Making regular backups of their website is something everyone knows they should be doing. But are you actually doing it? I’m guessing probably not.
Bad things can strike your site (or sites) at any time. When that happens, it can take up lots of time restoring them to their former state. Or worse case, you could even risk losing your entire site completely.
The reason why I think most people don’t make backups is that it often feels like it is too much of a hassle. I know I’m like that myself. Especially since I own several sites, spanning across multiple web hosting accounts.
While I have been a loyal BackupBuddy user for years, I was only using it for performing sporadic manual backups, like when I wanted to move a site over to a different web host. So I would often have backups that were years old. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a big mistake.
Very recently, one of the web hosting companies I used, Burst.net, dropped off the face of the earth. I got a support ticket saying that I had a month to get our stuff off their servers. 2 days later, all my sites on the server were gone. And all I had was a 6 month old backup. Oops.
Recovering that 6 months of lost data has been a long and painful process…
Because of this incident, I made up my mind to change my lazy ways. No longer would I do manual WordPress backups. Instead, I would make sure all my sites are backed up regularly and automatically.
Honestly, I feel quite stupid for not taking advantage of BackupBuddy’s automated scheduling features until now. But sometimes it takes a bad incident to really give you the kick in the pants to do something important.
Scheduling Regular Backups with BackupBuddy
Backup Buddy is an extremely reliable and versatile WordPress backup solution. While it allows you make backups directly into your web hosting account, it also offers several ways to do scheduled backups to remote locations. For example, you can do backups to Dropbox or send files to Amazon S3.
However, the best and easiest remote backup solution is to make use of BackupBuddy Stash. As a BackupBuddy customer, you get 1GB of free, offsite backup space which is perfect for most people. Plus it handles things like encryption and redundant backups behind the scenes so you don’t have to worry about it.
Best of all it’s very easy to setup. Here is a quick tutorial how.
Make sure BackupBuddy is installed, and click on Schedules under the BackupBuddy options.
You will see a list of your currently scheduled backups including important info like when it was last run and when is the next scheduled run.
At the bottom of this page is the place where you can add a New Schedule.
Here, give your new schedule a name, and the type of backup you want to make. If you are unsure, BackupBuddy recommends doing daily database backups, and weekly full backups. This really depends though on how often your site is updated and how much space you want to use for your backup.
Next specify your backup interval. There are several options to pick from including monthly, weekly and daily backup intervals.
Finally, you need to add a Remote Destination. Clicking on the button lets you pick from a variety of remote desintations including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Email, FTP or BackupBuddy Stash.
In this case we will select BackupBuddy Stash.
Once this is done, click on the Add New Schedule button and you are good to go.
Accessing Your Backups
Checking and/or downloading your backups from BackupBuddy stash is quite simple as well.
Login to the BackupBuddy Stash page. Click on the Stash menu.
This will take you to your BackupBuddy Stash dashboard where where you can see how much space you are currently using and how much available space you have.
A list of your sites and their backups are listed and clicking on the Download button will download a backup to your computer.
Making regular backups of your wordpress site is something everybody should be doing. Whether you use BackupBuddy or some other alternative solution, make sure you identify one that works for you right away.
There are lots of things that can happen to your site, so don’t think that you are one of the lucky ones and nothing will happen to you. Trust me, something bad can and will happen to your site eventually.
So start scheduling automatic WordPress backups right away and give yourself some peace of mind. It will save you from a lot of headache in the future.
Have you ever almost lost a site because you didn’t have good backups? Tell us your story in the comments.