Does Your Hosting Company Offer a Back-up Service?

Anyone who has lost their website data can appreciate having a host that provides a back-up service. Before selecting a hosting company, it is a good idea to make sure that they do provide a back-up to protect you in case of a disaster.

It can be very easy to lose your data, much easier than many people think. All it can take is one improperly installed program and your entire site can vanish in the blink of an eye. This is especially true if you have a database on your server and you are concerned about losing this data. Many companies store customer information in their databases and they can end up losing year’s worth of customer information with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Having an automatic back-up of your site can provide you with peace of mind and an alternative if you forget to back-up your site on your own. You can never have too many copies of your data running around to prevent catastrophe from striking.

Most hosts offer at least a monthly back-up, which is usually sufficient for a small, personal or informational website. If you don’t plan to update your content on a regular basis, a monthly back-up will be sufficient to protect your data. You may need to update some files, but for the most part, you should be perfectly covered.

A good rule of thumb to follow while making sure your back-ups are current is to have the same schedule for your updates as your back-ups. For example, if you update your site once a week, you will need to find a host that offers weekly back-ups of your server. This will help you have the most current information and cut down on any restoral you may need to do.

If you update your site everyday, or if your applications collect new customer data every day, you should try to find a hosting company that provides daily back-ups. This can come in handy for a company that can’t afford to lose track of customer transactions.

Once you are certain that the host provides the amount of back-up protection you need, you will need to make sure that you can easily access this back-up if something should happen to your site. Ask your hosting company if the data will be loaded onto your server, or if it is kept in a different location. You may need to be able to restore this data quickly, so it is important to know ahead of time where it will be located.

Even if your hosting company does provide a back-up, you will need to make sure that you have current copies of all of your information, just to be on the safe side. This may require a great deal of disk space on your hard drive, so you may need to transfer this data to a back-up media, such as a Zip disk or a CDR.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:02 PM

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