There’s a common saying that ‘anything worth doing is worth doing twice.’ That’s certainly true when it comes to backing up your WordPress site. Unfortunately, it’s a maintenance task many people tend to overlook.
If something happens to your site, whether accidental or malicious, a backup gives you peace of mind knowing you still have access to your database and files. A second copy, however, provides an extra layer of protection and preparedness that, with today’s threat landscape, you can never have enough of.
In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of having a secondary backup as well as four methods you can use to create one. Let’s get started!
Why having a secondary backup is a good idea
Having one reserve copy of your WordPress site is certainly better than none. However, there’s a chance that your backup might fail, which is why having a second one is a good idea.
There’s a number of reasons you might end up with an incomplete backup. Among them are poor server performance and security.
If you have too many websites sharing resources, it can limit their ability to create and store backups. This is especially true for sites using outdated versions of PHP.
Also, large websites with heavy file loads can cause failures, as the server may cut out before the process is finished. Incomplete and interrupted backups won’t do you much good when you’re trying to restore them.
Unfortunately, no security system or backup method is entirely foolproof. That’s why it’s best to have options. A multifaceted approach to backing your site up gives you the reassurance that, if one method fails, you have another to turn to.
A secondary copy of your site can help when it comes to restoring it as well. Having backups in multiple locations, including off-site and external destinations, minimizes the risk of losing your files forever. In the event your site goes down, you’ll have several options to choose from.
How to create a secondary backup for your WordPress site (4 methods)
There are multiple methods you can use to back up your WordPress site. Creating a secondary copy involves using at least two of the processes below and storing the files in different locations. Let’s take a look at four routes you can choose from.
1. Use a WordPress backup plugin
One of the most popular and simplest ways of backing up your WordPress site is by using a plugin. This is a common choice because it involves little technical knowledge or back end tinkering.
Backup plugins can also be useful when you’re dealing with multiple sites and don’t want to manually duplicate each one. There are both free and paid tools available. Most are pretty easy to use and can also help with site restoration.
However, some options require you to upgrade to their premium versions in order to unlock all their features. If you’re managing multiple sites,
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.