Even the best of us make mistakes. And whether it’s the accidental deletion of a file, adding the wrong plugin or exposing yourself to a hack, websites are easy to break.

In the event of one of these mishaps, a backup can be a lifesaver. Here I’ll cover why you should back up your websites regularly and how to make those backups. 

Why do I need website and email backups?

We find that the most common ways that a website is ‘broken’ in some way is through user error. We’ve all deleted the wrong file at some point. Or despaired at finding an email that’s been deleted permanently.

But there’s also a chance of something more nefarious happening. Even though we provide the most secure hosting possible, if someone gets hold of your password and you don’t use 2FA, there’s little we can do to stop them accessing your files.

We all like to think that we’re tech-savvy enough to not fall for social engineering. But the figures put the lie to that. Google found that 45% of the most sophisticated phishing attempts were successful.

In fact, being technically-adept can make you vulnerable. A survey by Keysight showed that security professionals were overconfident when it comes to cyber security. 75% of organisations had experienced a security breach. Lots of people still use the same password for multiple sites too – further exposing themselves to website breaches.

It’s essential that you take backups of your website files, databases and emails regularly, so they can be restored at a later date should the worst happen.

Now I’ll look in to your options, starting with the time-consuming ‘manual’ ways to do it, and then covering the automatic website backup services available.