure with the date as the directory name.
- Ensure that you back up to multiple hard drives, for maximum protection.
2.Restore your website using Site Backup
You can restore your entire site from a Site Backup
- Overwrites existing files with the copy of the file from the backup
- Does not affect files that do not have versions in the backup. For example, files created after the backup was taken are neither deleted nor changed.
- Log in to Site Backup.
- Click Restore files (Restore files).
- Select the folders and files you want to restore.
- Click Restore files (Restore files) again.
- Click Restore.
You should ensure that you back up at least once a day. Otherwise, back up as often as your website changes. And, if possible, schedule your backups to happen at the quietest time of your website to avoid any disruption. Several surveys have shown people make websites backups but they forget to check them. Ensure that your files aren’t corrupt and that your back up contains everything you need to do a full restore of your website.