Why Backup your WordPress website?
- Crap happens. Things go wrong in the digital world.
- Your hosting server can go down.
- Your database on the server can get corrupted.
- You can get hacked.
- Your hosting company can disappear (for various reasons).
- You can get corrupted files when updating or installing software.
- A malicious script can install itself on your server.
- You can make a mistake when doing something on your website and break or erase something by accident. Trust me it happens.
- Restoring from a recent backup is usually faster and easier than trying to fix a broken site.
Where to back it up?
- Server side backups make for fast restores. This helps when your site is down, but your server and hosting company is still ok.
- In addition to a server side backup also have at least one offsite backup. This means on your own computer or on a cloud service like Dropbox. These will help if your hosting company or server goes belly up. Use these to restore to a new host.
What to backup?
- Make sure you have these three levels of backups:
- Database. This is essential. Backup your database often.
- Media library. This is where all your photos and documents are.
- Complete site. A complete site backup to be used for a full restore. This includes all WordPress files, plugins and themes.
How often should I backup?
- Daily: Database backups.
- Weekly: Media library as well as full site.
These are minimum backup schedules. More often might be needed for sites where new content is loaded regularly.