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Improved Server Backup Policy

Friday, December 6th, 2013

At simplewebhosting.co.uk we’ve always worked hard to take care of your data. Every night complete backups are taken of your hosting account and these are stored on a separate hard drive in the server along with a weekly and a monthly backup meaning we always have three different backups available should anything go wrong.

Whilst this has worked well over the years we no longer feel it offers enough protection and we are pleased to announce that we’ve moved to a continuous data protection (CDP) service. CDP is a nearly continuous data protection system capable of providing multiple recovery points per day. This has numerous benefits over the old operation:

  • At any point in time the CDP will hold ten twelve-hourly backups, two weekly backups and two monthly backups making it simple to roll-back your website.
  • You’ll be able to restore files and data yourself from within your cPanel. Just look for the ‘R1Soft Restore Backups’ icon.
  • In the event of a catastrophic disk failure (of which we’ve experienced a handful over the years) we’ll be able to restore a whole server’s data to a new drive in around a couple of hours. Currently this process can take up to a day!
  • The CDP uses fewer system resources than the old backup system resulting in much less strain on your server.

The best thing about all of this is it won’t cost you a penny more. We believe strongly that although we provide budget hosting we don’t provide a budget service.

How Can I Ensure My Website Is Backed Up?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The prospect of your website suddenly disappearing from cyberspace is a horrid thought that plagues the mind of many webmasters. People spend hours of their lives designing and developing their online presence, meticulously working out how every page should look and writing reams of content to adorn these pages. Imagine if all that were just to disappear one day. How would you feel then?

You would be very annoyed. It would be absolute torture for anybody who had worked hard on something to see all of their work go up in smoke based on one little problem. The answer to getting peace of mind based on this kind of issue is to make backup copies of your website to be stored in various locations. This means that you needn’t worry if the online version of your site goes kaput as you can easily restore it in all its glory!

So, how do you backup the files for your website? If you use an online site management tool such as cPanel, then they should have a built in backup feature that creates a compressed file which, when extracted, provides all of the files from your website.

If you do not use one of these services, then you can obtain all of the files from your website using a properly configured FTP client, such as the one built into Adobe Dreamweaver or the freeware FTP Surfer. These all allow you to make copies of every file which runs your website.

Once you have the files on your computer, there is a huge number of other methods you could use to ensure that you have even more backup copies of your website. You can put the files on USB memory sticks, external hard drives and CD-ROMs, meaning that there are many layers of protection for your site, giving you a lot more piece of mind than if the files are only held in existence by the strength of a particular web server.

Of course, the issue here lies in the fact that your website is likely to update regularly and thus the backups have to be carried out very regularly in order to keep up with the rapidly changing content on your pages. The easiest way to get around this kerfuffle is to come up with a backup schedule. Perhaps more lengthy backups such as the one to CD-ROM should be weekly or even monthly affairs whereas buy levitra on line swift file transfer to external HDDs and memory sticks can be done daily.

Therefore, it is easy to keep your website backed up and thus there is very little room for complaint if a server issue happens to suck your website into the black hole of dead cyberspace. Huge numbers of easy backup solutions exist and the more you decide to use, the better it will be for you.

Great anguish can be avoided with a rigorous backup schedule as you never have to worry about losing all of your hard work. It just goes to show that there is no substitute for good old peace of mind.

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