Web Hosting Essentials: Back It Up!
Reversing a car into a parking space, holding off a wannabe aggressor, or even dropping suggestive dance moves at the local nightclub, the phrase ‘back it up’ is relevant in many different scenarios (not all of them good). However, when it comes to web hosting, backing it up is certainly a positive move.
Although many providers out there will store extra copies of all of your website’s files and data, it is always in your best interests to save your own. Having your own backup can be useful in a number of different situations:
Service has been cancelled
Whether this is due to missing payment or a simple mistake, having your own backup can not only add some extra reassurance but it can also save you some money. Fortunately, here at VentraIP Australia, we restore your local backup for free!
Whilst there are protections in place on the content management system that you may be using, getting hacked is always a possibility. One of the best ways to mitigate any potential damage as the result of hacking is to ensure that you have a backup readily available. Alongside this, it is always recommended to regularly perform updates on the CMS that you are using.
When making changes to your website, there is always the odd chance that you may delete a file that you still need. Having a readily available backup can ensure that errors such as this can be quickly rectified.
How do I take my own backup?
The process involved will differ across providers and between VentraIP Australia hosting plans. It is always recommended to check with your provider what backups you have available to you, as well as how often they are automatically taken for your service.
cPanel Backups: A general cPanel backup can be generated via the backup wizard and the full steps can be found here. These are the only backups available on our Legacy Economy services, however, they can be accessed across all of our cPanel hosting services.
R1soft Backups: These are only available on our Legacy Business plans and our VPS range (Fully managed and self-managed). The steps to access and download each can be found below:
Business Plans: R1soft Guide
Virtual Private Servers: R1soft Guide
Acronis Backups: Each of our new shared hosting and reseller hosting plans utilise this backup system and even provide multiple backups daily! To access it you simply need to log in to your cPanel account and select the ‘Acronis Backup’ option under the files section.
Regardless of the type of website that you are running, backups are a core component that should not be neglected. It is not enough to rely solely on your provider for backups. At the same time only having local backups can be a recipe for disaster.