There is really no worse feeling than knowing that a WordPress blog has lost years of thoughtfully-composed content in a matter of moments. Actually, there is one feeling worse than that: The knowledge that none of that information was backed up at any point during the website’s tenure online, and all of the information has been lost. Forever.
Luckily, this scenario can be easily avoided by using an off-site service to backup the WordPress database and ensure that any lost information is stored somewhere that is safe, off-site, and ready for use at a moment’s notice. It’s also worth noting that regular server-side database backups are a great idea to promote information redundancy and a second source of that hot commodity, peace of mind.
WordPress users are known for their enthusiastic use of the world’s most popular content management platform to manage multiple sites at the same time.This is because the software is simply so easy to learn, and so easily extendable with plugins, that it really can do just about anything a typical administrator throws at it.
Rather than learn a different platform for every website they own or manage, administrators will simply bring the joy of WordPress along with them for the ride every time. That’s fine, but it can make backing up every one of those websites quite a slow, tedious, and even painful process. Even if calling the process painful is an exaggeration, there’s no drying that it’s certainly slow and tedious in most cases.
A service known as WP Remote has taken on the burden of fixing this slow and tedious method of backing up WordPress installations manually on a regular basis. It functions as an off-site WordPress management tool that can actually facilitate the backing up of multiple websites within a single, unified control panel interface. In this respect, the WP Remote service should be considered the Dashboard to rule all WordPress Dashboards. This centralized interface is exactly what the doctor ordered for WordPress site administrators who have spread their talents across many domains and many completely independent instances of the WordPress software.
Best of all, the service is completely free for use and it employs the kind of security that even the official WordPress mobile application doesn’t provide. Rather than requiring a WordPress administrator’s login information for each installation, it functions by issuing a simple API key that can be entered into the Dashboard in order to enable the connection between WP Remote and the WordPress Dashboard that provides for remote backups and other services off-site. That’s the type of attention to detail which is sure to win over consumer users as well as those who run large, enterprise-style WordPress websites.
Manual Backup Methods Still a Viable Option
Even though WP Remote provides a really robust way to backup WordPress installations off-site, an administrator can simply never be too careful when it comes to having redundant copes of the site’s information. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that WordPress users engage the cPanel website administration software on a regular basis in order to create a backup of the site’s databases as well as the actual WordPress files (and any other files) stored in the “public_html” directory on the server. These backups should be stored on a user’s desktop computer, as well as in another secure location, so that restoring any files or information can be immediate, and not impacted even by a local hard disk failure or other catastrophe.
Don’t Let the Worst-Case Scenario Happen to a WordPress Website
With the sheer number of plugins and off-site backup tools which are available for the WordPress software and the larger web hosting community itself, there is simply no reason to let the worst-case scenario happen to a single installation. Instead of being caught completely by surprise when a server crash happens and data is lost, be sure to have multiple backups stored both on the server and locally. And, in the specific case of WordPress blogs, use a remote service such as the aptly-named WordPress Remote to enable offsite backup of multiple sites, thereby ensuring the integrity of years of hard-fought page development and content creation.