The Importance of Backing Up
I had a stark reminder this morning about the importance of making regular incremental back-ups. While making a minor change to a website to adjust the text size site-wide; something didn’t take correctly when I saved the file and ALL of the headings and text disappeared across the entire website. Saving again didn’t fix it. Re-entering the original sizes didn’t fix it. The last backup was a month ago; meaning, everything that I added to the website in the last month, all the hard work that I put in over the last couple of weeks on the re-design of several pages would have been lost.
All first thing on Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday – not what I needed.
Luckily I was able to bring up a duplicate of the site with the previous backup that I made a month ago and export the settings, then import them into the other site to fully restore whatever happened.
Our clients’ sites are all hosted on our production servers that makes incremental backups every hour. This was just an experimental site that I have been working on – on and off – for several months; still, it would have been a major bummer to lose the most recent updates I made in my quest for perfection prior to launch.
It’s a good reminder though – back up your phone, iPad, laptop, desktop, and everything else daily – or before and after you make a major change; then make a regular backup of the backup – it’s good practice. Especially when the data at risk could cause a business continuity issue.
Back-up overly often! You can never have too many backups. Just in case.