Is Your Website Backed Up?
This is just a very quick note about a VERY important subject.
How many organizations backup their websites, or better yet, how many companies even know if their websites are backed up?
There are now a few companies that provide backup services along with the hosting services they provide for their clients.
Web development is no longer just about putting up a website, particularly when you have databases and E-commerce carts involved and located on web-hosting sites, content management systems, website building platforms, etc., including self-hosted shopping carts.
Depending on the provider, these carts sometimes save a considerable amount of monthly leasing fees, but they require backups to be done frequently and moved offline to be safe.
Managers of some companies who are extremely dollar-conscious, budget-pinching, cost cutters, are putting themselves and their companies at huge risk when they buy the $6.00/per month hosting services – the ones that don’t provide routinely scheduled backups or a means to do one, just to save $5.00 – $20.00 per month.
Talk about tripping over nickels on the way to dollars! Or to use an old saying, “penny wise and pound foolish,” referring of course to the British pound.
What we see happening is Professional Hosting Companies offering a menu of services including website backup. These backups are scheduled so that the database is backed up more frequently than the general static pages, which is good. The database is where the transaction records are held for every purchase, new post, new comment, new twitter, and so on.
Each of those transactions changes the database rendering the latest backup out of date; which necessitates those frequently scheduled backups.
With that in mind the question, “Is your website backed up?” takes on a whole new level of importance.
Written by Gerry Baldwin
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