How many times have you failed to back-up your work, project etc only to realise that you have lost many hours of valuable work through the loss of data! I have been there and it makes my stomach churn. It is best practice to always back up your work. Nowadays, you pretty much back-up your data in a variety of ways: On a disk, Off site, via encrypted internet connection etc. A number of companies offer off-site data backup for really great prices. I should provide a review of these services at a later date. The bottom line is: Who will trust with your data?
How I backup WordPress projects:
Over the years, I have used a range of WordPress plugin solutions to back-up my blogs. If you are hosting your own blog/website, then it is best practice to make sure your databases structures and file systems are backed up regularly: at least weekly. If your blog is hosted by say Blogger or other Software as a service (SaaS) companies then, they are usually responsible for safeguarding your data.
This post is simply to highlight the importance of backing-up databases and also to highlight some of the WordPress plugin, I have found very useful over the years:
- WP-google-drive by Malarvizhi Krishnan of Securenext Softwares WP is great for making backups of your WordPress files and Mysql DB to Google Drive
WP-DB-Backup by Austin Matzko is another very good backup plugin that lets you backup your core WordPress database tables
- Online Backup for WordPress by Jason Wood of BackupTechnology is one I discovered recently that is really powerful. It does everything including the option to encrypt your data. It provides protection for WordPress sites and their data. I like it.
There are many more but the key is to make sure your data is backed-up; preferably off-site and with someone you can trust with your valuable data.