WordPress backup must be a top priority on your checklist. But, first thing that you might do after setting up WordPress website or blog is to start publishing. Write new posts, create pages and make your website presentable.
If you are a blogger, you will focus on sharing rich useful content. Amidst all this you will either forget or ignore a simple task – “Backup”.
As you get started, you will focus even more on generating traffic and building credibility. Just like everyone, I had the same plans until I was once caught in a horrible situation. The time when my site was compromised! All the content was wiped off! I managed to get a backup from my host, but it wasn’t the most recent one.
Lesson learnt: Backup first!
So, here’s a list of myths and our excuses for not creating a WordPress backup.
1. ” WordPress will backup my site automatically”
Absolutely not my friends. WordPress doesn’t create backup of the site automatically. You need to do it yourself. WordPress has the ability to export your entire posts, pages, menus and comments. WordPress generates an XML file which contains your posts, comments, tags etc.. But, that’s not a backup.
You can also install a backup plugin to create a backup of your WordPress website. You can read my previous post about best free and premium WordPress backup plugins.
2. “My Web-Host will take care of my site”
It is possible but that’s not a perfect solution for your website. Many web hosts offer backup services but the backup frequency varies and their might be some other limitations. These limitations vary from host to host. Some times there’s a limitation on number of files, while some might have limitation on the complete backup size.
So depending on your web host for backups is not a right decision.
3. “A Database Backup is enough”
Database backup is not enough. A complete backup of WordPress website contains database backup and files backup. Database backup only contains posts, pages, tags etc. It is also necessary to backup all the plugins, themes and media contents. These plugins, themes and media contents exists in WordPress installation folder. So for a complete backup of your site you need to keep backup of database and WordPress installation folder.
4. “I don’t need a backup”
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post. I was ignorant about creating a backup and so are many others. But, everyone needs a backup be it a one page business website or a popular blog with hundreds of blog posts.
If you also think that your website is safe without any backup then my dear friends you’re wrong. Be prepared to face all the critical situations that impacts your website. You need a backup to keep your site away from such disasters.
5. “One Time Backup is fine”
One time backup is not enough for your website. If you make changes to your site frequently or publish content regularly then you do need a regular backup. Backup frequency in such cases could vary from daily to weekly. You can also go for automated incremental backup solutions provided by premium backup service like blogVault.
6. “I’m not stupid enough to break my site”
Ok. Everyone agrees. No one wants to hurt themselves. But, what if a theme or plugin that you installed causes an issue? What if you accidentally deleted a post or bunch of pages? We are humans, we make mistakes. A small mistake can turn out to be a nightmare. In such situations you lose data with your own mistakes. A backup of your WordPress website will be life saver in such situations. You are not stupid. So, be smart and create a backup.
7. “Local Backup is sufficient”
Local Backup means backup that is located on the same server where your site is hosted. What if your server crashes? You lost the backup of your website. So local backup is not at all good idea.
The best solution to avoid this situation is to put all your data on cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Dropbox etc. Many backup plugins offers you offsite storage which helps you to keep your data on multiple servers and protect it from such disasters.
8. “Backup is expensive”
There are several free and premium backup plugins that keep backup of your entire site. You can choose any free or premium plugin based on your requirements. If you are a full time blogger or plan to be one then I would recommend you to go for a premium backup plugin that will offer better features like off site, incremental and automated backups. Investing in your business is the right way to grow your business.
9. “Hackers don’t hack my website”
It is possible. It doesn’t matter for the hackers that site is popular or not. WordPress is very popular CMS and if you haven’t updated to the latest version then you might be leaving a backdoor open for hackers.
10. “A Backup is Too Much Work”
No it’s not. If you’ve any backup plugin installed then it’s not difficult task to keep backup of your website. There are lots of backup plugin available that offers you automated backup feature. You just need to install and activate the backup plugin and your work is done.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. I would recommend you to get started with a WordPress backup plugin right away.