As an online marketer and business owner, your online real estate is your biggest asset. Over 50% of the blogs and websites today use wordpress as their preferred platform. With its rising popularity, WordPress sites are now more susceptible to hackers, malware and malicious users.
So, here is the million dollar question. What is your contingency plan if your website was to be hacked tomorrow? Do you know how you are going to get your site back up if you were to loose it?
For many people losing a site can mean months and years of wasted hardwork. If you rely on website for an income, then this could mean loosing your livelihood almost overnight.
Here is what I suggest you do right now:
Read this line again and again:
I have to backup my site….
I have to backup my site….
As my own blog has seen tremendous growth in the past few months, it was time for me to sit down and look at a professional wordpress backup solution to protect the blog’s valuable content. I wanted a one click solution which would not only allow me to run regular backups on the blog but also allow me run regular malware scans and restore my blog with ease in an unlikely event that something was to go wrong.
Enter every bloggers insurance against hackers and a potential calamity.
In one of my earlier posts, Backup Buddy only made a special appearance on my list of top 10 wordpress plugins but after reviewing and testing all the incredible features this plug-in has to offer, I decided to dedicate an entire post to highlight why this is a must have plug-in for any blog or wordpress site owner.
Install And Licensing Backup Buddy
Installing backup buddy is as simple as installing any other wordpress plug-in. Simply upload the plug-in and activate. Once activated a dedicated settings tab is available on the left sidebar panel.
The getting started section of the plug-in contains all the necessary help information to get you up and running with using the plug-in. It also contains step-by-step instructions on how backup and restore a wordpress site from start to finish.
Creating Your First Backup With Backup Buddy
You can access all the options for creating your first backup inside the “backup & restore” section of the plug-in panel. Here you have two options to create your backups. A database backup or a full backup.
With the database backup only the content and associated settings are backed up. However, with a complete backup, the entire instance of wordpress alongwith the content are backed up.
If you have several subdomains inside your main hosting account the full backup will also backup the individuals subdirectories therein, which may lead to slower performance during the backup process due to multiple wordpress instances.
The import buddy option will simply restore the database (content) backup of your site to a fresh wordpress install. Additionally, Backup Buddy also allows an option to repair any wordpress instance with a click of a button.
Malware And Phishing Protection With Backup Buddy
One of the other great features of backup buddy is the fully automated malware scan which checks all the wordpress scripts for possible malware or phishing vulnerabilities. Malware are malicious scripts injected to access personal and sensitive information. A potential malware infection can have your site blacklisted or even deindexed completely by the search engines so it is important to keep your wordpress installs up to date to ensure that you have access to all the latest security fixes.
Scheduling Backups With Backup Buddy
The scheduling feature is another handy option to run backups of your site at a pre-designated times at recurring intervals including monthly, twice monthly, weekly, daily or even hourly.
The settings tab also allows you to control a number of options including user notification upon successful backup completion. Setting passwords for import buddy to prevent unauthorized access to the database files and also an option to send backup reminders to webmasters.
Lastly, Backup Buddy also offers the ability to directly upload backups and archives on the cloud for added security.
If you are have multiple sub domains within your master wordpress install, Backup Buddy also give you the option to exclude subdomain wordpress directories from the backup file. This is recommended if you have several sub domain folders nested within the root domain.
Backup Buddy offers so much than what would be sufficient for most blog owners, the ability to create a complete backup with a single click of a button.
After using Backup Buddy for several months, I now have complete peace of mind that my valuable real estate is fully backed up and protected in case if a malicious attack. Not sure how much money is that worth but I can tell you that it’s worth way more than Backup Buddy’s small price tag.
I consider this plug-in near indispensable for serious site owners who wish to protect their valuable real estate.