I have spoken about the importance of backing your website up to an external location on countless occasions. It is something I cannot stress enough: You need to keep daily backups of your website.
Internal backups provided by your hosting company are not enough since these are located in the same data centre as your main server. Therefore, if there is damage to the data centre, such as flooding or electrical damage, you would lose the data from your live website and you would lose your backup. That is why you need offsite backups.
One of the most popular backup options available to WordPress users is BlogVault. The plugin has many great features such as a test restore system that lets you see whether a backup is correct. Load is also reduced by using incremental backups. This ensures that new files and files that have been changed will be added to your backup.
Backups can be downloaded to your computer or uploaded to your Dropbox account. Alternatively, you can restore your backup at the touch of a button. You can even restore individual files at the click of a button. A test restore system allows you to check everything is ok with a particular backup before you make it go live.
BlogVault also has an in-built migration system that makes it easy to transfer a WordPress website from one location to another.
All backups are stored on an Amazon S3 account owned by BlogVault. 30 days of backups are kept.
A basic plan for BlogVault retails at $9 per month ($89 per year) and allows one WordPress website to be backed up and restored. Their plus plan retails at $19 per month ($199 per year). It offers priority chat and email support and allows you to 3 websites to be backed up. Their pro plan increases this limit to 7 websites and costs $39 per month ($399 per year).
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