Here’s a scenario for you:
Your website has been hacked. All files have been deleted. The database is corrupted. How fast can you get your website back online?
If you have a backup you can get your website back online within minutes but do you back up your website?
Last week I talked about how to secure your website and today…
Today I’m going to talk about backing up your website and why it’s important.
Well, I’m not going to talk about why it’s important because you should know that it’s important.
You know what, I’m going to talk about why it’s important.
That should be enough information right? Look, if you want to have a good functioning website then you need a backup. Something can happen at any moment.
Like mentioned before, you could get hacked but let’s not talk about hacking. You could accidentally delete some pictures or maybe delete the wrong article (even from the trash). Maybe you deleted a plug-in and all the settings are gone. Let’s say that you one-day login to your FTP and, OOPS, you accidentally deleted the WP-CONTENT folder.
If you have a backup you can get your website to what it was before within minutes.
So, how do you backup your WordPress website?
The Right Plug-In
There are a ton of plug-ins out there that will help you backup your website. Today I want to talk to you about 2.
- Updraft Plus
Don’t worry, you only need one. I will be going by each of them and you can choose which one is the better one.
Weird name right? It doesn’t sound like a backup plug-in. When you look in its plug-in page you’ll see that the full name of this plug-in is “Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plug-in”. Seriously?
Now before you think twice this plug-in actually has an awesome backup tool. It backs up everything within your website including:
- The Plug-ins
- The Images
- Your articles (within the database)
- The Database (where your articles are located)
- WordPress itself
I will give a detailed tutorial about this plug-in soon but know that, even though the title does not have the word back-up in it, it does back up your WordPress website and it does it pretty fast.
- Backup your website (to… you know… backup your website)
- Migrate your website (to move your website to another host or provider)
- Clone your website (to download a clone and run it local to do some testing)
I use this plug-in often to test out new things on my website. I don’t like to test a different plug-in live. Some plug-ins can actually ruin your website. So before I install something new on my website I do the following:
- Clone my website via Duplicator
- Install it locally on my computer (using XAMPP)
- Test the sh*t out of it
If you want more information check out Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plug-in
This is my main plug-in to backup my website. After installing WordFence, which I mentioned in my previous article Is Your WordPress Website Secure, the plug-in that comes after is Updraft Plus.
Updraft Plus backs up your website in a way that at first it confused me a little bit but now I understand why. There are in total of 5 types of backups that Updraft Plus has.
- Database backups (this is where all your articles and posts are stored)
- Plug-In backups (this is where all your plug-ins are)
- Themes (this is where your themes are)
- Uploads (this is where your uploads such as pictures, documents, etc are located)
- Others (if there’s anything different in your WordPress here you will find them)
You might have noticed that I did not mention WordPress itself. That’s because it does not back up your WordPress Installation and to be honest you don’t need that in your backup.
If the plug-in only backs up the part that you have configures, added, customized, etc then that should be the only thing that you need. WordPress can be downloaded from almost everywhere.
This makes backing up your website VERY fast and keeps the file size small. If you have a hosting server where the hosting size is limited you will need all the space that you get.
The best thing about UpdraftPlus, what I absolutely love, is that you can actually upload the backup files to your Cloud server. Whether that’s Google Drive, One Drive or Amazon Cloud it has it all. At the moment it supports:
- UpdraftPlus Vault (their own cloud)
- Microsoft Azure
- Amazon S3
- Google Cloud
- Email (what???)
- Google Drive
- Microsoft Onedrive
Unfortunately, not all Cloud servers can be used with the free version of Updraft Plus. Yes, there is a Premium version but the free version does support Google Drive (Google Drive is very cheap).
Combine that with a scheduled backup and you are golden.
As mentioned with the Duplicator plug-in I will give a detailed tutorial about Updraft Plus.
If you want more information check out UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plug-In
Don’t be stupid. You cannot possibly think that you won’t need a backup of your website forever.
Everybody needs backup. If I still did not convince you then may God, Allah, Budha, Chtullu or whoever you believe in, protect you and your website.
Thanks for reading,