You have recently (or not recently) done one of two things:
Invested a little or a lot of your hard-earned $$$$ (or maybe € or £) into hiring a web designer to build your website.
You have spent a lot of painstaking hours reading articles, watching Youtube videos, following instructions, calling support numbers (and maybe even purchased a Websites for a Dummies book) to set up a website yourself.
And then one day you get an email or a phone call from a friend. “Hey Sally- I tried to go to your website but there is some weird error screen- maybe I have the wrong address.”
Sally must have the wrong address, right? So you go check it out and see for yourself that there is, in fact, something wrong.
Before a major freak-out/anger storm ensues- you go scrambling through your emails to find that number for your web host. After too long pressing buttons to get a real person on the line (unless of course you host with Bluehost), the nice tech help man tells you that your site has been hacked.
Hacked? That doesn’t actually happen- you think. So you ask them what you’re supposed to do. And here comes the ever-so-important question from the tech guy…..
“Well do you have a backup?”
It’s that moment of embarrassment where you know you are supposed to have “a backup”, but you’re not sure what that means exactly or you really believed it wouldn’t happen to you.
Well sorry, Charlie. It did happen to you.
And in this case you have 3 choices, both of which are less than desirable.
- Call your web designer with your tail between your legs and say “I think you said I should be backing up my site…..well I kinda forgot.” And pay them to rebuild your site.
- Rebuild the site yourself. Start from scratch. Remember that relief when you were done? Well, time to start over.
- Say F-this website stuff (even if you don’t use the F-word, you might in this situation). And go cry yourself to sleep realizing that a business isn’t a business without a website these days.
If you are scared and nervous right now because you don’t have a backup system in place, good. That’s exactly what I want. Because you need a backup
So stop what you’re doing right now to look at the options I’m going to give you (well I guess if you’re reading this you don’t stop, but you know what I mean). Take some time to get a backup system in place and then you never have to worry about what will ‘never happen to you’ again.
If you love and trust your webhost, give them a call and ask what options they have for you for backups. Don’t forget to ask the price. It may be monthly, forever- in which case you’re better off going with option 2. Ask them whether they do full backups, how often, and what is the process if one day your site disappears.
If you are like me and want total control of knowing your site is REALLY being backed-up, head on over here: My Favorite Backup System- BackupBuddy
Backup Buddy is my ultimate super favourite backup system.
It’s a plugin, which means a one-time payment that you will then upload to your WordPress site. You will then just configure a few settings: how often you want backups to run, where you want the backups to be sent, etc. You can even choose to receive an email when each backup is complete for 100% piece of mind. And if you are ever hesitant about the backups really going where you want them to go, you can always simply login to your site, click download and you will have the more recent backup right on your computer.
It’s simpler than it seems. And BackupBuddy has a range of tutorials & support to help you if you get stuck.
Extra bonus: You can use BackupBuddy to also make a ‘copy’ of your site and move it somewhere else. Who knows? You might change domain names, move your site somewhere else, etc. Super useful in this case.
Here are two tutorial videos on how to install BackupBuddy, make your first backup, and then set up automatic backup scheduling:
Installing BackupBuddy & creating your first backup:
Scheduling Automatic Backups:
So I want to hear from you.
Be honest- are you backing up your website? Let me know in the comments below.