What is a website backup and why is it so important? GoDaddy explains why backups are a critical part of website maintenance and the three most common ways to backup your website.

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Hi there, In this video you’ll learn what a Web site backup is, And the three ways you can create one. Picture this over the past year you’ve taken numerous photos with your smartphone. Special times with family and friends. You know you need to save copies of these photos on your local computer or in the cloud storage account. You forget or just procrastinate. Then one day you lose your Smartphone or forget it’s in your pocket and send it through the wash without a backup of your photos every single treasured one is lost forever.

Now think about your website. You’ve put your heart and soul into designing and building it, And then one day poof it’s gone. You accidentally delete it or it becomes irretrievably corrupted by a virus. Regardless of how it happens if you have a website it’s imperative you regularly backup your Web site or in other words save a copy of your Web site files in a secondary location. Backing up your Web site may seem to be some what of a hassle but if anything goes awry for any reason you’ll always have a fresh copy of your website that you can use as a replacement. The consequences for not having a website backup can be grim. In general there are three ways you can backup your website.

First you can backup your website manually by moving your files from the hosting server to your local computer using FTP or file transfer protocol. While this is the most low tech way to create a website backup it does require some planning and effort on your part. If you choose to manually backup your website you’re responsible for remembering to do it on a regular basis.

Additionally you must monitor the download from server to computer to ensure it’s successful. If you have a large website the download process can take a long time. The second way to backup your website is using your hosting platforms built in backup tool using a hosting platforms built in backup tool is generally quicker and easier than manual FTP.

However not every platform’s backup tool enables you to schedule or automate your backups. Which means you may be responsible for manually initiating the process each time and ensuring that backups are created on a regular basis. The third way to backup your website is using a paid website backup service when you purchase website backup services from a company they automatically create a backup of your website on a daily basis and store the backup for you.

Go Daddy’s website backup service site backups saves the last 30 backups of your website as well as any databases related to your website’s site backups is also integrated with GoDaddy hosting. So if disaster strikes you can use your backup to quickly restore individual website files or your entire hosting account. Whether you do it yourself or prefer to use an automated service like GoDaddy site backups having a website backup provides an invaluable safety net and peace of mind. So if you have an already backup your website today.

Here Are Some Additional WordPress Related FAQs

In information technology, a backup, or data backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying into an archive file of computer data that is already in secondary storage-so that it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.
To download the backup from cPanel:
  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Files section, click on the Backups icon.
  3. Under Full Backup, click Generate/ Download a Full Website Backup.
  4. Under Backups Available for Download, click the link for the backup file you wish to download.
5 Simple Steps to Backup Your WordPress Site
  1. Download and install BackupBuddy (install like any other WordPress plugin). You’ll also need to activate BackupBuddy (visit your plugins dashboard and follow the instructions).
  2. Configure BackupBuddy.
  3. Set up offsite backups.
  4. Complete your first backup.
  5. Schedule regular backups.

Log into your Bluehost control panel. Go to the “Files” section and select “Site Backup and Restore.” Select from the list which aspect of your website you wish to backup or restore. Choose which system backup or restore option you prefer, either a daily, weekly, or monthly version.

Managing Backups with Site Backup Pro. The Site Backup Pro tool is a powerful, friendly interface for creating and restoring backups made of your account’s files, databases, email accounts, email forwarders and filters.

Log into your cPanel control panel. Click on the “Backup” icon. Select “Generate / Download a Full Backup“. Select “Home Directory” in “Backup Destination” and enter your email address, before clicking the “Generate Backup” button.

To restore your email messages you can use the Site Backup Pro tool, located within the File Management category of your cPanel.
  1. Login to your Bluehost account.
  2. Find Files and click the Site Backup Pro tool.
  3. Click Restore under Email Messages.
  4. Choose the appropriate date of the backup you wish to use.

While both Bluehost and GoDaddy come with 1-click WordPress installs – Bluehostcomes with the easiest one. GoDaddy provides Premium DNS and beats BlueHoston free ad money (they both do Google, but GoDaddy offers Bing & Facebook money). They both offer a free domain for a year with web hosting.

The Importance of Offsite BackupOffsite backup is the use of cloud-based storage systems for data recovery in case of a power failure, fire, tornado, earthquake, flood, or other disaster. Data stored offsite usually involves accessing information using an Internet connection.
Backup only your personal files. Information Solutions and Services cannot protect you from loss of files, nor can we take responsibility for finding and backing up all your personal files. For this you will need to get to know your system, identify the files you need to keep safe, and make frequent backups.

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