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Back Up Your Website Or The Kitten Get’s It!

This weekend I have spent my evenings and nights recovering a website! The client who will remain nameless on the understanding that they never ever again not listen to the advice that they are given!

So this brings me to my bit of advice to anyone and everyone who has a website not just those with a wedding website. Do not rely on your web host to create you a backup of your website. It is not their responsibility.

If you are unsure how to do this then talk to your web designer or webmaster to get information on how to do this. For a few pounds of your hard earned cash you could save yourself from a £750 bill for needing to call your webmaster at the weekend to tell him you didn’t listen to what you were told and you’ve lost your website!

Backing up is painless and there are thousands of ways to do it, some free and some cost a little cash but don’t ever take it for granted that it is included in your hosting package. They back up their servers but they will not back up your entire website for you (yes believe it or not they are two different things).

I will in a later post put some methods together on how to create a backup of your website and keep it safe but at 2am on a Sunday night/Monday morning I thought it important to get the message out quickly!



  1. Jon Sharp on November 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Surely their host provides a backup recovery server as part of the package? Even more imperative if it’s a business site, I’d have thought anyway. Nice blog by the way.

    • WeddingSEO on November 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Jon,
      Many thanks for your comment.
      It would be nice to think that you can just contact the host and they give you a complete backup of everything on your website, unfortunately this rarely happens. In all the times I have needed recovery of a website due to a disaster, the hosting companies rarely supply a restore of a single database or a single directory. I’d still recommend that you backup on a regular basis even if the 100% guarantee that there is no chance of you losing anything.

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