Whether your website has one page or thousands, you should back up all of your content regularly. Automation is the foolproof way of making sure you’re never caught out.
The Manual Approach
A lot of website owners rely on external hard drives, USB flash drives, or CDs. Any backup is better than none, but storing your files and backups in the same physical place leaves them vulnerable to damage, theft, or loss.
Not to mention that you need to remember to do it and handhold your computer and server throughout the process.
Saving a copy of your files in a separate physical location, also called an off-site backup, is the best way to ensure your site is properly backed up. If something happens to your house or office and your main files are compromised, your off-site backup will be safely stored somewhere else. In case of data loss, you’ll be able to restore your site.
Enabling Automated Backups
The easiest way to perform backups on your website is to install a plugin that does it for you. Jetpack does this by using the same infrastructure that reliably serves millions of WordPress.com sites every day.
Jetpack backs up your WordPress database and any files in your plugins, themes, and uploads folders. This includes all the unique and irreplaceable data in WordPress, and everything properly integrated into the WordPress installation.
The process is automated, regular, and verifiable.
Managing Your Backups
Our most affordable backup solution for WordPress sites is Jetpack’s Personal plan. At just $39 per year, your site is automatically backed up daily, you get a 30-day archive, and unlimited storage (as well as spam filtering and priority support).
For business or news sites that post new content or product updates multiple times a day, the Professional plan also offers real-time backups. Every time you update your site, Jetpack gets notified and immediately backs up your site, making sure your changes are replicated and synchronized. Jetpack Professional also scans your website for security threats, so your website is always safe.