Do You Backup Your WordPress Website?

Author: Jennifer | Date: March 13, 2015 | Categories: ,

WordPress Users Don’t Backup Their Websites

In a shocking survey conducted by CodeGuard, it was found that only 47% of WordPress users back up their website every month. Likewise, only about half of WordPress users update WordPress on a regular basis. Why does this matter?

  • Hackers – If someone hacks a website, it is very easy to enter malicious code. The quickest and cheapest way to restore the site is through a reliable backup.
  • Server Failure – This is unlikely to happen, but in the even that it does, you don’t want to be stuck rebuilding your site.
  • Employee Errors – This is more likely to happen than a server error. Very few employees have received any formal WordPress training. According to the CodeGuard survey, 63% of users have deleted a file that was not backed up.
  • No Guaranteed Backups – Most hosting companies do not guarantee their backups. How well do you know your hosting contract? It might be worth looking into.

How to fix the issue

Many business owners don’t have the time or the resources to make regular website updates. It takes even more time and expertise to perform regular backups. Luckily, there are many paid services available. Companies like CourseVector take the guesswork out of backups and management. Their Managed WordPress Hosting takes care of backups and updates, making a WordPress website virtually maintenance free.

Even if one chooses to outsource website backups and updates, it would be wise to do a website backup once in a while. There are no guarantees provided by most hosting or management companies. Most do their best to have the latest backup available at all times. However, there is no guarantee that this backup will restore properly or that their backup includes your most recent website changes.

There are some free or very affordable plugins available to WordPress users that make backups easy. Many of these plugins come with basic instructions. There are also paid FTP-based backup options that are secure and reliable. If you are uncomfortable doing backups on your own, consider attending a WordCamp, two or three day training groups for WordPress. A local WordPress consultant is another option to consider. Person-to-person training takes less time and it is more personalized. Can’t find a skilled trainer in your area, consider an online WordPress training instead. You get the same personalized service right from your home or office.

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