If you’re building your website with WordPress, you know how easy it is to add, delete and change the functionality of your website. You probably also know the importance of backing up your data in case of human errors, a faulty server or a hacker. So if you know all this, how come you’re not backing up your data?
If you’re like most of us, you’re not doing simply because you don’t know how easy it is.
And that’s where today’s product can help. It’s BackupBuddy from iThemes, a well-known developer of the terrific WordPress theme Builder. If you’re using a backup plugin such as WP-DB Backup or Automatic WordPress Backup, you’re probably doing okay. But I’d bet that you don’t know how easy it is to install BackupBuddy and schedule regular offsite backups. And if you did, you’d get BackupBuddy and eliminate your need to worry about backups for a long, long time.
So if you’re on the fence, here are five reasons you should be using BackupBuddy to backup your WordPress site:
1) You can use it to transfer your site to a different hosting account.
Many affiliates who run multiple sites complain that changing web hosting services is a difficult and painful process. Why is that? It’s because most affiliates aren’t just running one, but several … or dozens, of sites. This means that every WordPress site you have needs to be moved individually from your original host to your new host. And doing that by hand can be painful.
But if you use BackupBuddy’s migration feature, you can make a copy of your site with just one click. And then all you need to do is install WordPress and BackupBuddy on your new server, then open your copied site file there. It’s really that easy.
2) You can use it to clone a WordPress setup you often use.
If you’re running an affiliate business across several niches with multiple domains and websites, you can scale your business more easily with BackupBuddy. All you need to do is create a basic install of WordPress with all of your preferred themes, plugins and content in one site. You simply upload a zip-file and a small script to where you want to restore your site, and then use a guided six-step installation process. If you know how to create a new MySQL database, this is easy. (If not, you can find someone on Guru.com to help with this for less than $10.)
3) Your web hosting service doesn’t care.
We’ve recently discussed web hosting here on the blog and I said some nice things about a few web hosts. I take all of that back.
Why? Not because anything has happened to my sites, they’re running fine. But all of the hosts have a clause in their terms of service (which you probably didn’t read) that says they’re not responsible for backing up data on their servers. Those terms will also say that offsite backup of your site data is your responsibility, not theirs.
This doesn’t mean that your host is acting irresponsibly with your data, even the worst web host tries to protect your data. But it does mean you need to take proper steps to back up your data on a regular basis, and that you should be backing up your data offsite. This leads into the next reason …
4) BackupBuddy makes offsite backup easy.
It makes it easy to automate your backups and have them saved at another location. Simply schedule, set up access to your FTP, Dropbox or Amazon S3, and you won’t need to worry about it again.
This video shows how easy it is to set up your site with Backup Buddy
5) You might not believe it now, but it will save your behind.
Even if you don’t think so, you will make a mistake. And you’ll do it when you least want to. For instance, I know someone who accidentally deleted her Christmas toys blog the weekend after Thanksgiving, right before Cyber Monday. While she scrambled and got the site running in time for the sales rush, she did so because BackupBuddy saved the day.
Do you have a strategy for backing up your WordPress sites? Are you using BackupBuddy? Let us know in the comments!
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