Waking up one day just to see your website is no longer there! Here is a nightmare scenario for any webmaster! You try to figure out what happened, you try to restore it, but you realize you don’t have a backup. Wouldn’t that be awful? All your hard work is gone, and, worse even, your online revenues are down to the drain. Wouldn’t you like to prevent this from happening?

Why Backing Up Your Website is Important

Website backup works in a similar way to an insurance policy. You do it for your peace of mind, to be covered in case the unexpected really happens. Just as you want your car fixing expenses covered in case of an accident, you want to have your website back and running in case of a crash. Wouldn’t you sleep better knowing all your website files are secure no matter what?

Besides peace of mind, there is the financial aspect, especially if you rely on the revenue generated by your website. With a backup, you can have it restored within seconds, without risking to lose your customers’ credibility.

How Often Should You Backup a Website

This actually depends on how often you upload new content to your website. If you publish new things on a daily basis, then you need to set into place an automatic backup system. This way you can be sure you have the most recent version available. If you upload new stuff only every few days, than a weekly backup will be sufficient.

How to Backup a Website

There are several ways in which you can do that. First of all, there is the manual backup. This means transferring your website files from their online location to your home computer via FTP. This can take a lot of time, not to mention that you will have to check up manually that everything transferred properly. While manual backups can be a good solution as a one-time-thing, it’s very difficult to go down this route on a regular basis.

A much more elegant option, cPanel backup will do all of this for you. You have to log into your hosting account, go to cPanel and hit the “generate backup” button. If you enter your email address, you will get a notification when the whole process is complete and the files safely transferred to your computer. You can keep them there or even store them in the cloud using services like Amazon S3 and Dropbox. That’s easier, it’s true! However, you still run the risk of forgetting all about it. When the disaster strikes, you don’t want to realize you haven’t done the backup in a while. What’s the solution? Automatic backups! Most web hosting sites offer this kind of premium services, like INMotion, GoDaddy and FatCow. You can also use other website backup online tools. They allow you to schedule how often the process should take place and, for a fee, they also store your files, making them available for you in case you need them.

David Gibson
David has always been a computer geek. With a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and five years of building websites from scratch, he’s ready to master his new position as a web developing manager. David recently combined his love for technology with writing, and provides his input in the form of regular articles on Top 5 Hosting.
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