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Who do you use for website backups?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by Checkmate, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Checkmate

    Checkmate Elite Member

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    Anyone have any recommendations for a good cloud backup service for websites? My database is getting quite large and I do not want to wake up to an email saying my webhost lost all my files due to a hard drive crashing.
     
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    My laptop, my PC and my Western Digital cloud hard drive.
     
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    Using my cloud drive!
     
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    Whatever you choose, make sure you have multiple sources of backing up. When I tried to restore a blog earlier this week, the backup files didn't even work. I had to pull all the content from Instagram and import it onto my blog to get it back the way it was. Do not trust just one way of backing up.

    Now, I use the UpdraftPlus plugin to backup, AND the regular WordPress backups to export a file to my computer in WordPress format, AND the backup files from my host, AND I have all the content on all the social networks in case those backups do not work,

    I had the Updraft plugin exporting to Drive, but now I just have it email me the files instead of using cloud storage.
     
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    if you are using cPanel the best option i would suggest is to use Amazon S3 Bucket - you can deploy a bucket there and automate your complete cPanel's backup there on hourly,daily,weekly or monthly basis through cronjob and your are done.
     
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  6. Checkmate

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    Thanks, I'll check all your recommendation out.
     
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    If you trust your provider you can save your backups directly to your server " this is what i do for myself "
     
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    I bet you could ask @davids355 to do a video or instructional post for this that would rock.
     
  9. davids355

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    Thanks for mentioning me Greg :)

    Firstly I would say OP that having a backup in place is SUPER important! As you say your host could disappear, or even your site could get hacked and it could be a nightmare for you if you dont have any backups.

    Personally I have a two step backup process for all of my websites -

    1.Automated backups
    I normally use the backup feature included with WHM and I send my backups to a remote FTP server - if you have an FTP server its pretty easy to set up and I can give you some detailed instructions if you need them, and assuming you have access to WHM for your server. This can be set up to do daily, weekly and monthly backups as well as keeping a certain number of revisions.

    2.Manual backups
    Even with the above I do manual backups as well - i schedule this in my "diary" for once a quarter and I do either a full download from cpanel per website OR if I have shell access for that host I just run a shell script that backs up the files, tarballs them, backs up SQL databases etc. then I download the lot and store it somewhere locally.

    Reason for two backups - just in case one doesnt work when you need it.

    If you dont have an FTP server available to you but you do have WHM access then there is a guide here that apparently allows you to run automated backups to dropbox -

    https://www.cpbackup.info/dropbox-uploader/

    And if you only have cpanel and not access to WHM then you can get plenty of plugins that will do the job, this one for example also runs to dropbox -

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-backup-to-dropbox/

    Thats definitely a better option rather than a plugin that does a local backup or a plugin that does a backup to their own privately managed servers - you really want direct access to the backups so that you are not relying on any third party for access to those backups.

    If you need any clarification on any of the above, or you are still stuck just let me know and I can give you some additional info.
     
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