Hi there! In this video, you’ll learn what a website backup is and the three ways you can create one. Picture this… Over the past year, you’ve
taken numerous photos with your smart phone – special times with family and friends. You know you need to save copies of these photos on your local computer or in a cloud storage account, you forget or just procrastinate. Then one day, you lose your smart phone, or
forget it’s in your pocket and send it through the wash! Without a backup of your photos, every single treasured one is lost forever! UGH! Now think about your website… you’ve put
your heart and soul into designing and building it and then one day, Poof! It’s gone! You accidentally delete it or it becomes irretrievably corrupted by a virus. Regardless of how it happens, if you have a website, it’s imperative you regularly back up your website, or in other words, save a copy of your website files in a secondary location. Backing up your website may seem to be somewhat of a hassle, but if anything goes awry, for any reason, you’ll always have a fresh copy of your website that you can use as a replacement. The consequences for not having a website backup can be grim. In general, there are three ways you can back up your website. First, you can back up your website manually by moving your files from the hosting server to your local computer using FTP, or File Transfer Protocol. While this is the most low-tech way to create
a website backup, it does require some planning and effort on your part. If you choose to manually back up your website, you’re responsible for remembering to do it on a regular basis. Additionally, you must monitor the download from server to computer to ensure it’s successful. If you have a large website the download
process can take a long time. The second way to back up your website is using your hosting platform’s built-in backup tool. Using a hosting platform’s built-in backup
tool is generally quicker and easier than manual FTP’ing. However, not every platforms’ backup tool enables you to schedule or automate your backups; which means you may be responsible for manually initiating the process each time and ensuring that backups are created on a regular basis. The third way to back up your website is using a paid website backup service. When you purchase website backup services from a company, they automatically create a backup of your website on a daily basis, and store the backup for you. GoDaddy’s website backup service, Site Backups, saves the last 30 backups of your website, as well as any databases related to your websites. Site Backups is also integrated with GoDaddy hosting, so if disaster strikes, you can use your backup to quickly restore individual website files or your entire hosting account. Whether you do it yourself, or prefer to use an automated service like GoDaddy’s Site Backups, having a website backup provides
an invaluable safety net and peace of mind. So if you haven’t already… back up your website today!