Imagine yourself relaxing on a Friday night after a long week of working on your site. You have been working diligently tweaking, adding content, and performing SEO so your site can climb higher in the search engine rankings. You go to check the site once more before signing off for the long weekend you have planned, and your site has disappeared! Was it a hacker? Did the intern delete the files? Whatever it was, all the work you did this week was for nothing, especially if the host doesn’t have a copy! Or was it?
Backups are very important to the health of your site. If you have a habit of making backups of your website, this may simply just be a minor inconvenience. If you do not have that habit, you may be in for a very long weekend restoring your site. Which person do you want to be?
Think of backups as your insurance against unforeseen circumstances. Just like the insurance for your car, it helps protect you from the inevitable accident that is always lurking around the corner. Below are eight great reasons why you should always have a personal backup your website.
8 Reasons to make site backups
- Insurance. As mentioned before, the backup serves as insurance against any catastrophes that may occur to your data.
- Never trust the host. This is not to say hosting backups are bad, but if you notice your mistake too late, the host backup copy may have run and the corrupt or missing files will be in their backup as well.
- Accidents happen. The intern you just hired may be slightly less savvy than you and not notice they overwrote your latest work. Or perhaps you deleted the wrong file by mistake when making the updates.
- Easy rollback. If you make a backup before going on an update spree, you can always restore the backup if you did not like the results. This is much easier than manually undoing all the changes you just made.
- It’s easy. Backups take just a few moments and can even be automated. Anything this easy that can save your goose should be a no-brainer.
- Testing. Having extra database backups can come in handy for creating duplicate test runs. This way you do not mess up your production data.
- Peace of mind. Sleep better knowing the high school hacker cannot permantly destroy your site while you dream.
- Corruption protection. Files and databases can become corrupt. It is better to lose a days worth of data than the last three years of your blog.
With all these reasons for backing up your site, it doesn’t make sense not to! For those with cPanel accounts, the manual process is very easy. You can make backups of your data at any time and download it to your local computer for safe keeping. See just how simple it is in the article link below.