Hackers. Uncompressed images. Buggy code. Human error. WordPress websites face numerous threats and, as a result, require lots of protection.
But what happens if all the security measures, performance enhancers, and user management controls you put in place aren’t enough? What if your WordPress website goes offline, gets hijacked, or data gets corrupted or goes missing? You can’t afford to start from scratch.
This is why you need WordPress backups. Backups are a lifesaver for your website. And they come in handy for a number of reasons:
Security breaches: backups are an essential part of any WordPress security strategy. If your website should be defaced, held for ransom, used as a host for phishing attacks, or otherwise corrupted by a hacker, you don’t want to spend countless hours combing through content or the database to repair it.
Storing WordPress backups outside of your server enables you to instantly rewind your site to a previous iteration and remove the infection.
Bad updates: consider the risk you take any time you update WordPress, a theme, or a plugin. Updates are a necessary part of keeping your WordPress site secure and speedy, but it doesn’t mean they’re not apt to cause harm in the process.
Plugin conflicts, erroneous coding, or buggy updates could easily take down your site. If you know this is the cause of the downtime and you aren’t able to clean up the infection manually, you can immediately get your website back up and running.
Human error: of course, there’s always the human error to worry about too, especially as more cooks enter the kitchen.
Just one line of bad code can break a piece of a website or introduce the white screen of death to anyone who dare try to enter it. With WordPress backups, you can save yourself time in having to troubleshoot what users did and restore your website quickly.