Website Backup Options: Picking the Right One

by Rod Dunne on December 21, 2010

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Website development and content authoring has moved from residing on developer’s computers to the modern approach of using web-server based programs (e.g. WordPress). As a result, the best backup solution for your websites depends on how your site is coded, and how much automation you require.

Here, we’ll show the evolution of website backup software, scripts and approaches that are still widely used today.

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Website Backups: The Old School FTP Approach

Early websites were simply HTML files coded on a programmers computer and uploaded using FTP tools (e.g. Filezilla) to the server. In a way, this process naturally created a copy of the site on the programmer’s computer should anything happen to the server copy.

Server Side Website Backup: WordPress Tools

With the advent of tools like WordPress, all the programming and content authoring was being done server-side. The html, CSS and databases are all stored on the web server.

Two approaches for website backups started to be used. FTP tools could now be used to download the home directory/database to a local machine for safekeeping.

The makers of web authoring tools also started providing features to download copies of their site’s code from an administrators web page. WordPress lets you download the database and all HTML/CSS/etc. files in your home directory.

While this manual process works fine, the onus is on the web master to remember to do a back-up. In addition, doing manual back-ups can become tiresome if you administer multiple websites. An automated solution was needed…

Using A Website Backup Script

Initial automation approaches focused on using scripts to copy websites. Open source applications, such as wget, have become a very popular way scheduling and automating making copies of the site. However, fiddling around with scripts is not to everyone’s liking so fully fledged website backup software started appearing.

Website Backup Software

There are now a number of website backup software solutions on the market (for example, Affiliate Backup) and these programs all run the same way. You install the product and do some initial configuration to setup the directories/databases you want cloned, along with a schedule for when the copies are to be made.

The program copies the website content without your manual intervention and emails you the website backups at times of your choosing. If a website issue occurs and you should need to restore website content then the program can use your local copies to reinstate your website to a healthy state.

The automation process these tools provide make them ideal if you need to keep copies of several websites, or need to do daily copies of a fast-changing website.

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Whether you use a website backup script, software or manually FTP download the files, the important part is that you choose an approach to making website backups and stick with it. As long as you backup websites then you are providing a key element for your own disaster recovery plans should the web host develop problems and your site needs to be relocated to another host.

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