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Creating and maintaining a site today is much easier than it was in the past. But there's still plenty that can go wrong. And we aren't just talking about security breaches, which are unfortunately becoming all too common. A simple update to your site's platform is built on, or the theme/design it uses could cause unforeseen problems. Or an employee could accidentally delete an important file.
We understand that, and hopefully, you do too. There are just too many scenarios where trouble could strike if you don't have a plan in place. With that in mind, let's look at what you can do to make sure you always have backups and are prepared should something happen to your site.
One of the main things that your hosting plan should include is making backups of your site. Yes, plural. Backups. They aren't as hard to do as you might think. Especially if you're using a user-friendly admin panel like cPanel, they should be done regularly and kept in at least a couple of different locations.
Having a single copy of your recent backups on a local machine or external drive is great. But what happens if that drive becomes corrupt, is damaged, lost, etc.? Take it a step further and make sure you have another copy saved safely in the cloud somewhere.
If you're using WordPress, as many people do, there are many ways to get a backup of your site. The one you choose depends on how detailed and deep you need the backup to be and your budget. Our guide to popular WordPress backup plugins shows you just some of the options that are out there.
If you want to do a full backup of everything and have cPanel, it's not that hard either. You have to know where to look and what to expect. Keep in mind that a complete cPanel backup isn't instant, so don't wait until you feel trouble is lurking before you decide to do it.
Go to cPanel and into the Backups folder. This is found under Files. There's a button to download a full backup (download/generate). Click that button, then put in your email address. We recommend saving the file to your home directory, which you can find in the drop-down box that appears. Now click generate, and you'll get an email when it's done.
If you're on one of our shared or business hosting plans, you have the option of using our daily backup service. This will do a full cPanel backup for you every night, and you can access these backups anytime you'd like to download, make copies or use them to restore your site. Or if you'd rather our techs do a restoration for you, we can do that too (for free!). By default, these backups will be available for 90 days, but you can adjust this if you'd like. It's only $3/month plus $0.015 Per GB ($15 Per TB). If you're interested in signing up, you can learn more about the service here and see how to manage and verify your backups here.
Written by Hostwinds Team / January 20, 2017