Have you backed up your web site lately?

Well, as much fun as my vacation was, my return from vacation has not been so grand. A broken hinge on my laptop prompted me to try to move my files to a new computer, and the move has not exactly gone smoothly. Which brings me to the subject of today’s post…

Although I’m having trouble getting some of my software to function properly on the new machine, I am comforted by the knowledge that I have a full backup of all of my files, and more importantly, my clients’ files. While my current problems are a bit frustrating, once I get things up and running, I’ll be safely on my way because all of my data is safe and sound, including the files for my own web site.

So how long has it been since you backed up your web site? I know what you may be thinking…”I don’t need to back up my site, because my host does it for me.” But let me ask you this…what if your host goes out of business and takes your web site files with them? Or what if your host’s most recent backup is from a week ago, during which time you’ve made major changes to your site, and they want to charge you $50 to restore the site after a disaster? (Both true stories, I’m sorry to say.)

You need to protect your web site data the same way you protect your other important documents. Doing a backup isn’t hard, and for most web sites, it isn’t even particularly time consuming. And when something goes wrong, having a recent copy of all of your web data will more than make up for the minor inconvenience involved in creating regular backups.

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One Response to “Have you backed up your web site lately?”

  1. Kylie says:

    Not a lot of people think about backing up, let alone backing up their web site. As you say, I would much rather be inconvenienced by manually backing up then have to reconstruct an entire web site, particularly if it’s e-commerce based.