I remembered when Google launched the Get Nigerian Businesses Online (GNBO) program couple of years back. The program was a business site builder that helps small businesses create websites and host them for free. I created a site on the platform also which ran for some years. Google was to shut the site down in December 31 2014. This was unknown to me even after warning users to transfer their site content to their partner – Hostgator. I did not read the warning but by the time I got to know, it was too late. The service was stopped and I lost everything I had on that site. I never backed up.
How would you feel too, if you woke up one day and discovered that your website was deleted in error by your host? The question is: Did you backup your site? If you didn’t, then you are reading a post that would save you lots of headache. It is a nightmare to see your cherished website go down like the Titanic. Ironically, the Titanic was built for speed without caring much about safety of the ship and the lives on board. Why not prevent the incident today rather than grieve over it later.
Website backup is very important because of the following reasons:
- It creates peace of mind
- It prevents loss of income as a result of site downtime due to recreating the site
- It ensures you get an updated version of your site stored
- It is a proactive way of minimizing the cost of rebuilding after virus attack or webhost site crash.
You can back up your site in three different ways depending on your budget.
Manual Backup Method:
This is the most low-tech method of manually backing up your site on your computer. This method is cheap but has its weak points too.
- It consumes time especially with large sites
- Strict monitoring is required to ensure nothing is left out
- It is stressful because of the need for regular backup
For you to succeed with this method you have to be up and doing. Get really organized and tactful to achieve better results. Keep a diary, create folders in the system with dates as name for easier referencing, be consistent and do not give up.
cPanel Backups Method:
This method is also easy and not as tasking as the first method. cPanel is a Linux based web hosting control panel. Here is how to use it:
- Log into your cPanel (Control Panel)
- Click on the Backup icon
- Select Generate/Download a Full Backup
- Select How Directory in Backup Destination, type in your email address then click the Generate Backup button.
- After the backup is done an email will be sent to you.
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