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The Importance of Redundancy in WordPress Backups

So you’ve taken the first important step in protecting your WordPress site: you’ve purchased BackupBuddy. You install and activate and even run a few backups. But is that really enough? Is your WordPress backup plan complete?

The Problem with Local Backups

By default, when you make a manual backup with BackupBuddy, the backup is stored locally on your live site, in a directory or folder on your server. But since the backup is stored on your site, it doesn’t offer protection against a crashed server or a broken site. There’s a good chance that if the site is damaged, the backup will be also damaged. And if your site gets hacked and you lose access, you also lose access to your backup files.

Storing Backups Off-Site: Is One Location Really Enough?

Backing up your website is similar to backing up your computer’s hard drive — the whole point is to send the backup to another location where all your files are safe. But even this solution requires trust and confidence in the storage location. What if that location fails?

This is where the idea of backup redundancy is important. You definitely need one off-site location to store your backup files. And then you need an additional redundant location. It’s just another extra precaution you can easily take to protect you and your website by keeping your backup files safe.

Backup Redundancy Made Easy: BackupBuddy’s Remote Destinations

Making sure you have two safe, secure, off-site remote destinations for your backups is easy with BackupBuddy. You may already have one primary remote destination, like Amazon S3 or Dropbox, so what should be your secondary off-site location?

Here are two of the easiest remote destinations to configure:

  • BackupBuddy Stash – All current BackupBuddy customers get 1GB of free BackupBuddy Stash storage space. We built BackupBuddy Stash because we know how critical having a safe and reliable remote destination is to your overall backup strategy. BackupBuddy Stash is also incredibly easy to configure as a remote destination in BackupBuddy, since all you need is your customer login and password to activate.
  • Email – Consider setting up an additional Gmail account just for your backups. Most Database Only backups are 100-200KB in size, so they fit perfectly within Gmail’s current 25MB attachment limitations. Plus, with BackupBuddy’s file naming convention, finding backups for a specific domain is easy because attachment files are searchable.

Set It and Forget It: Backup Schedules and Redundant Backups

Backup redundancy is easy to handle in BackupBuddy’s backup schedules. With BackupBuddy’s schedules, you can send to multiple destinations from a single schedule.

If you already have a backup schedule in place or if you’re adding a new one, simply add another remote destination to the schedule.

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In the Remote backup destination(s) section, click +Add Remote Destination. Once you’ve set up your backup schedules with two remote destinations for your backups, you’re covered — and BackupBuddy will handle the rest.

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Comments

  1. Thanks Kirsten, good article. I am a little OCD with my backups. I backup once per week and keep a server copy, a local machine copy and an external drive copy. I will seriously look into Backup buddy because I am a little prehistoric at the moment and do it all manually through :D

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