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today is world backup day. when was the last time you backed up your business website? do you have a process in place to back up your business website on a regular basis? if something disastrous happened to your website, could you restore it quickly and easily? unfortunately, the answer to those questions for most small business owners (and many mid-size businesses) is often, “no.”
did you know that women business owners are often less likely to prioritize web security, including backups? recent research shows that one in four women business owners are not fully protected against cyber risks even though 65% of women business owners believe that their websites are critical to their businesses. given the fact that 40% of cyber attacks are against companies with fewer than 500 employees, web security and website backups should be a high priority for all small and mid-size businesses.
a large number of mid-size and small business websites, as well as many fortune 500 company websites, are built on wordpress, so in honor of world backup day, following are three popular and reliable wordpress backup tools (not plugins) that you can start using right now to automatically back up your wordpress-powerd business website. keep in mind, when you choose a wordpress backup solution, make sure all of your files are backed up (not just your database) or you won’t be able to restore your site if a disaster strikes. each of the tools below backs up all of your site files.
vaultpress is owned by automattic, the company behind wordpress, so it makes sense that vaultpress is one of the most popular, easy-to-use, and reliable wordpress backup solutions. vaultpress backs up your business website in real-time, performs security scans daily, reviews and repairs security threats, and provides one-click site restoration. site backup pricing starts at $15 per month per site. if you want to add security and site restoration features, you’ll need to upgrade to a more expensive plan, starting at $40 per month per site.
wp-monitor is a newer player in the wordpress backup industry, and features are still being added. this tool promises to offer more than other backup solutions at lower prices, and it already appears to be living up to that promise. services include daily website backups, wordpress updates, uptime monitoring, traffic change alerts, broken links reports, website stat reports, some website changes, and site restoration. you can test wp-monitor by signing up for the free account, which offers all of the backups that you’ll need. if you upgrade to a paid plan (starting at $49 per month), you’ll also get the reports, uptime monitoring, website changes, and site restoration services.
blogvault is another popular wordpress backup tool with competitive pricing and features, including a 7-day free trial. for $9 per month, you can backup one site, perform a test restore to ensure your backups are working, easily migrate your site if necessary, restore any single file, and save your backups to dropbox. if you need ongoing help, you can upgrade to a higher-priced plan and back up three sites for $19 per month or seven sites for $39 per year. higher-priced plans offer priority chat and email support.