Own a WordPress website or blog, then lend all your ears hear. Being a full-time or part-time blogger, you might have put your heart and soul into your blogging website. You might have built your website with your dedicated time, energy, and efforts in choosing the theme, design, etc. Would you want a single blow to destroy your whole dream website?
In the middle of choosing the theme and plugin, you forgot to take a backup of your blogs. Do have you any idea that how a single malware attack can ruin your whole blogging site. Not only a malware attack, but there can also be so many more threats that can take down your blogging site as well as your blogging career at the same time.
Also sometimes the attack doesn’t need to be external, a minor error in the code can be a significant drawback for your blogging site. So when you cannot be sure of the type and time of the attack, the need to protect and guard your site becomes more crucial. But for that, you need to know all about backups.
What is a backup?
Backup is a copy or replica of your WordPress website that can be used as a restore in the future during times of malfunction or crashing down. One can consider backup as an inexpensive way of avoiding data loss. Usually, backups depend on snapshots that are the copies of the data set that might have been taken at a pre-determined time. It is very essential for continuing business operations, focuses on compliance and recovery.
Why WordPress blog backup is essential?
WordPress’s cloud storage is worldwide known but when you are self-hosting on WordPress then it’s your sole responsibility to create a backup from time to time. Even if your WordPress website is hosted on a shared hosting platform, taking backups is something you have to take care of.
WordPress based blogging sites are more prone to attacks. They are more vulnerable due to their worldwide popularity and thus favorite and first choice for hackers. Even a single hack can completely ruin your data and shatter the very base of your site. The data includes your blogs, users’ comments, followers, and the list is endless. Apart from losing data, there are chances wherein the hackers can even post unwanted sensitive ads and posts on your blog.
The repercussions can be very dreadful like you your hosting provider can throw your website out of their server. The worst can be if your website gets blocked by Google (or any other search engine) itself.
To avoid such consequences, taking backups from time to time will help you a lot.
Backing up in WordPress style
This might sound too much of a task but actually, it’s not. Taking regular backup of your WordPress based websites has become very easy and keeps you away from all the tension. WordPress plugins work as a backup tool that makes taking backup very easy.
Bloggers on WordPress can now keep a backup through the “Export panel”. You can easily keep a copy of your blog and export it in the form of an XML file. This export tool does not take a backup of the theme of your WordPress website but of the blog posts, comments on them, and also of images if there are any.
Although you don’t have control over the themes and programs provided by WordPress, at least you can keep a backup of all of your content and other blogging related assets.
Another way of protecting your blog posts from getting attacked is by selecting the username for the WordPress login very wisely. WordPress itself will not suggest you the most secured username or password, the onus lies on you.
Selecting usernames like “admin” and putting up passwords with simply your birthdates is not going to help you. It’s business, not any school project that if hacked will not impact you badly.
The harder to remember the password, the harder it will be for the hacker to crack it. It’s going to trouble you initially, but with the time you will get used to it.
A very important and simple step can save you from so many of the destructive hackers out there. Never forget to put up a nickname from the “Your Profile” section of the Users column of your WordPress blog. If not done, then WordPress will use your username as a nickname and that would only be displayed to your visitors.
At last, never entertain any kind of spam comments on your blog posts. Such spam messages are there to promote illegal adult websites or to serve any of their purposes. Use some filters like the most prominent “Captcha” that can help you in filtering out some of the spams.
With the help of such simple hacks, you can protect and recover your blogs without any help from any of those developers or hosts. In no time, you will become an expert into it and none of these tasks will feel like a task to you. #KhabarLive #hydnews