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Who Should Handle the Backups? A Web Host or a Plugin?

Who should handle the backups

Having backups for your site really falls into the “essentials” category. Having regular backups can save your time and money when the most unfortunate events happen. You might need them when an update brings down your site or when something goes horribly wrong and the site gets hacked (prevention is the key here, see how to secure your WordPress website).

Within the WordPress ecosystem, there are many plugins that handle backups within the WordPress installation, but lately, managed WordPress hosting providers have included this within their offerings and even have some benefits.

Let’s talk about security first

One thing to always keep in mind is that backups should only be accessible to the trusted source, that’s usually just you. If the backups are stored within the same folder as your website, then once a malicious actor gains access to the site, he can delete the backups or even infect them. Backups should always be stored off-site.

Performance

Generating backups is always “cheaper” (performance-wise) when doing it on the low-level. Hosting companies have the upper-hand when it comes to backing up the site while causing a minimal impact on your site’s performance.

On the other hand, WordPress plugins which handle the backups often require more resources during the process for 2 simple reasons:

1) Additional code is executed for backing up the site on the website.

2) Additional bandwidth is used for uploading the backups off-site for storage.

Backup plugins - heavy - secure

Accessibility

When it comes to accessibility, most hosting companies have room for improvements. Historically, plugins have been having the upper hand when it comes to simplicity and ease of use when setting up the backup frequency and even by restoring the site with a single click.

This is due to the fact that WordPress backup plugins are exclusively made for backing up WordPress sites while traditional hosting companies are not WordPress centric.

When it comes to managed WordPress hostings, the accessibility benefit of backup plugins is slowly fading.

10Web approach to WordPress backups

With 10Web all your backups will be stored separately from the site (off-site) on Amazon servers. Since 10Web has a strong WordPress focus, you will get the same accessibility that you’d get from backup plugins, but you will save from performance.

Conclusion

While 10Web covers all your backup needs, Plan B is always good to have. You can get a license from our website security partner WebARX and apply off-site backups also to your free google drive account.

Prevention is the key! WebARX is a full website security platform, where you can get a web application firewall, vulnerability monitoring and much more (you can find it also from 10Web featured plugins section). Use the code 10web to get 35% off from WebARX full access.

 

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Oliver Sild
Oliver Sild
CEO & Co-founder of WebARX security.

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