What Is A Backup And Why Do I Need It
If you have a website and you blog on it or write articles on a regular basis you should definitely have at least one safety measure in case you lose all the content one day.
Imagine that you have several pages and posts that add up to a couple of thousands of words.
If one day someone hacks into your website and deletes it all or something goes wrong and it’s all gone, not only will all your hard work be gone, but you have no way of restoring or retrieving it.
This is why you should definitely have the Best Online Data Backup Service you can find.
The better the service the less hassle and trouble you will have to retrieve it.
In this article I will show you what the best way to backing your website is and how you can easily copy it for free!
Although there are tons of services you can sign up to and pay for, I prefer to do it myself and safe the money.
You do not have to be tech savvy or an expert, all you have to do is follow my guidelines.
Backing It All Up
Although there is a video below which will explain everything in detail, the tutorial I created is a little laggy and it’s hard to understand certain points.
Therefore I decided to include a quick step-by-step guide here, in case any points have been missed out or incomprehensible.
What we will be doing is 3 different backups to be incredibly safe, but I will also include a bonus backup for those of you that can never be safe enough!
#1 – Exporting your website:
If you are using WordPress, then this will be very quick!
First you have to log onto your website and go to your dashboard. Once you’re inside your dashboard, scroll down until you see the Tools tab.
Hover over it and click on the export tab.
This will open up the Export menu, where you can either choose to export separate pages or posts, or the entire content of your entire website.
I tend to do the entire website as it’s fairly quick and it’s better to have everything in one file instead of several small files.
Once you’re file is downloaded, you can save it anywhere you like on your computer.
What this did, was basically formatting your entire website into one file, which could be comparable into a zip file.
If you ever lose all your stuff, you can simply create a new website, log into your dashboard, go to the tools section and this time import the file.
All of your content will be back on your new site!
Issues With That Method
Although this is incredibly useful and a very effective way to back up your website, you might find certain issues with uploading your website.
I’ve talked to people and read reports of others, that complained about the way their website was uploaded.
Typically some of them said:
- Not all pages/posts were included
- Files wouldn’t load at all
- Widgets weren’t in the correct places
- Images and layout of their posts were completely different
- other small visual issues
This doesn’t mean that you should exclude this method. It might as well be the fastest way of restoring your content.
I’m guessing that the people who did have these issues didn’t backup their website regularly, so when new updates came, the theme layout changed slightly which caused wrong encryptions of the file.
The Long Way
#2 – Copy and Paste every page and post:
So the longer way which involves a bit more work from your part, would be to copy paste every single page and post onto a word document.
This seems like a very old fashioned way, but it works and it’s just another pre percussion.
The good thing about this backup method is that you won’t have any issues with the layout of your content and all the images etc. will be included just the way you’ve created it the first time.
Issues With That Method
The only slight side effect with this method would be that you won’t have any layouts and widgets the way they were on your previous site.
Of course this is a minor problem, since now you could switch themes and change your layout completely.
Most importantly you will still have all the content you created, which I guess is the heart and soul of your website!
The third method is not really a separate method, it is more a combination of the first two and backing these up.
In the tutorial you will see that I have a folder with all my content of my website in it.
I suggest to do the same with your backup format. This way you have a nice place to keep your things organized and know where to look for if the dreadful moment ever happens.
But what if your computer breaks down one day? All of your backing up will be lost as well.
This is where we get to our third point.
#3 – The External Hard drive:
Definitely save all of your data onto an external hardware. This doesn’t necessarily have to be hard drive. You can easily use a USB stick or whatever other storage methods you prefer to use.
There is no real negative side to this method and it is just extra safety for you!
The bonus point like I said is for those of you that really can never be safe enough.
#4 – Cloud it up:
If you are afraid of having a badly encrypted file, your word documents or PC lost and your hard drive got stolen or broke, then all of the above mentioned Online Data Backup methods failed.
My only advice would be to store everything online. Send everything to your own email or upload it to some cloud storage.
The only way you can lose that content would be if someone hacked into your account.
If you’re not a fan of reading the guidelines, feel free to watch the tutorial I’ve recorded.
I apologize in advance for the terrible video, but there were several issues with it for some reason. I tried adding notes every time my voice cut off, but it is for that purpose that I’ve created a written tutorial as well:
As you could tell, the title might be slightly misleading, as there is no service you sign up to.
It is you that’s providing a service to yourself!
However I prefer to trust myself with valuable things like these. If you learn how to backup your own website, you can’t blame it on anyone else and you’re the only owner of that content.
No one else can steal or lose it.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel free to leave comments behind if you have other safety measures. I’m always happy to learn additional information and I’d be happy to include it here.
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