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01 May 2014

5 Ways to Backup Your Website

If your website is online, there is always the chance that it your website may become compromised or an unexpected update can take an entire website offline for any amount of time.

Storing a copy of your files on your computer is a good idea. Backing up your files remotely is a more practical option in the event that something happens to your machine.

Having backup files means that you’ll be prepared just in case your site starts acting mysteriously weird. When you backup your files, there’s less chance that human error will mess up your operations.

Here are 5 ways you can go about it.

  1. Find out if your web host provides website backups as a service.

  2. Contact the web administrator and ask them to do it for you. They should have enough knowledge of how content management systems work that they would be able to manually backup your files.

  3. Install a backup plugin on your site. Some plugins allow you to schedule backups, as well as send your files to cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

  4. If you have a smaller website, you might just choose to compress your files in a ZIP folder and email them to yourself.

  5. It’s a good idea to also save a copy of your files on your computer.

Backing up your site doesn’t take a lot of time or money, and it’s a worthwhile investment.