How to Backup Your Website

Backing up your website is the best thing you can do for your business!  Many website owners do not know the importance of having their website backed upped regularly.  What if your hosting provider had accidentally deleted your website? Or your website was hacked by a cyber attacker? You could even take your site down yourself with an accidental deletion of a file! Not only would your hard work be lost but it would also affect your presence on the internet. If you have the backup, you can restore the website again rather quickly.  Without the backup, you may have to start building your website all over again.

Having a good backup plan in place will give you peace of mind if something horrible did happen to your website.  You may not know the technicalities of backing up your website, but you should make sure something is set in place to make it happen!  There are several ways to back up your website.  Here are just a few.

How to Backup Manually Via FTP:

Using this low-tech method, you can manually File Transfer Protocal your files to your local computer.

  • You will need to download an FTP client such as Filezilla.
  • After you have downloaded and installed Filezilla, use the quick connect feature to connect to your ftp account.
  • After you have connected, you can then download your files.
  • On the left and right side of the windows, you will choose the directories to copy from and where to copy the files to.
  • Don’t forget to back up your databases too!

How to Backup Using cPanel:

You can back up with cPanel if you are hosting on a server with the control panel installed:

  • Log into your cPanel control panel.
  • Click on the ‘Backup” icon.
  • Select “generate / download a full backup”.
  • Select “Home Directory” in “Backup Destination” and enter your email address, before clicking the “Generate Backup” button.
  • You will receive an email when the backup is ready.

How to Backing Up to The Cloud:

The cloud can be perfect place to keep a backup. There are several solutions for backing up to the cloud, here a few:

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • Jungle Disk Server

If your website uses WordPress, there are many backup plugins available.

  • Backup Buddy
  • BackWPup
  • Backup & Restore Dropbox
  • Backup Guard
  • Backup & Restore WPBackItUp

To sum it up, disaster could strike at any time! There is no better time than RIGHT NOW to back up your website.

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