This guest post is by Anders Vinther of The WordPress Security Checklist.
Do you have insurance on your car? And on your house? Of course you do.
Do you have insurance on your WordPress site?
A good backup plan is your insurance policy on your WordPress site!
You might be a serious blogger who is already aware of the value represented by your WordPress site. The time and money you have invested in building it. The income stream it provides. The audience you have attracted. The traffic you get.
Or maybe you are a hobby blogger, and over time you have, little by little, built significant value on your site, be that emotional or monetary value.
Your web presence is like your real life presence. You buy your first house, move in, and get your first home and contents insurance based on the value of your possessions at the time. And ten years later you are still only insured for that initial value.
As with your real house, your WordPress site could disappear in an instant.
It does not matter if the reason is criminal intent, a natural catastrophe, or an accident. If you do not have good insurance, you have to start again from scratch.
So just how good is your WordPress insurance?
Here I’ve compiled a list of the most common WordPress backup mistakes, and added a few tips on how to avoid them.
In no particular order, these are the mistakes:
- not making a backup at all
- not making a complete backup
- relying on manual backups
- not getting the backup frequency right
- relying on your hosting company’s backup
- only storing your backup on your hosting account
- not storing your backups securely
- not testing your backup
- not storing your backups long enough.
Not making a backup at all
Yes, it’s sad, but it happens more often than you would think! Some people don’t take out insurance either. Don’t be one of them.
Tip: Do make backups!
Not making a complete backup
Some WordPress plugins only back up your WordPress database. WordPress consists of a database and a number of files. Unless you have a good backup of everything you probably don’t have anything!
A backup of your database will take you some of the way to a working site, but without images, plugins and themes (some of which might have been customized), you are a long way away from a fully functional site. And if you only have a backup of your files you have lost all your settings,