Previously, I discussed the basics of a backup plan for your WordPress site. I covered the what but not the why. In this piece, we’ll discuss the reasons why you absolutely need a backup plan.
A Quick Story
Before we get started, let me tell you a story. The other day, I was all set to leave the house to meet up with a friend at Disney. I grabbed my stuff, filled my pockets with the usual necessities (phone, wallet, Disney ticket), and headed out the door. As the door shut, I felt that tinge that I was forgetting something. Oh boy, did I ever. I had forgotten my keys.
There I was, locked out of my house. I tried everything to get back in – the back door, the garage, the side door. Nothing worked. I was stuck. I ended up having to call my mom (so embarrassing) to pick me up and drive me to my meetup. My fiancé would later pick me up and drive me home. So awkward for everyone.
I ended up being stuck because I didn’t have a backup key stored somewhere safe. If I had, I would have ran back in the house, grabbed my keys, and wouldn’t have inconvenienced anyone else. Plus I wouldn’t have been an hour late to meeting my friend. All because I didn’t have a backup.
Why You Need a Backup Plan
When you don’t have a backup plan for your WordPress website, you’re leaving everything to chance. Sure, there’s a very good chance nothing will go wrong. But life is funny that way. When it’s the worst time for something bad to happen, it usually will. As the saying goes, when it rains it pours.
Not having a backup plan for your site means that every time you update a plugin, you’re running the risk that if that plugin breaks your site you’ll have no way to restore your site to before you broke it. The same goes for running a WordPress version update. Those are the two most-likely culprits of site-breaking issues, and they’re the two most common times people skip backing up their site. That’s why you need an automatic backup plan in place.
There are plenty of options when it comes to getting a backup plan for your WordPress website. I discussed the types last week. Whether you chose hosting-based or plugin-based backups, it’s important that you have an automatic option in place. This will ensure that you always have some kind of restore point in case things go wrong at a random time, or if an automatic update goes awry. But just like when I locked myself out of my house, you’re going to want a backup plan for those specific moments too.
On-demand backups are important too. You could be making a major change to your site, whether via code or just content, and want to have a quick restore point in case something goes wrong or you don’t like the final result. If you want to back up your content, make sure your backup system backs up the database. Either way, before you make major changes, it’s a good idea to run a backup just in case. You can never be too careful.
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