In terms of managing your WordPress website, one of the most essential and crucial aspects to pay attention to is a regular backup routine. This applies to WordPress users but also to all the others who are running websites. The early days of the internet were mostly simple HTML pages tailored together, and back then – backups were not really something that people thought much of.
But times have changed and nearly every website, blog, or professional news magazine out there is relying on some sort of database management for storing and accessing data. This valuable data is what makes the given website worth visiting, and in case of server crashes, hard drive failures, hacker attacks or other major issues with your website, that data can easily get lost.
5 Mistakes when dealing with WordPress backups
If you dig deep enough, you can find plenty of stories circulating the web with cases where webmasters had server crashes or other issues, and unfortunately that caused all the data to disappear. It’s really not that uncommon, and although these days reliable hosting companies usually perform daily backups for their customers, there is no guarantee that these backups will restore your website 100%. Here are 5 common mistakes when backing up WordPress websites:
- Not having a regular WordPress backup schedule
- Backing up once a month
- Hosting the WordPress backup on your own server
- Not backing up everything
- Telling yourself it’s not worth it
1. Not having a regular WordPress backup schedule
The worst thing that you can do to your website and your community is not having a regular WordPress backup schedule set in place. Taking care of a simple backup process could have saved countless hours of work for so many webmasters and bloggers out there. It’s that thought in our minds: “I will be just fine, what could possibly happen to my website”, and then… it happens!
Luckily, WordPress bloggers and webmasters can be grateful for the countless WordPress backup solutions that service providers and the official plugin directory are offering. Setting up a backup routine for your WordPress website usually takes only a few minutes, and that in the end could save you lots of money, time and trouble on the long run! There is no reason to not backup your site.
2. Backing up once a month
Honestly, as the cost for hosting a WordPress website is very low nowadays, storage space issues usually are things of the past. But still there are many bloggers and webmasters relying on an insufficient backup schedule, such as once or twice a month. It’s possible that you’re not posting frequently, and perhaps consider that to be a non-issue, but you have to take into account things like WordPress comments or else. Find a plugin that allows you to backup your WordPress website once a day, with the ability to delete the previous backups if you’re being cautious about disk space.
3. Hosting the WordPress backup on your own server
This is the biggest irony you can come across, ever. There really is no excuse for being foolish enough to host your backups on the server that you’re trying to backup. Instead, you could rely on cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive to host the website backups for you. The majority of WordPress backup plugins nowadays come integrated with 3rd party hosting features, such as Dropbox. Also, avoid storing your backups only on your local drive, because it might be that it decides to break down as well. However, your local drive and Dropbox combined should be fine!
4. Not backing up everything
It’s certainly possible to backup things such as your database only, probably the most important part of any WordPress website. But it’s also very important to take into account your content folders, such as images, videos and other files, even your WordPress themes can get lost in the process. Would you really want to do all that work again from the beginning in case of data loss? Depending on the size of your website, it’s possible that your file folders are huge, so try and find a solution that can allow you to backup only the latest additions, otherwise disk space can become a problem.
5. Telling yourself it’s not worth it
The above four points are very valid, and also the most common ones to keep an eye on. But this last one is just pure laziness and lack of mindfulness about your valuable content, and the users who might want to access it. It may be the case that you don’t want to do research about suitable backup solutions for your WordPress website. Or you may not really want to be involved with the technical aspects of your website. In that case you could look out for all-in-one backup solutions such as VaultPress or else, which really doesn’t take much of your time to implement.
Conclusion: Backup your WordPress website regularly!
As you can see, there are quite a few things to consider when backing up your WordPress website. However, not backing up your website really isn’t a good idea. WordPress backups take less time than you may think, and these backups will make you feel comfortable when you realize that your website data is safe, no matter what happens! Do you have any questions or other suggestions for a regular WordPress backup schedule? Or have you even experienced data loss when not having backups in place? Let us know in the comments below.