Making sure you don’t lose everything
If you calculate the value of your website and what it would cost to replace it you may want to read on as I’m sure you want to protect your investment.
To get a rough idea of its value add these considerations together:
- Your time for pre-purchase initial research time
- Your time for pre-purchase meetings and agreeing terms
- Your initial investment
- Your time adding content, blogs etc
- Image research and purchases
Your WordPress database contains every page, post, comment and link you have on your website. If your database gets erased or corrupted, you stand to lose the lot.
There are many reasons why this could happen and not all are things you can control. We’ve seen updates corrupt files, hackers getting in and trashing your website, clashes of software and many more.
So, how can you make a proper backup of your WordPress database and files so you can quickly restore things back to normal?
There are several methods: You can backup manually by physically logging in to your files via FTP and database via phpMyAdmin then download everything.
You can install a WordPress plug-in to enable you to be able to manually back up with a few clicks or even automate the process.
Once you have your back up you need to decide where to keep them. Manual back ups would usually be kept on your office computer and/or in the cloud which gives added security if you do have cloud back up.
WordPress plugins tend to keep your back ups on the same server which may be risky if the server itself has been compromised or hacked. Some offer an option to back up on Dropbox or other cloud back up services. That makes it as safe as the provider you are using.
If you are at all worried about how safe your website is the please get in touch and we can assess your risk.