Maintaining regular backups of your WordPress site is imperative. Imagine a scenario in which you wake up early in the morning to see a few missed calls and tens of emails stating that your site is down. The beautiful custom design, the tens of posts and pages on which you worked for months, all gone!
If you haven’t previously backed up your website, there’s bad news for you in this case. But if you took regular website backups then you don’t have to worry.
In this article, we’re going to walk you through the primary reasons why you should immediately back up your website:
Beware of Human Error
From time to time, Everyone makes mistakes. On your website, you might delete an important file, make a change that breaks some of its functionality, etc. There are ways to fix these types of errors, but few are as efficient in my experience as restoring a backup before.
Hackers and Viruses
Hacking websites is a hobby for some, while others seek to steal information about private users and credit card data. Once you have infiltrated your website, the only way you can do this is to completely unravel and rebuild. In a way, viruses and malware are like programmed automated hackers. They could do the same damage and get rid of it just as hard.
Problems During Updates
Updates are needed to maintain the smooth functioning of your site. At the same time, an update to your site is not uncommon, just to see something going wrong unexpectedly. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have to make changes, you just have to go about them safely.
Handling compatibility issues
If you are using WordPress or any other CMS, you may be relying heavily on add-ons, such as themes and plugins. Both tool types can be extremely handy. However, every time you install a new add-on, you introduce an element that might not play well with the rest of the site’s ecosystem.
Prevention of Data Loss
Imagine having a blog with hundreds of posts, and by mistake, someone on your team will delete one (or more) of them. I’ve seen people in the past delete entire content libraries because they didn’t know what they were doing.
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