Website Backup September 27, 2016
Don’t forget to backup!
“Let’s go live with the site.” This is the first thing I hear my clients tell me before taking the final steps. People want their website to be up and running on the web as soon as possible. But let me tell you something, so does the website designer! We are just as excited as you are to get your website up and running for your audience to see. Our favorite part about designing in the Design Cache studio is the ability to see people use and visit the websites we help create. However, if a backup of your website is not stored locally and something happens to the website during the process of going live, tears will make a river. I have learned from my own mistakes.
So, you may ask, what is a backup? A backup is a stored version of your website that can be either stored on one’s own computer (locally) or stored in a different folder on a server. Backups can take up to a day to make depending on the number of files involved.
In the past, I have experienced clients who want their website up and running “right now.” As much as I would like to make a website go live right away, there is a danger in doing so. If a backup is not stored, and links break, there is often no way to find how the paths originally were arranged. So, what does this mean? Well, your website is gone and it will need to be redesigned. Now no one wants that! Fortunately, host providers often times will back up websites on their servers for courtesy purposes. However, retrieving a backup from them can sometimes come at a hefty price.
Saying this, and from my learning experience, backup your website and do not rush to have your website go live!0