Have you ever been hacked or lost content on your site?
It’s a terrible experience.
While there are plenty of things you can do to secure your site, one of the smartest measures WordPress users can take is to backup their site.
The good news is that backing up your site is extremely easy.
Even better, site backups can be fully automated. All you need is the right plugin.
There are a few good options for backing up your site. Here are the factors you should consider when selecting a WordPress backup plugin.
The three features you need
When choosing the right solution to backup your WordPress site, there are three things you should consider.
1. Automated backups
Whatever solution you choose, it should have an automated backup schedule. This could be once a month, once a week, or daily.
I would recommend scheduling a backup every day since you never know when you might need to restore your site. This feature comes with most plugins, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.
2. Manual backups
Want to save yourself a lot of time and hassle?
The key to safely updating plugins and themes on your site is to backup first, every time.
Unbreaking your site after a bad update can be a huge pain, so having a backup you can switch to makes things much easier. In order to backup before plugin updates, you’ll need to be able to update manually.
It’s important that the solution you choose allows you to manually create a backup before you download any new updates. Alternatively, an automatic backup before updates works well.
3. Automatic restores
What’s the point of backing up your site if you don’t know how to restore the backup?
Restoring your site from a backup requires a bit of technical skill involving uploading the backup files via FTP or phpMyAdmin. Make sure you understand the restore process and you are comfortable with it before choosing a solution.
For most users, one-click automatic restores are easiest.
Plugins to backup your site
Now that you know what you need, visit our collection of plugins to backup WordPress.
You’ll find some great solutions there. The steps for actually backing up your site are pretty clear with each one. Usually, there’s just a simple settings page to schedule your backups.
Secure your site with backups
Regardless of the solution you choose, it’s important that you backup your site. All the hard work and money you put into your site(s) needs to be protected.
Knowing you’ve got daily backups and the ability to restore from any disaster will give you great peace of mind, not to mention, potentially save you a ton of time, money, and stress in case of disaster.
Have questions about how to backup a WordPress site? Leave a comment below.