Are You Backing Up Enough ?

By: Matthew Kyle Tweek Broflovski Ellis

The following quotes are real quotes from webhosting forums such as Free Web Space. Take a few seconds and read them and then think if they relate to you.

Hi, do you know what has happened to XXXXX webhost. They have been down for 10 days and I ain't heard anything.

Does anyone know what happened to XXX Datacenter ?

This is a very common thing that I hear and I will only hear it more during the summer. Nowadays, anyone can setup a website and host one but very often people will choose a free webhost that is setup due to some teenager being bored during the summer.

With as little as ?8, you can buy a reseller account and start giving away free hosting to anyone that wants it. Normally, these teenagers believes they will get rich doing it and while it can be a quick buck but it normally involved the person who buys it then sees it is not making money and gets rid of it.

This then leaves the average people who got that free webhosting screwed over as they have lost their website and very often, with no backup either.

Now this blog post isn't about who the best free host but it is what to do to prepare yourself encase it happens.

The first thing to do is NOT to use a subdomain that your new host might give you. Instead get your own domain or at least a subdomain like co.cc or one of the many from afraid.org. The reason being is that if your host does down, you will still be in control of the domain or subdomain which means you won't lose all the backlinks you have gained.

ALWAYS backup. Backup the backups. The reason behind making sure to backup your website is that if your host dies and leaves you without your files, you will at least have a backup of your website that you can then restore at another host later on.

Backing up a website is annoying but you can often setup a CRON to backup your website and then send it to another location in which at least, your backup can stay for the short turn. If you need a remote location to backup your website, go to - adrive.com and sign up for a free account.

Now, the best place for your backup to be is on your own hard drive so once you have backed up, download that backup to your hard drive. Now, if you backed up remotely every day, you don't need to download the backup every day (While, it would be better too) but I have find that if you download the newest one every week, you will be fine.

Once, it is on your hard drive, what you do then is up to you. Such examples are to burn it to a CD and keep them in storage incase something happens, or even to just show off to the world that you have a backup.

Should you do all this and if your web host dies, you can just move on with little downtime.

Written by Matthew Kyle Tweek Broflovski Ellis ? 2008

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