Every WordPress website needs a solid WordPress backup plan. Enter BackupBuddy, the powerful and feature-packed WordPress backup plugin. BackupBuddy makes it easy to backup, restore and move your WordPress website with automatic, scheduled and even real-time backups.
But how do you get the most out of BackupBuddy? In this post, we’ll cover some tips for using the plugin and how you can use BackupBuddy to completely customize your backup, reduce downtime when disaster strikes and a whole lot more.
First Things First: Why Backup Your WordPress Site?
Why does having a backup of your WordPress site matter? Because WordPress doesn’t have a built-in backup solution, you need to have a plan for backing up your site.
Here are a few additional reasons you need a WordPress backup:
- Hack Recovery – If your site has been hacked, you need a backup to roll your site back to a “clean” version.
- Roll Back Broken Update – Sometimes a theme or plugin update could break your site. Make sure you have a backup to “roll back” from an update.
- Accidental Deletion – From database tables to entire directories to blog posts and pages, a backup is important for recovering any files lost due to accidental deletion.
- Data Corruption – Make sure you always have a backup of your data in case it gets corrupted due to a hack or server crash.
The Real Cost of Lost Data
Data loss can cost you not just money but other valuable things as well.
- Record of Sales – If you’re running an e-commerce site, losing sales records is a huge headache, especially if you’re fulfilling and shipping orders.
- Student Progress – If you’re running an LMS site, students could lose their information, including course completion or class progress.
- Customer Trust – Your customers depend on you to secure and protect their data.
- Your Time – Losing your website and data is a stressful, time-consuming event if you don’t have the right security measures in place.
Creating A WordPress Backup Strategy
Here are seven steps to creating a solid WordPress backup strategy.
- Choose a Backup Method
- Decide What to Backup
- Choose Your Backup Frequency Backup Strategy
- Schedule & Automate Your Backups
- Choose an Offsite Location to Store Backups
- Scan Backup For Malware
- Practice Restoring
Decide What to Backup
What should you include in your WordPress backup? A backup should include these important elements of your website:
- WordPress Core Files
The Anatomy of a WordPress Site
A WordPress site is composed of important files and directories (folders) with more files. It’s a good idea
This article was written by Kristen Wright and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.