5 Easy Steps to Backup Your Website and Keep It Safe

Backing up your website is probably one of the most important things you can possibly do, but probably haven’t yet.

All that hard work you’ve done to make your site perfect, unfortunately can be lost overnight! You might be surprised to hear that this happens all too often for any number of reasons.

Backing up your website is incredibly important, but often is not done by most website owners. Now’s the time to change that!

You, like me at one point, have probably thought…

  • WordPress probably backs up my blog for me, right?
  • I’ve hear about backing up my site, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it eventually.

Or maybe you haven’t ever heard of such a thing, but now you realize it’s importance and want to find out how.

What about my hosting service?

Many of you may be wondering if the backups your hosting company makes will be enough incase of disaster.

While we encourage you to research how comprehensive your hosting company’s backup service is, we also do not recommend relying solely on them. To clarify what we mean.. You should consider how often they make backups, how long they will take to restore lost data, and whether or not you will be notified if a backup fails.

Although your hosting service is in fact, reliable and safe. It’s important to not leave the fate of your hard work solely on one single service. Therefore, in addition to your hosting service, we have 5 simple steps to backing up your site with one of our favorite plugins, BackupBuddy.

Though our team has tried multiple methods of backing up data from free plugins to different hosting companies to manual scripts, we have found that BackupBuddy is easy to install and simple to use.

Given this tool’s value it provides and the fact that it is one of the most budget friendly out there, it’s definitely a solid investment. It is simple to use and extremely reliable. Though it is not a free plugin, the $75 price tag is a no brainer for your peace of mind.

Without further ado, here is a simple 5-step process for backing up your site using the BackupBuddy plugin:

1. Download the plugin

Install it just like any other WordPress plugin. Visit your dashboard to follow instructions on how to activate BackupBuddy. If you’re new to plugins and how to download and activate them, we have a quick little video tutorial that takes you through the exact steps. Check it out here!

2. Configure the plugin

Go to the settings page in your WP Dashboard in order to complete the following steps.

Go to “General Options” to create a password for ImportBuddy and 2. Include an email address where you’d like your notifications to be sent.

3. Set an offsite backup

You should consider sending a copy of your files offsite on the off chance that your server crashes. This plugin is compatible with Amazon S3, Dropbox and BackupBuddy Stash.

BackupBuddy Stash is a free, secure offsite storage facility for your files that comes with the purchase of the plugin. You will choose Stash or whichever destination you prefer and select the “Remote Destinations” tab from the BackupBuddy menu. From there you will click the “add new destination” option.

4. Back up your blog

Once you have completed steps 1-3 you are ready to run your first backup! You will select “Backup” from the menu and click the “Complete Backup” option. Once it finishes, you are able to download the backed up file and send it to your previously configured remote destination just to ensure that it functions properly.

5. Schedule out regular backups

This step is the final and most important one of all. It’s simply not enough to run BackupBuddy every once in awhile. You don’t want to run the risk of losing important data. Rather, it’s best to schedule out backups on a regular basis.

BackupBuddy recommends to set “daily database-only and weekly full backups.” Depending on you, however, you can change this to daily full backups or biweekly full backups. It all depends on your comfort level and if you are okay with potentially losing some changes on your site.

So there you have it! Five simple steps to installing and running backups with one of our favorite plugins. Though there are a number of free options that support backing up your files, we recommend BackupBuddy as our personal favorite.

What about you?

In the comment section below we would love to hear what you have to say on the topic! Do you love BackupBuddy or have you had success with other backup plugins? Please let us know!

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