It is everyone’s worst nightmare when they run a WordPress based site and they experience a technical malfunction, a hacking attack or a SQL Injection that causes problems.
This is something that Suck My Trend needs to be wary of as well, and that is why we have a solution that automatically backs up our website files on a regular basis, including our site files and database.
We came across WordPress Plugins that allowed us to back up our database and have it emailed to us, but we needed a solution that covered all angles. We don’t need to worry about comments as we use Facebook comments, so they are hosted on Facebook’s servers, but everything else including posts, categories and other content needs to be regularly backed up to avoid problems.
After some more searching we came across BlogVault, and we feel that this is the best solution around for a backup solution to a WordPress based site. They specialise in WordPress Back up rather than general site back up, and rely on your WP-Config file in order to gather information from your database to back up, making the motion seamless.
The online based application currently offers a free 30 day trial, and then after that you only need to pay $9 a month for a single site use. The site automatically backs up each day on a 24 hour cycle, and you can log in and manually back up the database too. You can then download the back up if there is any issues and install it back into your WordPress to revert back to the time where there are no changes, saving you the stress of a hacking attack or any other issues. Luckily with the security fixes in place on new versions of WordPress this is now rather rare, but there are still ways that damage can be caused and this is the best way to deal with it. Sadly it is more a re-active approach than a pro-active one, but in this day and age where security is catching up constantly with the criminal acts, this is how it is.
The dashboard is simple and clean, and there is even an Affiliate Program if you wish to earn some money from the company for advertising their services, so you can secure your site and even earn money for helping others to secure theirs, which is a great plus.
Overall we are very impressed and feel this is a great way to keep your WordPress installation safe.