Back Up Your Website Using a Third-Party Service
The next step, the easiest step, is to sign up for a managed backup service. These are third-party services, such as BackupMachine, Codeguard, and Dropmysite, that handle the backup process for you. The steps may vary slightly from service to service.
. Create a profile with the third-party back up service.
. Click "Add Website."
. Supply the software with your domain, username, and password credentials.
. Select the root directory.
. Click the backup icon.
That's it! The apps automatically back up your site on a set schedule. Depending on the service, you can change the backup time to one that you prefer.
There’s a literal price to pay for this hands-off approach, though. CodeGuard has a $5-per-month Personal Plan that lets you create a daily backup of a single website. Dropmysite's cheapest option is $29.99 per year, but it lets you bac kup unlimited websites and databases on a daily basis. BackupMachine has a free tier with monthly backups (it also has premium options that offer backups with increased frequency). Research these third-party services to see the full scope of their offerings.
Note that some web hosts offer these services as add-ons to your hosting plans. For example, you can purchase CodeGuard via HostGator, one of our Editors’ Choice picks for web hosting services.
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Back It Up and Breathe Easier
Those are just a few ways to back up your website. Even the more complicated backup options become easier once you’ve done them a few times. We recommend backing up your website on a weekly basis, but if you frequently update your site, or are involved in e-commerce, you should consider daily backups. Always be prepared.
In most cases, restoring your site is as simple as reversing the backup process. You simply log into your website's control panel, and upload the archived files back to the site's home directory. In terms of the cPanel and WordPress plugin options, you'll typically find restore options next to the backup options. Hopefully, restoring your site will be a rare occurrence.
If you're getting started in the web hosting game, make sure to check out our primers, How to Build a Website and How to Register a Domain Name for Your Website. The Best Courses for Learning How to Build Websites is an excellent start, too.