I’m kind of surprised at how many potential web clients that I talk to that aren’t really doing anything with regards to backing up their website. Running backups of your website is pretty easy to do with the control panels and tools available today to website owners, and the process can usually be automated as well.
Most websites consist of files and a database, or maybe even just files. To create a backup you just need to create a copy of those files (and database, if you have one) and store it somewhere outside of your web server. This should be done about as often as you make changes to your website to ensure that you have a recent backup of the most recent state of your website at all times.
If you have a website that you only update monthly, you can probably get by with monthly backups. If you update your website daily or have a website that users contribute to daily, you’ll want to create daily backups. At least that is a good way to look at it from a basic standpoint.
With WordPress and the tools we have available, for example, we are able to create automated schedules of backups that run without us having to really do anything manually, which is the ideal situation to strive for. Any site we manage can be restored quickly and easily if we run into any problems.
Having backups available of your website at all times is great for peace of mind and for taking away the worries of what might happen if the website blows up somehow. Maybe it gets hacked, maybe the files accidentally get deleted by an errant user or worker, or who knows what can happen. But if you always have a backup available you can rest easy knowing that if the worst does happen and your website burns to the ground you can restore it to normal in a matter of hours, or maybe even less, with your backups.