Top 3 Ways to take WordPress site Backup

By June 3, 2015Tips

Do you take WordPress site backup seriously? Do you have a strong disaster recovery strategy?
I don’t have to tell you how important it is have a good backup plan for all the hard work you have put into your site or blog. Disasters can occur any time like servers get crashed, developers make mistakes or websites get hacked.
Two years back a fashion and lifestyle blogger friend of mine posted on Facebook “My site is hacked. I have lost all my valuable and popular posts. I don’t know how I’ll create all those months’ work again”
She was devastated. She lost all her content, comments, emails, media files, everything because she did not bother to backup her site.
Let me show you how you can secure your WordPress site in three ways.

Host-provided backups

Most hosts provide this facility. It is certainly a nice benefit. You don’t have to worry about managing backups manually. Some hosts provide daily or weekly backup facility.
However, this is not exactly a fail-safe way. As not all hosts have a remote location to store the backups. Moreover, if they have problems with their servers it will affect your site’s backup too.
So at the time of disaster you will have to be at the mercy of your host’s support staff.

WordPress plugins

WordPress provides many plugins to backup your site. These plugins are very easy to install and use. They provide automatic scheduling for your backup.
Before you buy any plugin, you need to check if they provide the cloud backup facility. Because many plugins store backups in the wp-content folder and if your site goes down, your data will be gone too!
Some plugins only backup the database of your site and not your media files. In such case, you’ll have to backup your files.
You can use both the above methods on your WordPress site or try my personal favorite Backup Breeze!

Cloud backup

In cloud backup, data is stored in remote cloud-based servers. These providers can easily restore your website. Some cloud backup providers let you schedule backups and it is done regularly and automatically.
The best feature in this is “cloud sync”- data automatically is saved as you’re creating or updating it. In addition, these services are very affordable.
Using this method, you’ll have peace of mind that your WordPress site is safe in off-site cloud-based servers. It takes every minute’s backup of your site and you’ll have a strong disaster recovery plan.
It is better to take preventive measures to avoid any disasters with your WordPress site. This will save your time and money.
So choose a backup method which will provide you best services, as per your website’s and your business’s needs. Many people prefer to use all the three methods and like to receive a copy of their data in emails every day.
In the comments, share your experience you may have with poor backup services or where the backup saved you from a disaster.
Which backup method do you use? I would love to hear from you!