Real-Time Backups Become a Reality With Jetpack

Backing up your website on a regular basis is crucial for making sure that the hard work you put into your site is preserved.

Sometimes, unforeseeable events can bring down a site or cause it to lose data. Whether it’s a malicious hacking attempt, an incompatible third-party plugin update, or accidental deletions caused by human error, few websites are immune to harm.

With real-time backups in place, however, none of these scenarios can damage your site in the long term. Backups allow you to quickly restore your website in the event that something goes wrong.

While daily, scheduled backups are a great practice, they aren’t always enough. If you want your website to be truly safe, you need a real-time backup plan.

Let’s explore how backups work, and the difference between scheduled and real-time backups. We’ll also review some exciting new Jetpack updates that will keep your site more secure than ever.

The mechanics of making backups

Before you get started, it’s important to understand the basics of how backups work.

For certain backup services, an update in the database creates a new “event.” This event then notifies the plugin you’re using for backups that a change was made. However, some external services don’t monitor your site for changes, and only run backups at specific times of the day.

Every time you make a change to your site, WordPress stores the information in its database. Those changes might include adding a new post, updating a post, adding a new page, or receiving new comments.

When you have a scheduled backup, your site will be backed up on a regular interval that you specify. This can be daily, weekly, or monthly. Any event that occurred on your site during the course of that time period will be backed up the next time your scheduled backup runs.

A real-time backup, on the other hand, performs a backup as soon as something significant changes on your site. There’s no waiting; instead, every change gets backed up as soon as it occurs.

Scheduled versus real-time backups

For most site owners, real-time backups are the best solution. Even if your site is backed up once every day, there’s still a risk of losing important data over the course of 24-hours.

This becomes an even bigger problem if your site sees a lot of daily activity due to high traffic. If you’re publishing multiple blog posts in a single day or are receiving a large volume of comments, you can still lose content (even if there isn’t much time between scheduled backups).

If you use a real-time backup, on the other hand, every change made to your site will be backed up immediately. Even if the worst happens, with a real-time backup plugin, no data will be lost.

As an added bonus, real-time backups also use fewer resources because they only back up changed files. Scheduled backups, in contrast, back up your entire site from scratch every time a new backup is made.

Previously, Jetpack’s backups allowed you to set a scheduled backup interval. Now, your site will be continuously backed up in real-time with no added effort on your part.

Real-time backups are available with all of Jetpack’s paid plans, so now is a great time to consider upgrading.

Get going with real-time backups

Backing up your site should be at the top of your to-do list. Without backups, you leave your site vulnerable and risk losing the work you put into it.

If you already have automatic backups in place, then you’re doing a great job of keeping your website secure!

If you want to take your site security to the next level by ensuring that even the smallest change is saved, take a look at the real-time backups offered as part of Jetpack.

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Save Time with Jetpack’s WordPress Automation Tools

Automating your WordPress website’s features can be a real time-saver. The time that website automation saves you can be put back into other site projects, such as increasing the size of your audience or building a strong social media presence.

From marketing tools and content sharing, to site backups and one-click ads, Jetpack offers numerous features that can automate or streamline many common site processes. Let’s take a closer look at these, starting with the website must-haves!

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Hosting Resources Offsite Can Make Your Load Times Lightning Fast

Even the smallest delay in a web page’s loading speed can result in discouraged site visitors. According to research from Think with Google, 53 percent of mobile users will abandon a website if it takes more than three seconds to load — that doesn’t give you much room for error! If you want to attract new users and keep them engaged, it’s important to make sure that your site loads quickly.

Often times, the most engaging types of content (videos and images) slow down a site the most. Fortunately, you can host these elements offsite, on external servers, to speed things up.

Today, we will explain how you can improve site performance by moving some site elements onto faster servers, and how Jetpack can help in the process.

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Protect Your WordPress Site from These Security Threats

If you’re a passionate blogger, small business owner, or develop for WordPress for clients, your site might be your lifeblood. If a hacker were to compromise it in any way, it could be devastating — so much so that The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance reports that an estimated 60% of small businesses go out of business six months after a cyberattack.

This statistic demonstrates that to prevent permanently closing the doors on your site, you should take every possible precaution to ensure website safety and security. Without a proactive approach to security, your website — and your business — could fall victim to a breach.

But with a proactive approach, you can rest assured that your website will stay up and running. In fact, there are a handful of strategies to follow and automated tools to use that address most website security needs.

Let’s examine five of the most common WordPress safety threats that you should look out for, and what you can do to combat them.

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11 Ways to Give Your WordPress Site a Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air, and it’s time for a thorough cleaning. Many of us will spend a few days cleaning our homes and offices, or decluttering our computers and other electronic devices.

But why stop there? Along with freshening up your house, you should also take some time to give your WordPress site some TLC and get rid of any digital dust bunnies.

Read on for 11 WordPress maintenance tips that can help you spring clean your site and get it in perfect shape for the next few months.

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Routine WordPress Maintenance is Easy With Jetpack

Most businesses benefit from having well-designed websites. But what happens to the small business owner who is working with limited time and resources for managing a website?

Fortunately, the team behind Jetpack recognizes the importance of maintaining the health of your website without having to spend extra money on third-party website maintenance services, or devoting time you don’t have to routine tasks like making backups or monitoring your logins.

Let’s review four of the most useful WordPress maintenance features that Jetpack offers, and how you can use each one to save time.

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Why You Should Create Offsite Backups

Jetpack Offsite Backups

You may already have backups, but are they stored in a safe location?

Creating and managing a website is easier than it once was, but things still go wrong. Sites still get hacked. Updates might break certain features, or bring entire websites down. Mistakes get made, sometimes right before a really important, high-traffic day.

To avoid these situations, making a backup of your site on a regular basis is critical. It’s even more important to ensure that this backup happens outside of your host. But many of us are guilty of failing to prioritize this important task.

In this post, we’ll cover why you need to perform regular backups, why they should be made offsite, and offer a solution so that you won’t have to worry about losing your data in the event of a mistake or emergency.

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How Often Should You Back Up Your Site?

Backing up your site can feel daunting. Backups are undoubtedly important: one study found that 60% of small businesses that experience data loss go out of business within six months of the occurrence. But the question is how to minimize costs while keeping your website safe.

Looking for advice online yields plenty of opinions from endless viewpoints. It won’t be long before you begin reading about partial backups, full backups, rotating schedules, and other technical jargon that leaves you feeling confused. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and put off your research for another day.

The good news? You can use online services that were developed specifically to streamline the backup process. Jetpack, for example, offers full backups beginning with the Personal plan, complete with one-click restores and a 30-day archive. But even after you find a service that works for you, you still have to figure out how often your site needs backed up.

Let’s look at how you can find the right frequency for your site backups, including three major items you should consider when making your decision.

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