- CPanel’s Backups wizard (or FTP without MySQL database) can be used to backup websites to your own computer.
- WordPress has backup plugins but they need to be configured to store on your own computer. Updraft Plus is a good backup plugin.
- The Sydney Linux server and the Brisbane Windows server have daily backups which are not available online to website owners. Restores must be scheduled for 2e-48 hours ahead.
If backups are left on the server they use up a website’s disk space quota and can cause emails to bounce or automatic wordpress version updates to fail causing the website to not show. Besides that, it’s a bad strategy to leave backups on the same disk as the website.
If website owners need backups more than once a day they should use option 2 above.
While you may never need to restore from a backup, it’s like carrying an umbrella in case it rains. You won’t get wet. It’s like taking out insurance. It’s always nice to know that you can restore from a backup immediately if ever something goes wrong.
Reasons to backup your data
- Prevent data loss
Perhaps the single most important reason for backing-up data is to prevent it from getting lost. Errors and system failures are not uncommon, in fact, 68% have reported losing data due to accidental deletion or hardware/software failure. Having a backup ensures you always have a plan B.
- Competitive advantage
Should a disaster occur, your business will need to get systems online and operations running again as quickly as possible. Many businesses fail to back-up their data allowing better-prepared competitors to take advantage of their misfortune and essentially win new business that may have been heading their way.
- Reduce downtime
Any IT downtime can have a negative impact on a business. If something goes wrong you will need to remediate it as quickly as possible, that’s why data backup is so important. According to a report by Acronis, 42% of companies have experienced a data loss resulting in downtime. By having a data backup you reduce the amount of time wasted trying to find missing data, keeping downtime to a minimum.
- Essential to your disaster recovery plan
An effective disaster recovery plan will provide your business with a set of policies, tools and procedures to follow to protect your organisation and ensure business continuity. Data backup is an important component of your disaster recovery enabling your business to get back to critical operations and avoid disruption.
Data backups form part of a business’s history enabling them to develop archives over time. Depending on the type of business, you may be required to keep records for many years. This is usually the case in the finance, legal, government and healthcare sectors.
- Quick recovery
People make mistakes, and fairly often too, although seldomly deliberate. Emails containing viruses are opened or malicious links are clicked. There are many ways to infect a network, but with up-to-date backups, your business can rest assured that all is not lost. A simple restore from a snapshot taken before the virus happened can revert a major incident.
- Avoid extra work
Silly errors or oversights can cost a business dearly, with 41% of organisations losing productivity and money due to data inaccessibility. If you have backups you can swiftly recover information. If you don’t it may mean duplicating your workload, retyping entire documents and often missing things that were once included.
Data backup is important to governing bodies. Tax authorities and regulators often carry out audits for various reasons. By having a data backup you can guarantee that any financial, accounting or other regulatory information will be available.
- Annual Reporting
Smart business decisions are made off the back of data-driven insights. By storing backups of information you have a point of reference to draw comparisons and produce reports.
- Peace of Mind
The final reason why data backup is important is simple – peace of mind. No more sleepless nights worrying what would happen if all that precious data got lost.