Why it is Important to Regularly Back Up Your Website

You have a lot of time and money invested in your website, and it is now a key player in the success of your business. So, it only makes sense that you should keep it backed up, right? Absolutely. More than that though, it needs to be regularly done  because there are simply too many things that could happen that will render your website inoperable. Here are four incidents that will lead to calamity instead of just simple inconvenience if your website is not backed up.

Minimise the Damage from Hackers

Simply put, if your website is accessible, it can be hacked. Certainly, there are measures you can take to significantly reduce the chance of someone accessing your website for nefarious purposes, but since hackers work full-time to find and exploit vulnerabilities the possibility of it happening is real.

On the chance that your website is hacked, it can be much easier to delete the whole thing and rebuild it from the most recent backup than to try to clean out every little scrap of infected code. The more often your website is backed up, the more recent the version you will have available, which means less work in getting it ‘back up’ to speed.

Undo Accidental Changes

We’re all human, and as such, we are all prone to making mistakes. However, when it comes to making erroneous or accidental changes to your website, those mistakes can be catastrophic if the website isn’t regularly backed up. Important features of the website can disappear, or worse, the website can end up completely inoperable. When you backup your site on a regular basis, errors like that are inconvenient, but much easier to fix, because you don’t have to start from scratch. You just have to start from the most recent backup.

Fix Problematic Updates

All sites get updated from time-to-time, and now and then

something in an update causes a previously functioning feature to stop working as well, or it may stop working altogether. If and when that happens, you need to have a previous backed up version of your website available, so you can seamlessly get it up and running again just as smoothly as it was prior to the update. That way, there are no long term negative effects to your site or business.

Hosting Account Issues

If your hosting account closes, or you’re locked out of it, how will you be able to access your website? If you don’t have it backed up somewhere else, you will end up having to start the process again from scratch. That is expensive on multiple fronts, including the upfront cost of hiring a website designer, as well as the revenue you’ll lose, as a result of the downtime.

How often you backup your website will depend on factors such as how often you update it, and add entries or new elements. At the very least, the site should always be backed up prior to any changes or updates being made. Remember, backing up your website is easy, but failing to do so can be disastrous.