If you have just launched a website, you are probably wondering why you should back it up? What can you lose if you don’t back it up regularly?
If you think about it, not backing up your website can hurt you. Not backing up your website can lead to lost revenue. Not backing up your website can also cost you a lot of money. Of course, backing up your website will save you time.
How to back up your website
If you’ve never backed up your website, it’s easy to start with just one site. The great thing about a single site backup is that you’ve got all the data on website data archive. You don’t have to worry about running out of space.
But, is backing up just one website enough? The answer is no, it’s not. You should back up all your websites, not just one. There is no reason to believe your website will be any different if you backed up another. This article describes how to back up your entire website.
A word of caution: you should not try to perform a complete backup of your website. Your website’s data is not static. It will be different every time you back it up. You should back up a subset of your website, something that is close to your regular update schedule.
It’s important that you’re backing up the right files. This could be your database, scripts, themes, or images. If your database is corrupt, or your theme and scripts are corrupted, your backup will not be any good.
Back up your website
This article is about backing up your entire website. If you don’t know what you’re doing, I’d recommend that you use a provider, such as pagefreezer. These companies offer good rates and reliable service. They’ll know what you need.
The process I describe below is for backing up your website in a complete manner. You should back up your website using the best file format that you can. I recommend cPanel.
How to backup your website
First, create a new file. It should be called backup.yml.
cPanel allows you to create a yml file and execute it, if you want to. That’s what I’ll do here.
Open your cPanel. Make sure your server is connected.
Click on File -> Settings. Find the Backup under the Tools -> Backup and Restore -> option. Click on Back Up now.
At the first step, you have to choose an existing MySQL database, not the new database you created. Click on OK.
After that, the backup process begins.
Depending on how big your site is, it may take some time to complete. Let’s say your site has about 10 pages, and you back it up every 30 minutes. Your site takes about two minutes to backup. You will get an email with a link to your backup file.
That’s all there is to it. As long as you back up your website, you’re fine. If something goes wrong, your backup file will save you.
What do you backup?
When you backup your website, you should back up the files with the same name as the files that will be backed up. That is, make a backup of your database, CSS files, JS files, and so on.
You should also make a backup of your website, in the same format and with the same version. That way, you will be able to recover your site in case of an emergency.
Making a backup of your website isn’t as difficult as you’d think. There are many services out there. This article will only cover one of the more popular and reliable services.
How do I choose a reliable backup solution?
It’s important to choose a reliable service. These days, there are a lot of companies that promise cloud storage. The thing is, they may not be the best choice. Cloud storage companies offer access to your data, but you still have to do all the work.
You have to learn to use the cloud, and upload your files to them. If your files are not in the same format as those that are in the backup, you may lose some data. There is no guarantee that a backup will be 100% complete. You won’t have any access to your files during the backup. The backup may not be of high quality.