18 Sep 2018

Why You Should Give Up Sex And Devote Your Life To Backup

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Imagine the following nightmare: you’ve worked hard on your blog for months, tweaking it until it looks perfect. You’ve got great content, excellent graphics and a wonderful design. Thousands of visitors are pouring in every day, and you are getting dozens of guestbook entries all telling you how wonderful you’ve done and hundreds of emails praising your good work.

The Nightmare Made Worse Without A Backup

One day you go to access your site and you get an error. Your blog does not respond. You feel a little annoyed and try again a few minutes later … your browser still times out. This goes on for hours and then for a full day. You feel panic rising in your gorge and your chest tightens up. You haven’t slept and your wife is getting worried.

You’ve tried over and over to call your host’s support number and it does not pick up. Their website doesn’t show any problems … it’s a weekend so they are all at home watching the game.

Monday comes and you finally get an automated response to one of your panicky emails.

  • Your web host has had a hard disk crash and didn’t have a backup …
    • or they didn’t have any money and closed their doors …
    • or a hacker attacked their site and wiped out all of the files
    • or your made a mistake with FTP and accidentally deleted all your work
    • or they got hit by the dreaded xyz virus …
  • or that fancy new plugin or theme you installed destroyed your blog
  • or “fill in the blank”

And you didn’t have a backup of your blog.

I have even read report about one user who had over a gigabyte on his website of years of hard work with no backup of his own. His host decided he was getting too much traffic and simply deleted his site. The poor guy and to send a note to everyone on his email list begging people to check their browser cache’s to see if they could send him the graphics and pages … it took six months but he rebuilt his site (and now he has a backup).

The moral of the story … backup your blog. If you don’t make your own backup you are taking the chance that you could loose all of your work … forever.

How do you backup your site?

  • Check with your web host. They may be able to do backups for you automatically. Call their support desk and ask them.
  • Don’t use free web hosting sites, as these often do not perform a him him backup at all. Many of them will not even let you install plug-ins, which means you can’t install your own software to do backups.
  • You can install the iThemes Security plugin, which has a built-in backup for the database. This plugin can email that database to you on a schedule.
  • Use a backup product. Most of these have a free version and premium version.

Pick one (or more) of these backup software solutions and start backing up your site today. You will be glad that you did.

Some Web Hosts Come With Backup

My host, Siteground, automatically backs up my whole site, database and files, once per day. I can restore everything myself using the screen below. This makes it very convenient to recover from issues.

An example of backup in cpanel

The downside of depending on your host for backups is if they go out of business or you cannot access the cpanel, then you cannot restore your database and files to another host.

That’s why it’s best to have your own solution in place that stores your data and files somewhere other than your host’s disks.

Richard Lowe Jr

Richard Lowe Jr

Owner and Senior Writing at The Writing King
Richard is the Owner and Senior Writer for The Writing King, a bestselling author, and ghostwriter. He's written and published 63 books, ghostwritten 20+ books, as well as hundreds of blog articles.
Richard Lowe Jr

@richardlowejr

Professional Ghostwriter, author and writing coach
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samtech01

Outstanding article. this is actually we are suffering. you provided good solution to safe website and blogs.

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