Why are Website Back-ups so Important?
There are five reasons why you should back up your website:
1. It’s not your web host’s responsibility to make back ups available to you.
Most web hosts don’t back up your website regularly. Of the few that do, most of them simply do so for their own protection and don’t make the files available to their customers.
2. Storing the original development site isn’t enough.
If you developed your site on a test server, or your local computer, you may think that’s enough to protect you. However, over time, websites are tweaked and changed and those changes often won’t be reflected in the original version. If you run a forum, blog or CRM system, much of your valuable content is updated regularly, and won’t exist in any other place than on your website.
3. You need to be ready to react quickly.
Having an up to date back up in place will allow you to get back online quickly after a mishap. There are many reasons why you need to get your website back online quickly including loss of income and potential SEO penalties (according to some sources).
4. Peace of mind.
Once you have regular back-ups taking place your stress levels will fall. There’s no “what ifs”. Your website is an important part of your business and back-ups are insurance against a major loss.
5. It’s your protection against viruses.
Web hosts don’t tend to proactively run virus and malware scanners against your website. Therefore, keeping a backup may be your easiest, and best protection; allowing you to turn back the clock after an attack. While this doesn’t prevent attacks, it does cure them when needed.