Talking about regular backups and server integrity and overwriting files probably isn’t your favorite thing to do. (It is kind of our favorite thing, but hey—different strokes for different folks!) But if your website is important to your organization—and it darn well should be—consistent, regular backup procedures have to be important to you as well. You need to know when they’re happening, how they’re happening, and how to use those backup files in case of a site emergency.
Here are just a few reasons why…
- Your hosting company probably has backups as a part of their service offering to you. But when are they happening? What site components are they backing up? Where do those files get stored? These are all questions you’ll need answered if your site goes down, and getting answers is often a frustrating circle of phone calls and finger-pointing that doesn’t help you get back online.
- Regular backups mean different things to different companies. “Regular” could be once a week, and if your site is compromised on a Monday and the backup happens on Tuesday your backup files are of no use to you. And since backup files typically overwrite themselves, you’ve got no record of your site as it should have been.
- Full site backups are essential in case of a site emergency. And understanding what a “full backup” means is also essential, and being able to communicate that to your host and other technology vendors is key.
At BELAY, daily backups and a 24/7 monitoring service are key components of every plan we offer. The points above are just a few reasons why. If you’d like to learn more about why backups matter, and how we can help provide them, just give us a shout.