WordPress is a very popular website development platform. Also known as a content management system (CMS), WordPress is the platform of choice for millions of business websites.
Its popularity has also made it a target for hackers who exploit unprotected and out-of-date WordPress websites.
Most of this type of trouble can be avoided by keeping your WordPress core software up to date. You also want to keep any WordPress plugins you are using up to date.
Security plugins like WordFence offer basic and advanced WordPress site protection. Additionally, WordFence will notify you if there are updates that should be processed at your website.
I recommend using VaultPress to proactively and effectively backup and restore your entire WordPress website if necessary. Once backups are configured, they run on autopilot. If necessary, a complete restore of your WordPress website can be successfully performed with only a single click.
I personally use VaultPress which is a WordPress company. Who knows WordPress better than the company that produces it? VaultPress is one of my Favorite Internet Marketing Tools.
Two WordPress backup and recovery alternatives to VaultPress are Backup Buddy by iThemes and Updraft.
Q: Chris, my hosting company says they are doing backups of my website. Do I still need to do my own backups?
A: Yes. I recommend that you set-up your own backup and disaster recovery system, even though your hosting company offers this service. Think of it as a backup to the backup. Given the small amount of time and cost it requires to set this up I consider it an Internet Marketing Best Practice. Unfortunately, I’ve heard of too many instances when someone went to recover their website from their hosting company backup only to find out the backup files do not work (Go Daddy, Hostgator). Self-managed backups also allow you to move your website quickly in the event you need to move to a new hosting company.