I recently received the following questions from a reader with a fairly new blog (6 months old, about 80 subscribers, not yet income-generating):
How important is online back-up for small bloggers? Which companies do you recommend for online back-up?
The answers to these questions are something that all bloggers need to think about.
Consider how much time, aggravation, and money it would cost you if you lost everything on your blog tomorrow. Would it be worth paying a back-up service $5/month? $15? $25? Only you can decide.
For a small blog, posting once a week or less: you can manually back up your database every time you post; no big deal, just a couple of clicks… and you can download a copy of your blog files every time you make a template or page change. There are some great free plugins for this. Just search “backup” from your plugins page inside your WordPress admin area.
For a big blog that is constantly changing, produces lots of posts, and has significant traffic: it is definitely worth it to spend $20-$30/month to make sure your blog is perpetually backed up. Or, if you just simply want a “set it and forget” solution for the sake of convenience, then a paid service is definitely worth the expense.
Who do I use?
While I’m sure there are lots of other good services out there, I use Code Guard and I’m very happy with them. They back up my database and files and have already saved my butt a couple of times when a bad plugin or a one-time hacker took my blog down.
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Good service, convenience, and reliability can come with a price. A lot of bloggers don’t want to invest in their success or safety online, and have to learn the hard way that BACKING UP is a necessity. It’s not a question of IF you will need a backup, but WHEN and HOW OFTEN.
Don’t wait until you lose weeks or months worth of work to learn this valuable lesson.
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