See that photo to the left of the fried computer? That really can happen. And that’s a phone on top that burned to a crisp! When’s the last time you backed up your WordPress website? A month ago? A year ago? Never? I’m not ashamed to admit that even as this is what I do for a living (design and maintain websites) in the past backing up my own site was the last thing on my mind. Considering that from the time I owned my very first computer I’ve never lost any significant amount of files or data, I take it for granted that technology is pretty much reliable these days and at the worst I have a copy of most of what I need on an external drive. I feel secure.
The truth is, however, when it comes to your website, it would be quite a hassle to recreate everything from scratch if you (or I) ever had to. Fortunately, it’s very easy to keep your WordPress site backed up on a regular basis with a program I’ve come to rely upon – WordPress Backup to Dropbox.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox does just what its name implies. It backs up your entire WordPress website (or just the directories you want backed up) to your Dropbox account. Even better is the fact that it’s a free WordPress plugin and easy to set up and use. It’s also a relief knowing that even if your hard drive fails you can log into Dropbox and retrieve a backup, if ever necessary.
For my clients who already have a Dropbox account, they find WordPress Backup to Dropbox to be a lifesaver. About once a month I check to make sure backups are being made and that nothing’s wrong. Other than that, there’s very little hands-on attention needed by this great little timesaver.
If you’ve spent months or years updating, maintaining and improving your site, don’t let leave your masterpiece sit unattended. If you’re like me and rarely think about backing up, try this great little plugin to ensure you always have a current backup of your site. For me, every Wednesday without fail my site is backed up and if I ever need to restore my site in a flash, from anywhere I happen to be in the world, all I have to do is log into Dropbox, access my backup and get back to work.
How often are you backing up your site and if you’re not, might you use this simple plugin? Let me know in the comments. And, of course, if I can be of assistance, just let me know.
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