Really…how often do you back up your site? I mean, back up the ENTIRE site?
Most people do it rarely, if at all. My guess is they are relying on their hosting company to have up to date, reliable backups. Well…..
You can’t always count on that since, well, things do happen. So it’s always good to have another backup plan in place.
You might even be surprised how many people who have lost their sites (or hard drives) still don’t back up. I’m not saying this so you’ll feel comfortable because you have plenty of company.
I’m saying it to drive home the point that human nature being what it is, if we’re left to our own devices, we don’t always do what we know is in our best interest.
So in order to get us to do what we really should do, we need to:
- make it easy
- make it as automated as possible
You don’t have to go overboard like I do and back everything up to an external hard drive and then store it in your safety deposit box. That’s a tad overkill for most people’s needs. (My whole business is on the web, so I’m not leaving anything to chance!)
Backup Buddy is a powerful plugin from the folks at Plugin Buddy.
It meets these 2 criteria above, so if you haven’t been backing up your site, or haven’t figured out how to do it more easily, you’ll want to take a look at the plugin.
It’s already running on thousands of sites – if not tens of thousands – and really serves as an all-in-one solution for backups, restoration, and migration. So it’s also great for whenever you need to move your site, such as switching to a new hosting company.
You can back up to your server, Amazon S3, a FTP/FTPS account, or an email.
If you are already backing up your site on a regular basis and have a system in place, then you wouldn’t necessarily need this. That’s assuming you really are working the system you have in place.
But, if you have NOT been backing up your site regularly, or don’t know how, or don’t want to pay someone else to do it for you, this is a great solution.
And it can bring you peace of mind and added safety in the event of data loss. The goal is to keep the backup, restoration, and migration processes easy, fast, and reliable.
As of this writing, Backup Buddy is only $45 for use on a single website.
Is your peace of mind worth $45?
Is your business?
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