Hey there again. I was recently working with a past client of mine who hasn’t been regularly backing up her website, and I was asked the ever popular question:
“But why do I need to back it up if nothing on my website changes?”
Well, the fact is that your website IS always changing. With regular updates rolling out from WordPress itself, or if it’s your plugins, or what be it, your website is in a constant state of updates. (Whether you’re smart and run the updates when you log in, or not, that’s your call.)
The most overlooked thing to do for your website is to back it up regularly.
I do understand that some business owners don’t want to be bothered with spending time and money on something that “might” happen, or “could possibly” be an issue. But in all honesty, wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?
Hackers make a living out of ruining people’s websites and their hard work. Trust me when I say, they are persistent in what they do. You don’t want to be the victim of a hacker and then be left out in the cold when you can’t restore your website back to full functionality just because you didn’t want to take a couple minutes to get this set up.
So here are a couple short and sweet reasons as to why you should do regular backups of your website followed by a quickie how-to (install the plugin, that is).
You’d Rather Be Safe Than Sorry
You never know when a hacker may take aim at your precious baby that is your website. Be proactive, and keep a safe and complete backup of your website. Worst case scenario, you upload your backup to your website, and lose a couple days worth of data. Not a huge loss compared to the big picture of potentially losing the whole she-bang.
Backups From Your Hosting Company Won’t Cut It
Backups from your hosting company aren’t specifically designed for WordPress. They’re just a general umbrella backup that might not actually help you when you need it.
You Could Make A Mistake Editing Your Website
Maybe you were making changes and accidentally overwrote a file and you can’t figure out how to un-overwrite the file. This is where a backup would come in handy!
Install a backup plugin, run a backup and store it to the cloud.
For this tutorial, you’ll need a Dropbox account (log in under a new tab in your browser), and we’ll be installing UpdraftPlus. UpdraftPlus is a free backup/ restore/ clone plugin that you can easily find in the WordPress Plugin Repository.
- Login to your WordPress Website
- Click on “Plugins”, and navigate to the “Add New” area
- Search for “UpdraftPlus”, and click on “Install Now” (Note: I already have this installed on the sample website, so where it says “Installed” in the photo below, is where you would see “Install Now”. Just click it.)
- Once you’ve successfully installed UpdraftPlus, you’ll navigate to “Settings” (in the left navigation bar), and then to “UpdraftPlus Backups”
- Click on “Settings”
- Now you’ll need to select how often to back up, and how many copies of your website should be stored.
- Scroll down a bit, and select your remote storage location (We’re using Dropbox, so select that one), and scroll down, and hit “Save Changes”
- Next, you’ll need to authenticate with Dropbox. Scroll up to where it says “Authenticate with Dropbox:” and click the link next to it.
- You’ll be redirected to Dropbox with a window prompting you to allow Dropbox to link with UpdraftPlus. Hit “Allow”
- You’ll be redirected to your WordPress admin screen, and you should see a success message saying thet you’re successfully linked to Dropbox.
- If you’re not already on the “Current Status” tab, click that, and manually run a backup by clicking “Backup Now”
- Let Updraft run its process, and you’re all set! Double check in your Dropbox account that a backup has run correctly and that the files are there.
Easy-peasy, and now you have no excuse to let your website fall victim to silly mistakes or rude hackers.
Questions? Hit us up in the comments below!