Imagine the unfortunate condition when your house keys are suddenly lost;

what a nightmare that would be!

You searched, you worried and now the panic follows.

“Wish would have a backup for this unfortunate condition”- a duplicate key, maybe!

Similarly, your website’s data may also be lost due to several reasons, such as human error, server failure, hacking etc., and an absence of backup in such case will lead to you being unable to access your website.

Why should I backup my website?

Due to the ever-increasing Internet vulnerabilities, your website is guaranteed to crash – the only question is when. In a very recent interview with CNN*, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg said – “I think that all services will have downtime.

No matter how much you prepare, have redundant systems, or audit, there will periodically be a black swan event that is completely unlike whatever you have experienced before.

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It even happens to Google! In these moments of crisis, the key is how the service and the people behind it respond.”

Hacking is one of the most common reasons behind data loss.  An average of 6,000 websites gets hacked and blacklisted daily by Google and other search engines.

All modern browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari block access to the site once it is blacklisted, which ultimately leads to a drop in visitors and sales.

To add to the problem, hacking can never be prevented, because every week a new vulnerability is discovered in software that power your websites.

According to CommTouch’s “Compromised Website – An Owners Perspective”  – 63 percent of website owners don’t even know how they were hacked.

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Thus, it’s really important to have a current backup of your website. Especially if your website is constantly being updated with new content, it necessitates running a lot of backups, so that you always have the latest version of your website readily available to you in an event of crash.

Advantages of keeping website and database backup

#1. Peace of mind – You brought your business online to make money and customers, but not at the cost of your peace of mind.

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Having a website backup makes you concentrate only on your online presence and customer retention without worrying about the uninvited problems which can hamper your work and customer relation in case the website is crashed.

Even if you lose all your data, it will be instantly retrieved via the latest backup copy, and your website will continue to run smoothly.

#2. Protection against viruses – Website backup ensures that the entire data on the website is protected against malicious hackers and viruses that can affect the website functioning adversely.

How can I backup my website and databases

Manual Backup – The first option is to manually backup your files. Typically this is done by a developer or someone with very sound technical understanding.

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Backup Plugin – The second option is to use a backup plugin. While there are a number of plugins available for WordPress and other CMSs, the problem with most of them is that they only backup the database portion of the website, and not the complete content.

More information can be found here.

cPanel Backup – The third option is to use a cPanel backup.  Individual accounts within cPanel have the ability to create backups for their site via the cPanel interface.

This method will thus backup your home directory, any SQL databases owned by you and any of your cPanel configuration settings. More information can be found here.

Dropmysite- Dropmysite provides a simple and easy to use interface to backup your website and database.

Easily usable by even those who are not technical experts, Dropmysite provides secure and scheduled data backup, along with monitoring website uptime and response time with a single click. 

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Dropmysite backup services will be available to all ZNetLive customers free of cost with their shared hosting accounts very soon.

Concluding, along with domain, web hosting, and SSL certificates, getting a backup solution for your website is also a must for a secure and hassle-free online presence.

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Sources

*http://www.cnn.com.sg/2010/TECH/web/06/11/wordpress.outage/index.html

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