WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) for building websites in the world. People trust it to handle their content, user bases, blogs, and businesses.
Suppose one day you log onto your website and you’re greeted with an error page. You try logging in again and it fails. In this case if you haven’t backed up your website earlier, there’s a bad news for you. But if you had been taking regular backups of your website then you don’t need to worry.
Apart from securing your WordPress website, it is important to conduct regular backups of your website so as to avoid loss of precious data.
Imagine the magnitude of loss and degree of customer dissatisfaction in case you lose all your data.
Three key reasons for loss of data:
Hackers and Viruses
For some, hacking websites is a hobby, while others seek to steal private user information and credit card data. Once one infiltrates your website, a complete teardown and rebuild may be the only option. Viruses and malware are like automated programmed hackers in a way. They can wreak the same amount of damage and be just as hard to get rid of.
While keeping your website upgraded is vital to proper function and security, sometimes things go wrong and a glitch damages the site or destroys some information. Having a recent backup can make getting it back in order simple.
Early morning work before the coffee has kicked in, late nights trying to finish one last task, or simple distraction can make you delete something you wanted to keep or change something that was fine the way it was. This happens, perhaps, more frequently if multiple people work on the same WP site.
How to Backup WordPress Website
A WordPress website consists of two main parts: the main file folder with the template, graphics, and coding, and a MySQL database with users, posts, and comments.
It is possible to copy every file from the WP setup onto your hard drive or removable storage, but that would take a while and have to be done again and again manually.
Cpanel zipping or FTP helps but still depends on your moods and memory.
Automate the process with a WordPress backup plugin and you never have to worry about losing your data from pages, posts, user files, or any other aspect of the site. Multiple options exist, some free and others premium with monthly or yearly charges. They allow for backup to your hard drive, various cloud storage options like Dropbox, or will send the files to your email account.
For maximum security and peace of mind, using an automated, scheduled backup WP plugin makes sense. It may be impossible to avoid hackers, glitches, and errors completely, but with a recent copy of your entire WordPress website, you can get back up and running right away.
Apart from backing up your website, check out this exclusive guide to protect your WordPress website from hackers.