How much time, effort and money have you invested in getting your site set up just the way you wanted? Getting the design, having it developed, adding all your content, all the little tweaks and updates…
If you run an eCommerce website, how much customer history do you have stored in your site’s databases? Sales history, invoices, customer details…
Now, imagine if you lost all that tomorrow.
Imagine if a hacker got your password, and destroyed all your hard work. Imaging if with the slip of a finger you accidentally delete a core file, rendering your site useless.
How long would it take you to recreate it all? How much of that data is completely irreplaceable? How much business would you lose in the meantime?
Backups can save you. When was the last time you backed up your site?
How can I backup my website?
The easiest way to completely backup your website is through your account’s cPanel.
Using the Backups tool in your cPanel, you create either a full backup (which includes all the files and MySQL databases for your site, as well as email accounts, FTP accounts… in fact, everything about your account) or just individual backups of your files, databases, etc. Note: you must have enough free disk space in your account to hold a backup, or Bad ThingsTM can happen (eg: it may affect your incoming email until you delete the backup!)
cPanel has an excellent video tutorial on using the backup tool (as well as on every other aspect of your cPanel). It literally takes only a few minutes to backup most sites and to download and remove your backup.
Depending on the software you run on your site, you may have other options for performing backups. For example, Joomla! users can use extensions like Akeeba Backup or any of the other Backup Extensions Joomla supports. WordPress users also have a suite of backup tools at their disposal.
As an aside, while White Dog Green Frog do perform multiple backups of your content (both on- and off-site), and try to retain as much history as possible (up to multiple months back on some servers), because of the variables involved, we do not guarantee our backups absolutely.