Is your website and blog backed upDo you regularly back up your website content? Think about your blog, how many times a week do you publish an article – once, twice? What if one day you wake up and your website is no more, ca-put, gone? How many hours, days and weeks of work will have been eradicated overnight?

It’s not all that surprising that many people don’t think about or remember to backup their website fully. With everything else you’re working on for your clients and your own business, there’s only so many hours in a day, right?

But here’s something to think about, research carried out by insurer Travelers, found that women business owners are less likely to prioritise web security, including backups. One in four women business owners are not fully protected against cyber risks even though 65% of women business owners believe that their website is critical to their business.

So considering 40% of cyber attacks are against companies with less than 500 employees, securing your website and taking regular backups should be high priority for your Virtual Assistant business.

Now let’s talk about you.

Do you rely on your host company to do backups for you? If so, do you know how often they take those backups; if any of the backups have failed therefore affecting the content that can be recovered; if the backups they take are specifically designed for WordPress websites (assuming you have a WordPress website); or if your host company will be on hand to help restore / rebuild your website immediately?

If you don’t know the answers to those questions already and yet are solely relying on your host company to help in an emergency, it’s worth getting in touch with them to find out.

But my advice for peace of mind is to back up your website data yourself.

How often you need to do this depends on how much new content you add to your website; if you add a weekly blog, backup your data weekly. It’s as simple as that.

Don’t know where to start with regards to backing up your website data yourself? If you have a WordPress website, use a plugin specifically designed to do just that.

The great thing is that once the backup has been set up, you can forget all about it but know that it’s there if and when needed.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of plugins available. Some paid services, others free.

For me, it’s not about money when it comes to having reliable re-storable backup files if something dreadful does happen to my website. Remember how much time it took you to create in the first place? So I use a paid service.

But as ever at VA Professional, rather than make you go off and do the research yourself, we’ve found the 3 most popular backup plugins for WordPress; 2 of which are subscription based and the other a free service.

So we’ll let you choose which is best for your needs:

1. BackWPup

A free service.

Pros:

  • Simple to use
  • Schedule multiple backups
  • Choices of place to store your backups

Cons:

  • No warranty or support except via forums, although this is true of most free solutions.

2. BackupBuddy

$75 per year

Pros:

  • Quick and easy
  • Runs fairly quickly
  • Includes an intuitive restore script

Cons:

  • Not all the features are automated which means time upfront to fully setup

3. BlogVault

$9 per month for a single site, up to $39 a month for 7 sites

Pros:

  • Free Trial available
  • Fast quick support service
  • Ability to backup individual files
  • Easy blog migration

Cons:

  • Is a web based service only

So those are our top choices, what’s yours? If you can endorse an alternative solution, please do leave your comments below.

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