Before we dive into the topic of remotely backing up your WordPress site, it’s important to cover the basics.
Why Backup WordPress?
If you have invested a lot of time and money on your WordPress site, you need to protect this investment by backing it up. What happens if your hosting company disappears or someone pushes the wrong button and deletes a part of your site? If you have a backup in place, you know your site is safe.
Storing WordPress backups Off-Site
Once you have chosen a backup WordPress site solution, like BackupBuddy, you’ll need to store these backups somewhere. Ideally, you really want redundancy in your WordPress backup plan.
If you keep a copy of your site on your own server, it won’t do much good if your server encounters a problem. It’s always a good option to have a remote, off-site storage location for your WordPress backups. This will give you the redundancy you need. While this backup approach may sound a little extreme, it is also the smart option.
Different Variables to Consider When Backing Up Your WordPress Site Remotely
Before deciding on the best WordPress remote backup solution, it’s important to consider the different variables included in your proposed backup. There are four main interrelated backups to consider:
- Size – How large will your WordPress backup be? For small WordPress sites, you won’t have to worry about a lot of storage space. Alternatively, if you have a large site, you’ll definitely have much larger storage needs. A good option is to do a test backup using a plugin like BackupBuddy to see how much space your files will take up. This will help you decide on an appropriate backup solution.
- Frequency – How often will you backup your WordPress site? There’s a big difference between monthly, weekly and daily backups of your site.
- Time Frame – How long do you want to keep your backups? Maybe you only need to access the most recent backups. If you use a plugin like BackupBuddy, this will automatically delete any older backup WordPress site files. This will help to save on space, depending on your backup settings.
- Full vs. Database – What sort of backups will you be doing? BackupBuddy gives you the option to either fully backup your site or you can also opt for a database-only backup. A full backup includes themes, images, files, plugins, customizations and more. This will act as a perfect snapshot of your site as it currently exists. If you opt for a database-only backup, this only covers your blog posts – without the media.
Your Remote WordPress Backup Strategy
Now that you have a better idea of the variables involved, let’s take a look at your remote backup strategy options. It’s important that you create an action plan, so you’ll be able to pick the best remote storage option for your WordPress site.
Using a plugin like BackupBuddy Stash offers you free remote storage. Currently, you are given 1GB of space for free. Alternatively, the Amazon Simple Storage (Amazon S3) solution is a great option for big time data needs and is used by companies like Pinterest and Netflix. Dropbox is another popular online storage provider that currently offers 2GB of free space.
When choosing the right backup option for you, it’s important for you to consider the cost associated with each solution, as well as the levels of convenience it offers and how much space you require. Make sure to think long-term when picking a solution.
What remote solution would you pick? Let us know in the comments below.