I always thought of backup as something that was a bit too expensive for what it was and for most of the sites I produced it was unnecessary until one fateful day when that opinion came back to bite me. An old customer of mine had been hacked through someone exploiting their very old version of WordPress and they called me for some assistance. I put a temporary fix in place and then sent over an estimate for the repair. The repair itself took some time and was assisted by my host who identified all the malicious files for me to remove. While making the repairs I had a bit of a re-think on my current backup strategy and started some research on the possibilities.
My start point was a facility I was using on a previous site which backed up the site to a folder on my Dropbox account, the best bit about that system was it was free but it offered very little functionality beyond adding files to my Dropbox account.
My biggest concern about using Dropbox for backup was not the lack of functionality but the loss of control of the data. If I was to maintain one of my most important working practices, which is to always place the ownership of a site and it’s data with the customer I would have to rely on them to maintain that Dropbox account. I suppose I could have had it on my Dropbox account but how long should I have kept if for? I needed a more managed solution but one that didn’t cost the earth and then I found it right under my nose.
A quick Google search for WordPress backup took me to the VaultPress site and the integration with the WordPress platform is plain to see. I was intrigued until I clicked onto the Plans & Pricing page and I was convinced. After seeing the functionality offered and the price I decided that VaultPress Backup would be part of any future build.
It’s not an option. When I send out my proposals they have a number of available options but having Backup on your site is not an option it’s a given and I ensure that it’s not open for discussion by adding ‘No Backup, No Build’ to that part of the proposal.
I decided that VaultPress Backup would be part of any future build..
What’s So Special About VaultPress
VaultPress is a real-time backup and security scanning service designed and built by Automattic, the same company that operates over 25 million sites on WordPress.com.
VaultPress offers two options for backups: real time backups and daily backups. We don’t provide an option for you to initiate a backup manually if you are using a daily backup option. In both cases, you’ll never need to schedule a backup because we believe you should have to remember to have peace of mind and your site backed up – it should just happen.