A wise person says your WordPress site is only as secure as your last backup. Well, I am not sure someone actually said that, but even so, the sentiment is true. If you have a WordPress site and you want to ensure you’ll keep having that WordPress site in the future, keeping it backed up is key. Which is why you are reading this post. So, let’s started.
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Why backing up WordPress matters?
“Why backing up a WordPress site is necessary” in the first place? And that’s a question in need of an answer. After all, once you pay a company to host your site on the web, they should be responsible for keeping your site secure, keeping hackers out, and making sure nothing goes wrong. Right? Well, the realities are a bit more complicated.
Why Backing Up Is Essential?
While any reputable host will do everything in their power to protect your site, they can guarantee nothing will ever go wrong, or if something does go wrong, they will be able to fix it.
Setting up a proper backup routine give you agency and a sense of security that if and when something does go wrong, you can restore your site to the date and time you want. There are some other less obvious reasons as well.
Some Reasons for Backing Up WordPress:
- Your host might have a technical problem destroying your site and your backups
- Your site and your backups might get hacked
- Your hosting provider may be bought or go out of business
- You may want to migrate your site in the future
Just like your computer might break down due to a technical or software malfunction, so can your host. After all, web servers are just large computers. If your web server breaks down there is a good chance your backups disappear along with your site. If have seen this happen. If this catastrophe should come to pass, the only way to get your content back online the only way to get your content backup online is to rely on a third-party backup on a third-party service you set up yourself.
No matter how secure your site is, there’s always a chance it will get hacked or fall victim to the same form of the malicious incursion, either trough fault, or through the host’s fault, or something else. When this happens, you can’t trust any of your files or the content in your database, and the safest thing to do is to revert back to an earlier version of your site that was backed up before the incursion occurred. Sometimes this means restoring your site to what it was a couple of days ago. Sometimes you have to go back weeks, or even months. It all depends on how the malicious incursion comes in and what it did. The challenging thing is sometimes the hack or incursion also encompasses your server backups. In this situation, having a secondary backup stored on a third-party service ensures you have unhacked backups to return to.
The Third Reason:
May seem less likely but it’s still something consider. Your hosting provider may choose to either discontinue your service. It might get bought by a different company, or even close up shop. In these cases, it’s your responsibility to move your site and all its contents to another location before the site goes offline. In some cases, you will only get a couple of weeks or maybe only a couple of days to do this. And in some extreme cases, you may only learn that your host is no longer available after went offline. Having proper backups and a secondary backup on a third-party service, allows you to restore your site to a new location with ease.
The Fourth and Final Reason:
It is not really about backups, but more about data portability. Some of the plugins featured in this course allow you to migrate your site to a new host. After all, if you think about it, that’s really just restoring your site from a backup to a new location.
So, now that you know the why, let’s take a closer look at the “Ways to Back Up Your WordPress Site” in the next tutorial.