WordPress – Talking Backups

WordPress – Talking Backups

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How many backups do you need?

Where do you store them? and

Are they reliable?

Did you know that your Host provider backs up your Database? It will be the last backup they have so if you had problems with your Database that started months ago, chances are the backup will be useless.

Did you know that a Database backup doesn’t include your Website file backup unless you have specifically set it up to do that? A backup with the suffix SQL is a Database backup and doesn’t include any WordPress files.

Did you know you can export a copy of your website via WordPress? Good to have although they are missing the Media Library on mine. You’ll have to reconfigure the customization but heck, you’ll still have the wireframe and the written content. Not the best way to Backup.

Did you know that the most popular and Best on Market Backup system for WordPress today is Updraft with over 800,000 installs? I suggest paying for the Migrator tool, backing up your site, buying another domain, hosting it and migrating your backup to it. If that works, you are not wasting your time doing a backup. Whatever backup system you use you must be able to test it. If you can’t test it, it’s as good as non-existent. If your provider doesn’t allow this, don’t use them.

Set up your backups properly. Don’t wing it. I use Updraft and schedule the Website backup 1 x per day and hold a maximum of 5 in Dropbox. I schedule a Database backup once a week and hold a maximum of 2 in my Dropbox.

When you install WordPress on your system, your host, (using Softaculous for instance) you can backup that installation at any time, using Softaculous, giving you an XML backup of your site and it will remain there.

Updraft is the best and its free. Or not. There is a premium service and for me, it’s the best option.