Your site is your asset and needs backup
You probably have a website, chances are you have many. It’s a fact, our business – no matter what you’re doing, really – became centered around the websites we own and use to publish our work, offers, products, whatever. Whether it’s a review site (like this one, by the way), an e-com site, an affiliate marketing site or just a personal blog you use to drive traffic to some other site, it really does not matter.
What matters is you’ve probably dedicated a fair amount of your life (just count the hours, you won’t believe how fast they’re adding up…) towards building them. Just think briefly of all the tasks you had to do in order to get it (them) running the way you want it to be running, and you’ll see: it is an unbelievably important and valuable asset to you.
What needs to be done
If you’re smart you already have some sort of backup solution installed, whether it’s a plugin you run or some other solution. Although, to our experience, we software people tend to talk a lot about the need to backup things and forget to do it sometimes. Somehow we believe it will not happen to us, but let me tell you – it does. Sooner or later you’re faced with an empty screen, a domain that does not work or even exist anymore, for whatever reason. Could be a problem at your ISP, could be a hacker attack, just for fun of it, or something else. The point is your asset is gone – and so is your data, forum, membership site with all the member data, your traffic is going down and your wallet starts to complain.
It can cost a lot to put a middle sized site back and running again, both in time and money. Not to count the nerves, the hair you’ll lose in the process, and of course the revenues that are lost forever. So why are we not backing up if we preach about it so much?
The most common cause is the complexity of the task itself, or, often you just forget to do it.
Imagine that you have five blogs on WordPress, each mid-sized, with a few hundred posts, thousands of images and possibly even a membership database for your business, containing data for a few hundred members each. The websites might be based on HTML, the problem is the same.
The manual backup process, which is – lacking the nicer word – the s***est possible option, includes backing up all the files via your FTP client to a local storage, and then using cPanel and phpMyAdmin to export the database and save the file. Your storage is quickly becoming an overcrowded place where many backup folders live, we could bet you’ll have trouble determining the right one if you need it in a hurry. Not to mention all the possibilities of something going wrong in the process. And, you have to do it for all five blogs, one at a time.
A much better option is if your sites are equipped with a backup plugin. Still, usually you have to go and manually run the plugins for each site in order to have the most recent version saved. You could be lucky and have a friend that sets up a Cron automated job for you, so they run more or less automatically. Or you’re paying a fair amount of money monthly to someone to do it for you.
Either way, you need quite some amount of space somewhere to store the backups, and it’s also costing you money. And so on.
The solution we found
This is where automated backup solutions come into play that are able to store data in the cloud, and SiteSync is one of them.
The main function of the software is the possibility to set up backup routines that can be either triggered manually, in case of a change, let’s say, or automatically, either daily or based on a certain condition. And to make sure you have enough place to save the files somewhere. And later be able to restore the complete site with literally one click, either to the same domain or a new one.
SiteSync takes your space problems seriously – it integrates with several of them, including your Amazon and Google accounts for the backups, additionally it provides 10GB of space you can use directly if you don’t have an account ready with one of the cloud providers.
All you have to do is setup your cloud storage accounts, if you have any, and set up the backup procedure for each of your sites.
You can use the FTP backup protocol or install a plugin if your site is based on WordPress.
Then, you decide the interval of your backups.
You can run backups daily, weekly, monthly, or bi- versions of each. Or you can run a one-time backup session for safety purposes or testing maybe.
The last step, noted as FINAL, is really just a confirmation.
So this is it, as soon as you save these settings you’re ready to go, and backups begin to accumulate in your storage account.
The restore process is similarly simple, you need to provide (select) the backup session that the files originate from, and the domain you want your data to be restored to. Very easy and straightforward, and even better, effective.
If you’re still doing backups manually, or worse, if you do the backups only when you remember to do it or someone reminds you, go and see this solution. You might not be aware, but you’re literally playing with fire here, and sooner or later you’ll be more then thankful you’ve made this modest investment today. Remember, even one time crash that will take your data away will cost you way more then this piece of software. So, no question here. We did not really find anything to question about the software, no real problems, you just have to get used to the interface. But that’s the same with every software really, so no minus points there.
The Basic licence allows you to use it on 5 sites and with a 10GB space you have plenty of backups to do. The Elite license rises this limit to 50 sites and 50GB of space, and the Pro license adds automated 24/7 monitoring to your sites, so you are aware of the changes being made and can act accordingly.
With VideoSync license it extends usability to your video accounts, such as YouTube or Vimeo, giving you possibility to back them up too.
And, of course, there are options to widen the allocated space to either 500GB or even 1TB. Which is A LOT.
We bought a license for ourselves, and it’s already running on three of our sites, with the rest waiting to be set up. And honestly, I do feel a sort of relief. You know how it is: it’s like the car or home insurance, you might be paying it for years and never use it (consider yourself lucky!), but if your house burns down one day, what do you think about the guy that sold you the insurance? Exactly.
The vendor also stands behind the product with a full 30-day money back guarantee.
As Bob Dylan said once: don’t think twice, it’s alright.
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