Building a WordPress website is a significant investment of time and effort. What happens if your website gets hacked and/or defaced? Would you have a backup ready to quickly restore all of your hard work?
Every day, websites have technical troubles. Below is a list of several things which affect websites across the world:
- Malware and virus infection
- Installation of incompatible plugins and modules
- Theme coding errors
- Website hosting hardware failure
- Accidental removal of code or files
Why You Should Backup Your Website
Accidents happen in web design and development. When images go missing or the layout becomes broken after coding changes, restoring a backup quickly can fix an issue which might have otherwise taken hours to resolve.
Every day, websites are hacked. Installing security plugins and changing login URLs can help protect your website, but ultimately, no matter how much you install and configure, your website can still be hacked.
One of the best security measures you can take to protect your website is to create regular backups. JetPack, the latest integration with our WordPress hosting, offers free backups. These backups give you peace-of-mind: whatever happens to break your website, it can be restored.
Many web hosts offer website backups as a part of the hosting plan. These backups can save you time and worry, but did you know that in most web hosts’ terms of service, it states that they are not responsible if backups fail? This is a not an ideal situation for you, because backups do indeed fail more often than you might think. For example, if you’re over your file or storage limit, the web host may stop automatically backing up your files (without alerting you that they’ve stopped).
Creating your own backups via JetPack for WordPress is better than relying on your web host for backups, because then you have complete control over the frequency, automation, and restoration.
How to Backup Your Website Using JetPack for WordPress
We’re proud to share that JetPack is now included with all WordPress Hosting accounts, and it’s super simple to use.
When you sign in to your WordPress dashboard for the first time, you will notice that JetPack is automatically installed.
Click on the JetPack icon on the top left side and then select “backups.” If you are prompted for FTP credentials, create a new FTP account and provide the information. Here’s how to create a new FTP account. That’s it—once this is complete, backups are automatically running! JetPack is user-friendly and will backup every time you make a change.
Backup Your Website Now, with JetPack
Having your website fully—and regularly—backed up is prudent. We’re thrilled to announce that the JetPack plugin is now included with all of our WordPress hosting packages. Learn more about WordPress Hosting, our managed platform for WordPress that is fine-tuned to deliver superior performance, security, and provide best-in-class hosting.
Correction: InMotion Hosting no longer offers free backups. However, you can now get the feature-rich backup manager service for an additional $2/month.