Today is World Backup Day, an Awareness Day set aside each year to focus on the importance of having your data backed up. Although, I think every day should be World Backup Day.
Why would anyone, especially businesses, need reminding of the importance of backups?
It is sometimes quite harrowing to find out that many small to medium-sized businesses in the UK still don’t have a disaster recovery strategy in place.
Knowing how much businesses rely on data these days, it is astonishing to hear tales of huge amounts of data being lost. One of the main ones for me is hearing of business websites that aren’t backed up, especially ones that are relied on to provide additional sales or leads.
Throughout my career, I have been witness to some quite catastrophic and costly events that have occurred due to the lack of a disaster recovery/backup strategy.
This has led to 127 Media being very selective about who we use for our hosting partners. With the robustness of their backup and disaster recovery strategy being high on the list of requirements.
A backup copy of your business website is crucial for several reasons:
- Disaster recovery: In the event of a website crash, having a backup copy ensures that you can quickly restore your website to its previous state. This is especially important for businesses that rely on their website for their operations.
- Protection against hacking: A backup copy of a website can protect against hacking attempts by enabling the webmaster to roll back the website to a previous version that is not compromised.
- Peace of mind: Knowing that you have a backup copy of your website provides peace of mind, especially when making significant changes to the site. This is because if something goes wrong during the changes, you can always restore the site to its previous state.
- Saves time and money: If your website is hacked or crashes, and you don’t have a backup, you will need to start from scratch, which can take a lot of time and money. Having a backup copy saves time and money by enabling you to restore the website to its previous state quickly.
- Testing new changes: A backup copy of a website can be used to test new changes before making them live on the site. This helps to ensure that there are no unforeseen consequences of the changes before they are implemented.
Overall, having a backup copy of a business website is essential to ensure the website’s availability, security, and functionality, as well as to provide peace of mind to the business owner.
So, don’t wait for World Backup Day each year to pay attention to your backup/disaster recovery strategy, go and do it now.
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