How Often Should You Backup Your WordPress Website?

Jul 2, 2021 | Web Design, Website Strategy, WordPress

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Backing up your WordPress website is Essential if you want to have a copy of your website files and database in case of a disaster.

anything could happen at any point with your website as it is always vulnerable to attack, or you could accidentally delete files due to human error or a system malfunction.

In any event, you want to make sure you have a recent backup of your website that you can restore. Backing up as often as possible will ensure that you have multiple copies to choose from.

How often you backup will depend on how you use your website and the type of website it is. you could back up your website on a daily, weekly or even hourly basis.

Choose a backup frequency based on your website

If you have a basic website that does not get updated in terms of content very often, you probably don’t need to backup too often therefore for once or twice a month may be good enough for you. 

On the other hand, if you run a really busy website that has lots of changes being made or lots of transactions, you will want to run more regular backups so that you have more restore points if you ever need to roll back to a previous backup.

In this case you may want to run backups multiple times a day.

WordPress Backup Tips

Here are some things to consider regarding backing up your website:

  • Some website hosting companies offer automatic backups on their servers but do not rely on this. Always have your own backup system which is kept separately from their servers. In the past hosting companies have lost backups or you may not be able to easily restore from their backups.
  • Always do a manual backup of your website before making any major changes such as updating WordPress or plugins. This allows you to easily undo the update if something goes wrong.
  • If your files do not change often on your website, you can run data back database backups more often than file backups as this is quicker to run. The database file is what keeps all the changes you make so as long as you haven’t changed files such as images you can restore just the database.
  • Schedule your backups so that you don’t forget to do them. Most good backup plugins allow you to set a schedule that can run when you specify. Just be sure to connect the plugin to a cloud service such as Google Drive or Dropbox so that you don’t store the backups on your web server. 

There you have it. There is no excuse not to backup your website, as there are so many options out there to do so. 

If you do not want to handle this on your own, there are aftercare services that take care of this for you. Just speak to a web professional to ensure that you have things set up correctly if you are not sure.

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