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3 Reasons to Invest in Automated Website Backup

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8 Oct

3 Reasons to Invest in Automated Website Backup

Having your data lost or stolen in an unforeseen circumstance, can be a business or website owner’s’ greatest fear.. What if your current web host accidentally deleted your website, like what happened to a GoDaddy customer in 2010? What if you deleted some website files by accident? Since nobody is immune to accidents, automated website backup can help you recover your website files if anything were to happen to them.

Ensuring the safety of your website data is critical for the security of your business. Automated website backup is a worthwhile and highly recommended investment and here’s why:

Restore Your Website Quickly After an Incident Occurs

When an incident happens that you may not have expected, it’s important that you are prepared for the sake of your business and for customer vitality. Ensuring your website is backed up and that the website’s copy is up-to-date will help to easily restore balance in your business and to your data in times of chaos.  

Emergency preparedness is the key to helping you restore your website data extremely quickly. Being prepared will help you to avoid losses in revenue or income and website penalties from Google.

Let’s say your website was developed on a test server and you recently tweaked your site. These changes won’t take place on your original site version. This is especially true for websites that contain discussion forums, blogs or any type of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Since most content that contains value is uploaded by your users, it simply can only be in existence on your site. However, a site backup can eliminate all of these potential problems.

Get the Best Website Backup & Allow Your Web Host to Set Your Backup Schedule

What is the best type of website backup?

Some website owners may be unaware that most important types of website backups:

  1. Full Backup
  2. Incremental Backup
  3. Differential Backup
  4. Mirror Backup

Although it’s probably rather obvious that the “Full Backup” is the MOST important of the types, because it’s simply the most comprehensive of the four. It can usually take somewhere to a day for your automated backup to be completed. Most backup service providers should also offer incremental backup after the initial full backup has been done. This will save any and all changes since the initial backup and save you time and disk space for your hosted services.

Some web hosts or external file storage services may only offer one of the other four types of backups, but not offer the full backup solution. Watch out for this when choosing a provider.

Allow Your Web Host to Decide Your Backup Schedule

A great automated backup solution should allow your web hosting provider to select your schedule. The truth is that your website probably has various dynamic elements, such as databases, that allow your web host to analyze when your quickest times are to ensure your incremental backup is done on a daily basis or as needed basis. Your website would also be monitored so that additional backups will be scheduled to occur anytime you make a change to your website.

As far as timing is concerned, your host will review the times when your website is quickest and set it up so that your backups run during these times. This will limit any disruption to your site and your customers.

Easily Automate Your Website’s Backup to Create Local & Remote Copies

Having the power to automate domain-level backups brings endless possibilities and peace of mind to website owners. Although there are multiple backup solutions out there, a great provider should be able to support mission critical data, with up to 50GB of storage. This would also include backup of your web pages (website files), databases (MySQL files), images, scripts and applications and email structure and correspondence.

Automated backup will eliminate the need for manual backups. Business owners will no longer have to search for alternatives for file storage off-site or monitor the changes in the versions of their websites.  

The right solution will allow you to automate the entire process easily and make it so your local and remote copies are backed up too, making you prepared for almost any situation. As such, it’s important to understand the difference between local and remote backups.

Local Backup: Often kept on the same server or in the same location or close by the source.

Remote Backups: Generally managed off-site; the backup can be started and restored directly from the backup source location.

If you haven’t yet invested in automated website backup for your website or if you’re currently using an off-line solution, consider using HostPapa’s automated website backup. Have a question about this service or want to learn more about it, please feel free to leave your questions and comments below. We would love to hear them!

James Grey

James is an important member of the content team at HostPapa. Although he enjoys writing and web design, what he really loves is hiking with his German Shepard Lucy.

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