Last updated on April 6th, 2021. Posted in Web Design For Online Business.
I can't think of anything more important for your online business than data backups...backups of everything, including your most valuable and important documents, your email list, and of course, your business website.
Here are links and resources mentioned in today's video. Enjoy!
We've all experienced the feeling when we lose an important document, accidentally delete something, or can't find a file. It's brutal, right? But by keeping regular, frequent backups, all of this can be avoided.
In fact, I'm so paranoid about this stuff that I actually have multiple backups on multiple drives for all the computers and websites I'm running.
This way, if anything bad ever happens, if you ever need to move your website to a new web hosting company or if you ever accidentally delete something, you can be back up and running very quickly.
The alternative is to rebuild everything from scratch...which is a total waste of time. So as far as your online business website is concerned, there are 3 rules of data back up. Here they are:
Data Backup Rule #1: Don't store backups on your web server. While a lot of web hosting companies offer to back up your website for you, and while this can be a nice add-on, it shouldn't be relied upon.
This is because if your website backups are being stored on the same server that your website's on...and if anything ever happened to that server -- who knows, it gets hacked...a family of possums decide to move in and build a nest...there's a random meteoroid strike...
...who knows, right? -- then both your website and all your backups are toast. So instead, store your website backups somewhere OTHER than on your web server.
You can set your website up to backup to Google Drive or DropBox or somewhere else, or you might want to store backups on your computer, on an external hard drive, or even on a USB flash drive.
WHERE you choose to backup your site is up to you...so long as it ISN'T your web server!
Data Backup Rule #2: Back up your website frequently. How often you back up your website really depends on how often you update and make changes to your site. If your site doesn't change all that often, then maybe once or twice a month is fine.
Or, if your site is very active, if you're always publishing new pages and new content, then you'll need to back up your website much more frequently. And if you need to backup your website frequently, it can become a bit of a chore, right? Well that brings us perfectly into...
Data Backup Rule #3: Backup automatically. Even if you don't need to back up you website frequently, it can still be a pain. Thankfully, there are a number of WordPress plugins and other utilities that automate the backup process.
Not only that, but many of these automated options will also send your backups to a remote location, again like Dropbox or Google Drive or wherever.