While changing some minor design to a client’s website, I accidentally deleted the whole site by just pushing a small button called “reset”. Help!!!
It is the worst case scenario for a web designer or website owner: lose all your content in a split second.
A few days before this disaster happened, I had subscribed this client’s website to Blogvault, a premium backup plugin. After my unfortunate “reset” I only needed one push on a better chosen button called “restore”, and the site was online again in a few minutes.
First of all, to really backup a WordPress website, you have to back up both the root files (everything in your WordPress software installation, themes, plugins, uploads and configuration files) and the database (your content: blog posts, pages and comments). Most free backup plugins will not backup everything. They may only backup the database. Unless you are a techie, this will be a real hassle.
Second, would you know exactly what to do with your backup file to get your site or blog up and running again once your site or blog has crashed? If you don’t, having a backup will not help you.
Third, you may not have the support you really need. And I can tell you, I’ve seen some good customer support, but Blogvault’s support is excellent! I gladly pay a monthly fee if that gives me my peace of mind.
You will understand why I do not backup websites myself anymore. Of course there are more premium backup plugins, but I am only sharing with you the one I am raving about.
An unique feature of Blogvault is that it enables you to do a test restore. You can restore any backup to Blogvault, and then view it online. So, you can actually see your restored backup in real time (running on a Blogvault server), before you attempt to restore it to your own website. That’s pretty awesome and reassuring.
Some other Blogvault features:
- Daily backups
- Extremely easy to set up
- Test restore (I mentioned this unique features before)
- You can select to protect only certain areas of your website
- Backup on secure Amazon S3 servers guarantee the highest level safety for your website
- No set up fee
- Different packages to choose from: Personal, Agency and VIP, all with monthly fees ranging from $ 9, $ 19 to $ 39 including a 7-day free trial. You can upgrade or downgrade your package at any time
- You can move your site to another hosting provider with the migration tool
- Outstanding customer support
Just check out for yourself how awesome Blogvault is with a 7 days free trial!
PS: If you decide to subscribe to a Blogvault backup package, please do so through my affiliate link. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and I earn some extra money with it. http://blogvault.net?src=1871D5
Evelien van ‘t Hoog is the owner of Dots ‘n Ink and helps small business owners take their business online. She will be writing a weekly WordPress Wednesday guest blog for Pepita Bos, Your DIY Marketing Mentor. If you have questions for Evelien, please ask them in the comments section below. You can also find Dots ‘n Ink on Twitter and Facebook.