Backing up your WordPress website is both vitally important and seriously overlooked at the same time. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because nothing bad has happened so far, your WordPress site is safe and nothing bad can happen in the future. Problems usually occur when you least expect them. Murphy’s law. When they do, having a recent backup of both your WordPress database and your WordPress files and being able to restore at a moment’s notice will definitely come in handy. This is where WordPressSmith comes in. We provide you with peace of mind when it comes to reliable and frequent WordPress backups that will get your website back to normal should anything bad happen.
How to properly backup your WordPress website
There are two parts to every reliable WordPress backup: the WordPress database and the WordPress files. The database contains every post, comment, page and all the settings for themes, plugins, widgets. If your database is lost or gets corrupted, you lose everything you’ve ever written. Backing up the database should be at the top of your list. If you have a backup and things go south, simply restoring it will bring your website back to normal.
Equally important however are your WordPress website files. Your plugins, your themes, your uploads folder that contains everything you’ve ever uploaded to your WordPress Media Library, such as images, PDFs, audio files or videos. Without the actual files, your customers won’t make much sense of what you’ve written. That’s why having a complete backup of your WordPress site is just as important as being able to restore a from a backup of your database.
Both experienced and novice users of WordPress simply assume that everything will be ok. My WordPress website cannot be hacked and my hosting company advertizes 100% uptime. I should be good, right? Wrong. No hosting company in the world can guarantee 100% uptime. There are infinite reasons for why a server can go down, ranging from serious software errors, hard drive failures to something as simple as a power outage. When a server goes down, there’s always the risk of data loss. Your data loss. Depending how often your hosting company does its own backups, you might be looking at a day’s work lost to a few days or a week.
But my hosting company provides regular backups. While it’s true that some hostings will provide you with the option to have regular backups, these backups aren’t specifically designed for WordPress. What this means is that you have no way of knowing what gets backed up and what doesn’t. You may not actually benefit from them if the need arises. And here’s another down side. Backups can fail as well. You might be sleeping tightly knowing your site is backed up, when in reality, the last two backups have failed. Your host doesn’t notify you of this though and herein lies the problem.
WordPressSmith to the rescue
We want you to forget about the hassle of backups. We want you to do what you do best. Keep your business running and make your customers happy. We offer a hassle-free way of knowing that you’re safe. In case of hacking, data corruption, power outages or just pure human errors, you can quickly get back to doing what you do best.
We backup your entire WordPress website. This includes your database, WordPress core installation, plugins, themes, images and other files you have uploaded. It’s basically a complete replica of your website that can be launched at a moment’s notice.
How do you do it?
How often do you backup my site?
We usually do daily backups of the database and weekly backups of your WordPress site. If you need more frequent backups, please get in touch and we will work with you to set the right frequency for your needs. It usually depends on how often you blog.
How many backups do you keep?
We will keep the last 5 copies of your database and files.
Where do you keep the backups?
We keep them on four different locations independent of each other to prevent problems if one copy gets corrupted or lost. We will backup to our servers and keep a copy on Dropbox, CrashPlan and a NAS device.
How can I restore from a backup?
Just get in touch and we’ll restore for you. That’s why we’re here, so you don’t have to worry about this stuff.