What is a website backup?

Taking a website backup is like taking a picture of your website and all its vital parts at one point in time. All the following parts of your website should be backed up regularly:

  • The Source Code of a Website
  • Online databanks of any kind
  • Images
  • All the extras that your website makes use of, such as plugins, themes, and extensions

As part of your website’s preventative maintenance, you should create frequent backups. The last thing you want is to lose access to your site in the event of a hack or a financial lapse that causes your account to be terminated. You may avoid starting from zero when restoring your website from a backup you’ve kept on a regular basis.

Making Backups

There are many different approaches that you can take in order to create a backup of your website.

Backup OptionWhen to use this option?
Make use of the backup tools provided by your hosting service.This is an one-click option to make a backup of your hosting account (Linux Hosting with cPanel / Windows Hosting with Plesk / Managed WordPress). The best case scenario is if you have no intention of switching platforms (i.e. cPanel backups can only be restored to Linux Hosting with cPanel, Plesk backups to Windows Hosting with Plesk, etc.)
Take the time to save a copy of your site manually.You can manually back up your site’s files with FTP and database in phpMyAdmin. This is a more advanced option, but it can be helpful if you need to upload the backup to a hosting account of a different type. You should only back up your files if your website does not have a database.


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