As you know we’ve stressed already that you should back up your site and database ALWAYS ALWAYS before an upgrade. Otherwise how often should you back up?
For starters that depends how often you blog, how would you feel if your database was corrupted and/or lost and how often you want to do it – but this third point is the least important of all. Sometimes we must do things we don’t want to do or feel like doing.
Back-ups generally are very good to get into the habit of doing and not enough of us do them regularly enough. Many of us here have found that out the hard way and certainly wont fall back into bad old habits and would encourage you not to get into them in the first place.
We’re often asked the question – “But how many backups should I keep?”.
Well most people do a backup and then replace it with the next one next time around. Mainly because it saves space and is less to worry about and organise. But, what happens if the backup file is corrupted, or even worse still, lost?
Now it may appear slightly paranoid but it often pays dividends to be slightly paranoid, so our recommendation is to keep three (3) backups and more than that, keep them in three different places or forms. For example, different hard drives, a web disk and your email account for instance.
Can backups be automated?
Most certainly they can and you’re not restricted to just one process either. But our tip would be to check and back up those automatic backups every now and then with a manual back up. This way you’re guaranteed to know that the process is working properly.
There are a collection of extremely helpful documents (refer to Codex) that can be used to help you back up and restore that valuable WordPress data – use it!
For instance there is:
Backing up the Database
Restoring the Database from your Backup
Backing up your WordPress Site