Used by millions throughout the world, WordPress is the most preferred free blogging tool. But, like any place here on WordPress too, bloggers and writer commit some serious mistakes, and one of them and the most severe is not backing up the content of your WordPress. Although some may keep backup but then they also make mistakes, which nullify the endeavor to make backup of the content. Therefore below are mistakes, which must not be made while backing up WordPress.
Backing up the post only:
It is a general belief that a website or for that matter a blog has only content and most of the people make backup of only post. But one must not forget that a website has much more than just written contents. True backup means backing up all theme modification, styles and even plugins, which are being used in the website.
Banking on manual backup:
People think that saving the posts on a regular basis is the meaning of backup and thus they rely completely on manual backup. But at times manual backup can prove to be catastrophic, as it is humanly impossible to keep up with the minute and detailed advancement computers and internet is taking. So, in order to be safe and to have a foolproof backup make such procedures automatic and look for option like cloud drives.
Not testing Backups:
It is the most common mistake, which almost everyone make at least ones. But, it is rather foolish to not check and test the backups, as you are taking the pain and even investing valuable time in backing up the data and still leaving it for odds that may be it won’t work.
Making Backup only on Hosting account:
Some hosting sites do offer daily backups of the account and similarly there are several WordPress Plugins, which allow its users to make backups on the hosting account. Till here its fine but the biggest flaw with making backup only on hosting account is that you never know when your account will get compromised and all of your data will get erased, and this is the exact reason why it is advised to have backups at least two separate places so that in case one backup is lost you still have all your data.
Not securing the backups:
Backups may contain important data and information like administrator username and password apart from other information related with the content of the website. Therefore, it is of prime importance to safeguard even the backups. Make sure that you have not only the backup of data but they are secure too. Most people miss this security part.
Irregular frequency of backing up:
For those avid bloggers who are very active on their blogs or websites but make backups on a monthly or weekly basis, it is indeed a big mistake. You never know when a hacker will sneak into your system or on your website and cause a security threat. The only solution to this is to have a regular frequency of backing up.