The biggest mistake a WordPress user can make is not consistently backing up their website to avoid a potential catastrophe.
It’s beyond me why people don’t back up their websites. It’s extremely easy to do and can save your online business in the event something happens to your site.
There are various methods you can use to backup your site, and the best one is automatic, so you basically “set and forget”, and your site will be backed up without you ever having to lift a finger.
In this article, I am going to share with you 6 reasons why you should always back up your WordPress site.
I am also going to share with you the best way to backup your WordPress site and also share with you how often you should backup your site.
So without further ado, let’s begin.
Prevent Data Loss
The very first reason why you should consistently backup your WordPress site is to prevent data loss.
If anything happens to your WordPress site and it’s taken offline, you don’t want to be in a position where you lose valuable blog posts, content, custom pages, etc.
Trust me, you don’t want to recreate tons of content from scratch. It will be a pain in the ass.
If you backup your website, you can restore your site easily with a quick phone call to your web hosting provider (if your provider provides backups), or with a click of a button.
To Make Disaster Recovery Easier
Look anything can happen to your site…
Your Webserver could be destroyed due to a fire or natural disaster.
Cybercriminals could have hacked into your web hosting servers, deleted all of the sites, and replaced them with their own.
The possibilities are endless.
If you have recent backups of your WordPress site, you could easily switch web hosting providers, and restore your site with ease.
Disasters happen and it’s better to be safe than sorry by backing up your website on a regular basis.
Easy Restoration if Infected With Malware
Unfortunately, malware attacks happen to WordPress sites. Not because WordPress is not secure Actually, WordPress core is very secure with a team of developers constantly working on it and pushing updates to fix bugs and keep it secure.
The problem is the plugins that you install…
A lot of plugins that are available are not being updated consistently to patch security issues & bugs or the plugin developer just completely abandoned the project.
Plugins that are not updated consistently are vulnerable to malware attacks by cybercriminals, which will eventually corrupt your website.
If you have a backup available, you can purge your site of malware and restore a fresh copy easily.
Restore Your Theme if it’s Not Compatible With a Certain Plugin
A major reason why you should back up your website is just in case a plugin that you have installed is not compatible with your WordPress theme.
A plugin that is incompatible with your theme can cause damage and crash your site.
If you have backups on hand, you can restore your site with ease and not lose sleep.
Reverse Damage Caused by Human Error
Human error is a part of life.
One day you might be extremely tired, you might have been doing some work in your FTP manager and you accidentally deleted your site by mistake.
This can easily be fixed if you have a backup of your site.
Even though your web-hosting provider is probably backing up your site, you always want to back up your site yourself to another location, just so you can have it for your own safe-keeping.
Redundancy is important and the more locations you can have your WordPress site backed up to, the better off you’ll be.
You don’t want to rely on your web hosting provider to keep updated copies of your site because they can always turn around and say to you that they only backup at random times of the month, and they may end up having an outdated version of your site that is missing the latest blog posts, theme updates, etc.
The Best Way to Backup Your WordPress Website
Now let’s discuss the best way to backup your WordPress site.
For me personally, I’ve been using a backup plugin called Updraft Plus.
It’s free, and it creates a backup of your files & databases (your whole site) to a remote location of your choice.
Also, you can schedule automatic backups to run daily, weekly or monthly.
So all you have to do is set it up once, and let it back up your site automatically without you having to do it manually.
Updraft Plus has many more features, especially if you purchase the premium version. But the free version is good enough for me and most people.
So I recommend that you install the Updraft Plus plugin. I promise that you won’t regret it!
How Often Should You Backup Your Site?
I recommend backing up your site weekly. I usually schedule my backups to run automatically once a week and so far so good. I’ve been using Updraft Plus for a while and I’ve never had an issue.
Now if you are constantly uploading new content to your site every single day, then you probably will want to schedule your backups daily. Just to be on the safe side…
Well, that’s all for this post everyone. I hope I’ve convinced you to start making consistent backups of your WordPress site so you don’t lose everything if something happens.
As I’ve stated earlier, Updraft Plus if the best plugin, in my opinion, to get the job done.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out this article. Hope you everyone enjoyed it and I will see you next time!