I just installed the BackupBuddy WordPress plugin that’s set to give me some extra peace of mind. The plugin allows me to schedule regular backups (I was doing this already through another plugin) but it also allows me to send the backup file to an FTP location or to a secure storage facility. And that’s the bit that caught my eye.
BackupBuddy integrates nicely with Amazon’s Web Services. Part of that is Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), a secure place to store large amounts of data. From now, all my clients have their sites backed up in five ways.
- Daily emailed backup of their complete database.
- The last 14 daily backups are stored on a folder of their hosting account.
- A complete backup of their site is stored on S3. I’m hoping to have this done on a monthly basis but I’m having some issues with file sizes. Stay tuned on this one. For the moment I’ll perform a complete backup once the site is operational.
- A daily backup stored on S3.
- The hosting company (Page.ly) also do a backup and they retain the last 14 days of backups.
If a site goes down it can be back up and operational within a very short space of time.