How to Restore a WordPress Website from a Backup

At some point, you’ll need to restore a backup of your site. Maybe your WordPress website got hacked, or something went wrong during an update. Whatever the case might be, backing up your website regularly is the best way to ensure that you never lose any important data. 

Fortunately, there’s more than one way to back up and restore a WordPress website. Knowing how each method works will enable you to decide what option to use.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the reasons why you need to back up your WordPress site. Then we’ll talk about the different types of backups and help you decide which method works best for you. Let’s get to work!

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Why WooCommerce Stores Should Care About Performance

The success of your WooCommerce store is directly impacted by your site’s performance. With a fast and user-friendly site, you’ll enjoy better search rankings, happier customers, and — most importantly — increased sales.

Over 70% of consumers admit that page speed directly impacts their willingness to purchase from a retailer. Multiple studies show that many eCommerce sites are missing out on sales due to slow site speeds. We’re sure you don’t want to be one of them. 

While there are many techniques that can be used to improve site speed and performance, it can be challenging to quickly get to the root of the problem. If you’re at a loss for where to begin, a plugin like Jetpack Boost can identify areas of improvement and automatically resolve many of the major issues affecting your site’s performance. 

In this article, you’ll learn about how site performance affects your sales, what you can do to improve it, and how a tool like Jetpack Boost can help.

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The Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (2021 Review)

It’s every site owner’s worst nightmare — you visit your website and find that it’s completely down. What do you do? Where do you go from here?

There are a variety of reasons your website might be inaccessible — it was hacked, there was a theme or plugin conflict, you accidentally deleted something — but it can be crippling no matter what. If your site is down even briefly, you could lose customers, clients, or followers. If it’s down longer (especially because of a hack) you could lose your cash flow, drop in search engine rankings or suffer permanent damage to your reputation. And, of course, if you have no way to restore it, you might lose your past orders or content, and then need to hire someone to fix it for you.

That’s where backups can save the day! A good backup plugin requires very little setup on your end but saves your site automatically so that, if the unthinkable happens, you can get back up and running again quickly. It’s more than just a handy tool; it’s peace of mind.

But there are a lot of good options out there. How do you know which one to choose?

We’ve examined the best WordPress backup plugins and compared them based on their features, pros and cons, ease of use, and pricing.

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Why Your WordPress Website Needs an Image CDN

A picture is worth a thousand words, so when it comes to your website, you want the best images possible. The visuals on your site can create an emotional response in your visitors, communicate your message quickly, cross language barriers, and increase engagement. 

Images help tell your story, but some sites might be especially photo-heavy. In fact, no matter what type of site you have, on average, images will make up the majority of your page weight. This can be problematic for some because, while their success might rely on high-quality photos, the more images a site has, the slower it will load. 

Large page size is bad news for page speed — an important metric when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO). Finding ways to speed up your image load times without sacrificing quality or overall impact will help you achieve the best of both worlds — images that look great and load fast.

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How to Back Up Your WordPress Site

If you’ve ever experienced a broken website, you know just how devastating it can be to try to recover or rebuild if you don’t have a copy to restore from. It can cost hours, days, or even months of downtime; leading to revenue loss, increased expenses, and emotional distress for you and anyone who relies on your site. Being able to restore your files and database if anything goes wrong can prevent this kind of painful situation. This is why making backups of your WordPress site, with a tool like Jetpack Backup, is absolutely critical. 

In this article we’ll walk you through:

  • What is a WordPress backup?
  • Why do you need a backup of your site?
  • Methods for creating a WordPress backup
    • Automatic backups from your web host
    • Manual backups
    • Backups using plugins
  • Which manual backup method is the best?
  • How often should I back up my WordPress site?
  • Where should I store my WordPress backups?
  • How do I know that I haven’t missed any files when performing a manual backup of my WordPress site?
  • What makes WordPress backup with a plugin better than manual?
  • How many backups should I keep?

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How to Start a Fashion Blog in Eight Steps

Creating a website or blog to share your passion for fashion and your unique take on style has never been easier. But, with so many different platforms and options available, it can be difficult to decide on the right tools to turn your hobby into an authoritative source for fashion inspiration.

Here are eight steps to create a fashion blog that will help you express your creativity, have fun, and even turn a profit:

  1. Find your voice.
  2. Name your blog.
  3. Choose your host.
  4. Pick a theme.
  5. Install security and performance plugins.
  6. Create a posting schedule and stick to it.
  7. Use high-quality photography and draw from your social media accounts.
  8. Monetize your fashion blog.

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Jetpack Acquires WordPress Vulnerability Database WPScan

Jetpack is acquiring WPScan, a WordPress vulnerability database. WPScan is used across the WordPress ecosystem to learn about new vulnerabilities to WordPress core, themes, and plugins. 

WPScan started as a simple Ruby script in 2011 to help identify vulnerabilities in self-hosted WordPress websites. The simple script matured into a large software project and gained popularity amongst the security and WordPress communities.

Vulnerabilities are sourced from around the web, as well as security researchers from both the community and WPScan. In 2021, WPScan was able to double the amount of vulnerabilities added to the database compared to 2020. In total, it has cataloged more than 23,000 WordPress vulnerabilities over the last 10 years. 

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Jetpack 10.3 – Under-the-hood improvements for your site

This month, we’re shipping several under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes to make Jetpack work even better for you and your website. Here are the highlights:

  • Since the re-launch of Jetpack VideoPress last month we have made some bug fixes to ensure that the video block experience is fully optimised.
  • This release also includes many other bug fixes and improvements — check the changelog for more details.

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Security Issues Patched in Smash Balloon Social Post Feed Plugin

During an internal audit of the Smash Balloon Social Post Feed plugin (also known as Custom Facebook Feed), we discovered several sensitive AJAX endpoints were accessible to any users with an account on the vulnerable site, like subscribers. Some of these endpoints could enable Stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks to occur. 

A successful Stored XSS attack could enable bad actors to store malicious scripts on every post and page of the affected site. If a logged-in administrator visits one of the affected URLs, the script may run on their browser and execute administrative actions on their behalf, like creating new administrators and installing rogue plugins.

We reported the vulnerabilities to this plugin’s author via email, and they recently released version 4.0.1 to address them. We strongly recommend that you update to the latest version of the Smash Balloon Social Post Feed plugin and have an established security solution on your site, such as Jetpack Security.

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Announcing Jetpack Licensing for Agencies and Professionals

Today, we are excited to announce a new way to distribute Jetpack products to your clients. We designed an all-new licensing portal to address the needs of agencies, implementers, and other web professionals. If you manage multiple WordPress websites, we think this program will be perfect for your needs. 

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