At some point or the other, if you’ve thought of getting your own website or already have one, you may have heard someone remind you of a “website backup.”
And well, they’re rightfully concerned because website backups are important. Website backups are key to the “health” of your website because in worse case scenarios, the website backup will literally be used if any or all of your files have been lost to a data hack.
In February 2018, a large number of government websites and private sites were infected with cryptocurrency mining malware and it turned out to be the worst nightmare months for those affected website holders.
On an average, 30,000 new websites are hacked every day and this act has been on the rise for the last one year, post Covid in particular as now most processes have shifted to the online space.
Here’s an example. You’ve worked on your website for the past couple of months say for a very special day i.e. to present all the progress to your investor, a major part of this presentation is your website.
You wake up, open up your laptop and load your website. But, it’s gone. It has turned into a junk or a messed up site overnight without you having a single clue. Your saving grace? The backed up data of your website.
This website back up can get your site up and running before you could step into a room full of investors. But for a moment, imagine if you don’t have a website backup. What would you lose? Almost everything.
And that is why, a website backup is absolutely essential.
What is a WEBSITE BACKUP?
A website backup is a copy of all the files that make up your website. There is this concept of data backup storage. That’s something you need to get checked with your backup or hosting service provider.
You must particularly be on the lookout for hosting companies that provide large website backup storage options if you have a website on a content management system.
This is because you’ll need all your website data, content, files, media, etc. to be restored onto your website.
Here’s a tiny list of what your website backup should include:
- Website code files
- Any website databases
- Add ons, plugins and themes used
How to get a WEBSITE BACKUP done?
There are two ways a website backup can be done.
Based on your needs, you can choose to do either or both. Ideally, it is best to perform both to be on the safer side of things.
Manual Website Backups
You need to have access to the cPanel which is also available for those who use shared hosting.
Here are the steps to follow.
- Login to your cPanel
- Go to the Backup icon
- Select the site that you want to backup
- Select where you’d like to store the files
Remember that though backups can be done in this manner, the storage space might not suffice. In that case, contact the customer service of your hosting service provider to address the issue.
Automatic Website Backups
Most web server plans include automatic website backups. If you’re forgetful, this is your best bet.
Automatic website backups are great because you can perform your tasks on your website daily and can just log out from your website without having to manually backup the site.
Why a WEBSITE BACKUP is important?
Preparedness for you never know when your website can get hacked
One of the ugly truths about owning a website in the twenty-first century is the possibility of getting hacked. As a matter of fact, 60% of small companies close down within 6 months of getting hacked according to Cyber Crime Magazine.
That’s why website backups are so important. With that, you can avoid your website from getting hacked and losing out on important data.
All the work done is lost without a website backup
You heard it right! If you’re someone who has dedicated their time, effort and money into developing a great website for their business, you’ll know how much it means to lose out on all the data that you had worked on in the first place. Yes, it’s not a good feeling at all.
If you don’t perform a regular back up of your website, you’ll have to start over from scratch with nothing to help you refer to (your older website). So it’s best to get a backup done daily.
Updates attracts hackers to your website if you too do not update early enough
For Content Management Systems like WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, etc., since they’re open source platforms, coding is available to literally everyone since it’s “open source.” So in short, this is not good for someone who owns a website on open source.
Here’s an example, for those using WordPress. Now, WordPress has over 64 million websites. When WordPress updates their core files specifically to address certain vulnerabilities, then this could be potentially exploited in the very near future by hackers, as it’s an indication for hackers that there’s a weakness in the system.
When these updates are on live websites, the hackers at the same time update their malware-injecting bots which gets them a step closer to taking over your website.
So what happens when hackers go live and send these bots out? They inject any website that has not been updated and that website after being hacked now no longer belongs to the business, that was their’s earlier.
Reduces compatibility issues after new installations
When using Content Management Systems, you might use a number of different plugins and themes. But every time one is installed, the website may not work properly because it’s not in accordance with the rest of the site. When this happens, prior to installing plugins, it’s important to check the ratings and reviews.
Also look out for regular updates that the plugin may require.
Prior to activating a new theme, the best would be to have a backup done of your website, as you never know if you will encounter compatibility issues. If the issue continues, as now you have the backup, you can use the backed up version and look for an alternative.
Promotes Strong Security
Backups lay the base for providing digital security. Backups keep the hackers at bay, prevent a complete data loss and more. Daily backups maintain the upkeep of your website which presents your website as top notch to the end users.
Also, if you don’t want to be part of the dreadful statistics of closed down businesses after a malware attack, take out some time during the day to shield your website daily with a full blown backup.
In short, backups are the best thing to ever happen to websites after a long day of updates and edits. Make it a part of daily protocol to be able to care for your business website in the best way you can.
Having a website backup is the most common, simplest yet the best advice any web developer would give you especially in this day and age when hacking has become a daily nuisance. This is even more critical for ecommerce and other transactional sites.
This way you will always be prepared for the worst. In case anything goes wrong, you’ll have a spare website (backup) to get your business up and running in no time. So avoid any delay and get a website backup now.
Has any of your website been hacked before? What measures did you take to get it back and live again? Do you now do a manual or an automatic backup? If automatic backup is what you have in place, which plugin do you use for your backup? Which other plugins do you suggest for effective backups of websites?
And how frequently is your website backed up?