Your blog, whether personal or corporate, likely contains months, if not years, of hard work. Despite this, it could all be lost in a second. There are many forces that can conspire to completely erase your blog from history if it’s not properly backed up. You should educate yourself about these dangers and protect yourself against the possibility of losing everything.
Your Hosting Service Could Go Down
Many people don’t believe they need to keep their own backups because their hosting service does. However, Solo Stream notes that not all hosting services have an automatic backup service and those that do may not keep redundant copies. Additionally, your host could go down entirely, leaving you in the dark.
A third-party service could be instrumental in avoiding this situation. This allows you to retain a copy of your backup independent of your web host. You can also save backups through your control panel directly to your hard drive. However, this isn’t the optimal solution because it requires you to remember on a scheduled basis to save a backup.
You Could Get Hacked
Getting hacked is a blogger’s worst fear. With so many people moving through your blog every day, someone may decide to get clever and try to break in. There are also some hacks that target specific hosting companies, such as a GoDaddy, reported BlogCast FM. Some of these hacks could delete all of the information you have, including your backups.
Hacking isn’t the only way for your site to be compromised. Malicious emails can compromise your system and affect your blog, as well. While the advice is obvious, don’t respond to phishing emails and keep your anti-virus software up to date to limit your exposure to malware.
When managing your blog, you should always use a separate password for it and you should always keep it updated to the latest version. The latest versions always have better security and have patched any vulnerabilities that have been discovered.
You Could Make a Mistake
With more than 28,143 plugins currently in the WordPress catalog, there are at least some that could cause damage to your site. While not necessarily malicious in nature, many plugins alter the data saved on your blog. If you fail to configure them correctly, you could find that your entire blog is broken and that you can’t even make the modifications needed to access it.
Traditionally, the only way to fix a blog that’s completely broken is to restore it from a previous backup. Without a backup, you may find yourself having to spend hours combing through the actual code of your website and trying to change it manually. Mistakes don’t have to involve plugins, either. You could inadvertently delete items through your control panel or even accidentally drop your entire database. All of these issues can easily be avoided by having an automatic backup service that can restore your website quickly.
Backing up your blog isn’t the only thing you should do to protect it. You should also regularly change your account passwords and make sure that your hosting service is paid on time. Ideally, your hosting service and domain name should both be enrolled in automatic payments. You may also want to create a contingency plan in the event that your blog is erased so that you can get it up and running in no time.
*This is a guest post from Doug Adams. Doug has attended every SXSW Interactive conference. He knows a thing or two about Web design.