How often do you back up your website?

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To take this slightly off-topic, how do you go about backing up your lamp stack and affiliated sites? Do you use rsync or another method?
 

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Usually takes on daily basis. And sometimes on 7 days basis...
 

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Hello,
As backup is important part of Linux system administration so it should properly maintained.
We do backup on daily basis.
 

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Hello,

My WordPress sites are usually backed up Daily to my Dropbox account, on a cycle of about 10 at a time.

My Non-WordPress Sites are usually backed up every 3-4 Hours through the JetBackup plugin (highly recommended for hosts) with my web host as per my reseller service setup.

I rarely backup my Non-WordPress sites to my actual hard drive or remote storage solution, as I don't see it as an efficient use of my time.

When I finish large sites though, I'll back them up on my phone and computer to prevent me from having to redo them for the third or fourth time in a year, like I am now :(
 

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I usually back up the site every 7 days so my website always works well
 

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I backup any site at least twice a day, but it really depends on the type of site you've created. You don't want to lose anything important.
 

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Very true, Tom. That's an important thing to consider.
 

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That all depends on how frequently you are making changes to your site (whether that be styling changes or adding blog posts).

Currently, we run a daily database backup and a weekly full backup. This is scheduled to happen automatically without any input required from us after the initial setup.
 

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Every 2 days to AWS S3
 

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It depends on what kind of site you are running and how frequently you are updating your site content. Different types of websites need different backup frequencies. I back up my WordPress site at least once a week with WPvivid Backup/Restore (from the WordPress directory).
 

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I did a bit of research about site backups, a while ago, when I was building a platform for the most cost effective site proactive security.

> Site backup is not that simple as it sounds. Your backup is no good, if you are not able to easily restore.
I used to think the same, till I started questioning several things, while building the platform.

The real question is how easy it is to do a restore from a backup.

Writing scripts and cron jobs are not the ideal way to backup sites. Why?
  • Do you get notified if there is a change in site file?
  • Do you know if backup job is even running?
  • Does your backup job notify you on failures?
  • How easy is it to restore your site?
  • What if your oldest site backup has a malware, that was never detected? Your oldest backup is of no use. You cannot rely on Hosting provider backups either. You can never revert to pristine version. Your site will have to be taken offline and you will have to spend money to remove malware, remove blacklisting and host elsewhere. So backup with rotation strategy is no good.
  • Backups ought to be offsite. Cannot rely on local machine.
  • Backups should not take much hosting server resources
  • Backups should allow to keep multiple redundant backup copies, with notification
  • Backups should be done quickly

Forgot to mention, that inotify is also a good way to trigger backups. Inotify records file events and you can program on catching an event.
So, you can look for write events in your site docroot folder, and trigger incremental backup. You will have instant backup on site file change.
 
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Standard backups should be daily realistically but it depends on the type of website you're running.

If you're running a website which relies heavily on a database with very few files changed, why not run daily backups of your files and more frequent backups of your database? You could backup your database hourly, for example.
 

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I am using Jet Backups and set it to take backups daily on my all servers for my all clients and my own websites.
 

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That all depends on how frequently I'm making any changes in my website whether it be the addition of blog posts or other designs and styling changes. Currently, I'm preferring a daily database backup and a weekly full backup. However, the frequency you choose to backup your website largely differs for every site. Some will need a daily backup, while others may require only once a week or month. This can be scheduled to happen automatically without any input required after its initial setup or also can be done manually.

In doing the backup, you're also archiving all your web files including the database. But, make sure once a week you're doing it in your own without being dependent on your hosting providers only to do it for you. This way, you're not just saving your files rather you're saving time, money, and your precious efforts in making it.

Hope you find it useful!

Cheers!
 

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Backups are really essential to protect a website data and files. So buy web hosting solutions that contains backup features.

backup also dpends on how many changes you making on daily basis.
 

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I usually make backups 2 weeks once manually but now I am moving to Amazon s3 because it backups automatically for me from cPanel, that is really convenient.
 
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