Approximately 6 percent of all businesses will experience some sort of data loss in any given year. That amounts to millions of gigabytes of information lost just because a business didn’t back up its data. Surely enough, more businesses today are conscious about backing up their data than they were 15 years ago, but do you want to roll the dice on your website? Data loss is one of the most common reasons businesses go bust.
That’s right! 60 percent of businesses that lose data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster. Consider the fact that 30 percent of businesses close within a year of having a fire. That means that, in most cases, protecting your data is more important than protecting your business from a fire or other natural disaster!
While you might be lucky enough to have a hosting plan that includes full web backup (yes…you should go and check this right now!!), you still might want to opt for a supplementary backup service in addition to the one your host provides. You should especially be attentive to backup when you self-host your site.
Before you get frantic, we’ve got a couple of companies that provide web backups without a ton of effort on your behalf:
- CodeGuard is a service that not only provides a comprehensive backup solution, but also presents you with notifications of any changes on your website, including unwanted malicious activity. If your website gets defaced, you’ll be the first to know. Restore a backup and your attacker won’t even feel that he had any effect on you. They’ll back up a 2 GB website and monitor it daily for free! As a plus, the service also provides a plugin for WordPress to help streamline the process if you use this as your content management system (CMS).
- ManageWP is a yearly or monthly paid service that provides backup solutions for anyone using WordPress. It uses a similar backup scheme like CodeGuard does for WordPress, but you don’t get free backups at 2 GB and under.
- Carbonite is a service that lets you back up any data. It isn’t centered around the whole website backup deal, but that’s not a real hitch if you’re savvy enough to export and upload your database contents into it as well as other data. This process is easier than it sounds, and Carbonite lets you upload up to 500 GB of data, depending on the plan you want to use.
Don’t let your business be forgotten in the past! It’s time to hop into the future of backup solutions that are friendly to your bank account. Think of it as a type of insurance. After all, you’re protecting your business from something more frequent and sometimes more devastating than a fire. Your website is a portal that transforms visitors into customers. Letting that go down is like putting a brick wall in place of your front door.