If you’re not already doing it, it’s time to start backing up your WordPress data on a regular basis. At some point in the future, you’ll be happy to have your data backed up. Backing up or WordPress files is just as wise and necessary as backing up the hard drive on your PC for the inevitable day when it crashes.
I had an unpleasant experience with my WordPress blogs a few weeks ago that prompted me to make regular backups. After a few hours of tweaking a few blogs and loading them up with a weeks worth of posts, I was brimming with a sense of accomplishment. And the next morning everything had disappeared. Where all the data went nobody knows. My host couldn’t figure it out and neither could I. So there I was stuck with a couple hours of rework the next day. That’s definitely not the most productive use of time.
Interestingly, a well-known Internet marketer made a similar post on his blog recently. Sooner or later it happens to everyone. It’s really a matter of “when” not “if”. In any event, I did my usual 5 second research of typing in “backup wordpress blog” into my favorite search engine and found a plug-in that backs up your WordPress database for you automatically every day or week or month depending on your preferences and emails the file to you.
Installing the plug-in and setting up the daily back ups is a snap. I had it all done in less than 5 minutes. It’s a comforting feeling to know that even if some strange event were to completely wipe out my blog I could quickly have it up and running again because I have a backup.
Here’s the post I found that tells you exactly what to do: Just search for “Daily Backups for WordPress with GMail”. Find it and follow the directions. You’ll be glad you did.
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