Take it from experience… Creating backups of your WordPress website is absolutely essential.
Just last week, a client reported that his website had been hacked… just a week after we had completed the website’s redesign! The hosting service had an archived backup from 2 weeks earlier. But it was missing the key updates that we had made.
So what did we do?
Luckily, I use a plugin, called BackupBuddy, to save a backup at the completion of each client project.
I save archives of my client’s backup for about 6 months, so I can always refer back to them if needed. In this case, I was able to retrieve the client’s entire website from my backup. I brought the lost website completely back to life.
There are 3 key times that I create backups…
- Backup manually before upgrading. Always save a backup before upgrading Wordpress or the theme framework, or any major plugins. You never know when something may break!
- Backup manually at intervals during a website redesign. In addition to backing up at the end of each project, I often save backups from the start and middle points of the project. It’s helpful to have the files available.
- Backup automatically each week and month. For clients, I setup automated functions to backup the database each week and the full website each month. This schedule can be customized to fit different needs.
I use the premium BackupBuddy plugin for all of these functions.
The price is well worth the peace of mind. Try it out, and let me know what you think!