Why It’s More Important Than Ever To Backup Your WordPress Blog And Files

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I hope that you have heard of the concept of backing up your files, your website or even your WordPress blog. It’s something that everyone needs to do but so few people do it.  You need to backup your WordPress site because it’s better safe than sorry, because you might get hacked and because you might need some kind of an old file or even to see how your WordPress site used to look.

You might have heard that saying, you’re better safe than sorry. That means that it might not be fun to brush your teeth, but when you get cavities don’t you wish you’d brushed your teeth more? It might not be fun to put on a seatbelt when you drive, but if ever get in a car wreck aren’t you glad you wore that seatbelt? Well the same logic applies to backing up your WordPress blog. It might seem tedious to backup a site and to spend those few minutes clicking a button for something that you might never use in the future. But even if you’re backing up a site every single week and you never need to use that backup. It’s a good thing to know that if you had to use it, if the worst happened, you could always get it back.

Even thought it might seem like a waste of time right now it’s only a waste of time if nothing goes wrong. If you lost the last several years of your WordPress blog you would have wished you spent those couple of minutes clicking the button and generating a WordPress website backup.

Not only can your wordpress blog get hacked but your autoresponder service provider can get hacked too as witnessed recently with the Aweber  attack DDOS , meaning you could also lose your email subscriber list too that you’ve took years to build up . So really it would be in your best interest to Back Up Your Aweber Email Subscriber List too !

The next thing that might happen is that you might get hacked and if you’ve ever had spyware or a virus on your computer, you might know that it’s a pain in the butt to try to clear that off. To try to scan and remove anything that’s on there. But a way easier thing to do, if you ever get spy ware or a virus or a hacker on your WordPress blog is to just delete everything and start over. Now if you had a backup you could just blow away the whole account, put it up somewhere else and restore your old WordPress Website.

Even if you knew how that person got in it, well then you can restore your website and fill the hole, but now you don’t have to spend days or weeks trying to fix something that’s broken. Just delete it and put up the fresh, pristine copy of WordPress that was already there.

Don’t you ever wish you had the very first website you ever created? Don’t you wish you had the very first video, the first article you ever made? Most people don’t have them, most people at some point have let that website, or those articles, go. Now maybe at some point you accidentally deleted an article, deleted a video, deleted a graphic and you wanted to get back at it. We’ve all been there, we’ve all lost files. If you keep a weekly backup your chances of losing files are very, very low because you don’t have to worry about where things are stored or organized. Just go back to when you remember you had that file, restore the backup somewhere, even on a test site and grab the file that you need.

That’s why it’s so important to backup your WordPress database and files because you’re better safe than sorry, you might get hacked and it’s important to have that old file for historical purposes.


Use this plugin above, right now and backup your WordPress site before it’s too late !

 

13 Comments

  • Keith Dean

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Hi Darren,

    Great post mate and I completely agree about backups. I come from an IT background so had it drummed into me to back everything up. I can remember learning a hard lesson after writing code for hours and then the system went down with all of my hard work lost. You can bet I do regular backups now!

    Good luck with PTS and speak to you soon.

    Cheers
    Keith

    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 1, 2014

      Hi Keith ,

      Yeh it’s too right mate , Imaginening losing all your stuff you prepared for years it’s definitely a life saver.

      Thanks for the comments chat soon :)

      Darren

  • Liliana Marsden

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Hi Darren

    Great post, almost daily we hear news of horror stories or tales of people that have to set up their blogs again.

    I use what you recommend and can vouch 100% that it works. I keep in Drop box on my own computer and in the cloud a backup of all my sites.

    Great blog and very good content.

    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 1, 2014

      Hi Liliana ,
      I’ve just bought it and installed , never really thought about using my Dropbox so thanks for the tip. Also I don’t trust to leave anything in the cloud , I believe your leaving to much to chance suppose that gets hacked too as you got everything on the web .

      Thanks for your comments

      Darren

  • Gordon Smith

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Hi Darren

    Absolutely agree backups are sooo important, but you don’t realize just how important until you’ve lost a site and all the hard work that has went into it.

    I had a driving school website with tons of content on it and lost it completely because it wasn’t backed up, I went to my hosting account and they hadn’t backed it up either, although they said they did on the sales page, so it was completely lost.

    Good habit to get into.

    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 1, 2014

      Hi Gordon ,
      Yeh scary thought , leaving too much to chance. So really it’s a good habit to get into :)

      Cheers

      Darren

  • Jon Crimes

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Great post Darren,

    This has given me just the kick that I need, I’m very guilty of not backing stuff up and regretting it later!

    Better safe than sorry? Quite right.

    Cheers
    Jon

  • Torsten Müller

    Reply Reply March 2, 2014

    Your post comment made me thinking now.

    Although I backup my local computer automatically every night, I am guilty of not thinking about my hosted data and rely too much on the hosting company to backup everything as promised.

    Scary if they don’t, like in Gordon’s case.

    Cheers
    Torsten

  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply March 2, 2014

    Hi Darren,

    Another excellent post, reminds me I need to backup later today, plus sometimes you can spot the sign, i.e. there will be random users registering and subscribing on your blog for an account, they don’t complete the name section or add a photo, they don’t even add a website, of it they do, it’s a very strange one, which means a quick google search, and strangely the email is a random set of characters, or a name followed by some random numbers. The moment I see one, I delete them immediately.

    But indeed, it’s essential to keep a regular backup or in some cases multiple backups.

    Good luck with the P2S Coaching and see you in the FB Group, thanks for the add.

    Sky

    • darrenhudson

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Sky ,

      Yeh it’s alway good to back up for whatever reason as you never know what’s going to happen.

      Cheers

      Darren

  • Kim

    Reply Reply March 9, 2014

    I found out the hard way about not backing up my WP websites when I got hacked. Luckily I have my own server and we do backups every night so I was able to restore. I shudder to think what would have happened if I hadn’t been able to do so.

    To be honest I rarely use WP now because of the hacking problem, it’s a real pain just trying to keep up with all the updates etc. I use limit login plugin on my sites and its terrible when you check to see just how many folks have tried to access them.

  • Pauline

    Reply Reply June 1, 2014

    Hi Darren

    This is certainly a most important topic.

    I do use Backup Creator myself. Unfortunately I downloaded and activated the updated version this week and lost Backup Creator completely. It seemed to have disappeared from my site but left an error message on my dashboard.

    I could not restore my backups because the program was not there. I assume there is an easy way around this that I do not know. So I deleted the program from the plugins and reloaded the original.

    All seems ok now except that I still have no idea to reinstall my backup over my ruined blog.

    Pauline

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