BackupBuddy’s WordPress backup schedules are a powerful way to let BackupBuddy handle your website backups for you. Once backup schedules are set up, you won’t have to do anything else—BackupBuddy will just run your backups automatically on the schedule you need.
Combined with BackupBuddy’s 5 types of WordPress backups and remote destinations options, backup schedules give you a ton of flexibility for backing up your site. So if you’re just getting started with BackupBuddy or haven’t taken full advantage of scheduling backups, this post will cover 10 tips for WordPress backup schedules.
First Things First: 2 Recommended Backup Schedules
New BackupBuddy users often ask “how often should I back up my site?” To help, we pre-built two recommended schedule options to get you started. Both of these schedule options are available in the Quick Setup portion of the plugin.
Here are the two recommended backup schedules available from Quick Setup:
- Starter: Monthly Complete Backup + Weekly Database Backup – Selecting this option will automatically create two separate schedules for a monthly Complete backup and a weekly Database backup of your website. This option will cover websites that get updated once a week or less.
- Active Blogger: Weekly Complete Backup + Daily Database Backup – This backup schedule is designed for more frequently-updated sites, such as bloggers who publish new content each day. This backup schedule would also work well for small ecommerce shops with daily to weekly sales.
(Note: If you’ve already skipped the Quick Setup, you can always get it back by visiting the BackupBuddy > Backups page. Click the “Quick Start” link on the top right of the page.
Now, onto some tips for your backup schedules …
1. Backup Schedules Should Reflect How Often Your Website Changes
The whole point of website backups is to avoid data loss. For your website, that means always having a “copy” of your site as it changes.
A few examples of changes to your website include:
- Adding/editing content (like adding new posts/pages)
- New transactions (if you run an ecommerce website or online store)
- Running version updates to your plugins, themes or WordPress core
- Uploading new plugins or themes
- New user registrations
- New comments
- Changes to settings
As you already know, not all websites get updated or changed that often. You may have a brochure or portfolio website that only gets updates every few months or more. More active websites, however, will have daily—or even hourly—changes.