For as long as I have used and taught WordPress, backups have been a critical piece that I have shared. Whether it’s a plugin or a plan through your host, it’s essential that you have something in place. Or maybe you have a combination of these. Your host provides a weekly or monthly backup, but you use a plugin for backing up more often, or when you need to do a manual backup. Whatever you choose, make sure that what you need is in place.
A while back, I wrote a post called Backing Up the Backups of Your WordPress Site. I explained that I had three backups. I use ManageWP for monthly backups. My host, WPEngine does daily backups and I can back up manually anytime I need to. I also use VaultPress backups through my Jetpack subscription.
And that is what I want to share in this post.
Jetpack’s VaultPress Backups
I have a professional subscription with Jetpack. Each level gives a different backup solution, but, as you may have heard in a recent podcast, soon all Jetpack subscribers will get the benefit of what I am about to share with you.
Lots of Edits, Changes and Updates
I am constantly in my site doing changes to my content: updating posts, repurposing post, creating new posts. In between all that, I am doing other site maintenance. But there is nothing worse than doing three or four small changes when something goes sideways and you lose them. Sometimes they are slight, but so important that it’s hard to remember exactly what you did. And sometimes no backup is going to save you if it took you less than five minutes to do them.
If I go into my VaultPress dashboard here on my site, I see a list of my activity. It shows me everything I have done recently, no matter how small.
If I were to visit my VaultPress dashboard, this is the overview I see first.
If I clicked on my activity log, I would find the details. What’s cool here is if something weird had happened, I could see what I had done to cause it.
If you look at the backups, you see what is labeled as real-time backups. I think of them as incremental backups, several each day. You can go to any dates to find backups from those times as well.
As you can see, it’s easy to restore any of these backups. Also, if you want to know what files are going to be restored or changed by the backup, just click on the View Backup button.
As a blogger and podcaster who is constantly working on our site’s the content, this option gives me true piece of mind. You might want to check out the Jetpack subscription options.