Over the past few years, WordPress has evolved from much more than just a blogging platform. While WordPress remains a popular out-of-the-box solution for bloggers, it is widely used as a customisable CMS for business websites, because it allows individuals to regularly update content and manage their site’s functionality.
However, as WordPress is a database-driven application, there are risks associated with the sensitive information stored in the website’s backend. Should the data within this administration panel get into the wrong hands, there are multiple implications, which is why it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure maximum security.
Aside from the security precautions that can be retrofitted to a default WordPress install to enhance security (some of which will be covered below), data needs to be backed up regularly in the event of a security breach. While many web hosts offer data protection with their business hosting, it is still important to regularly backup your WordPress databases to a safe location.
Out of the many WordPress database plugins available, WP-DB-Backup is one of the most reliable and secure in terms of setting up regular database backups. WP-DB-Backup works to solve two backup issues: firstly, the ability to backup as and when required (either via a zipped file download, or straight to email); secondly, the ability to schedule backups at regular intervals, including hourly, daily, and weekly.
In order to use WP-DB-Backup, you need to download the plugin and install it via your WordPress admin area.
Once you have downloaded and installed the plugin, you will find a “Backup” option under “Tools” in the WordPress Dashboard. The scheduled backup section can be found in the bottom half of the page. To configure this plugin, you need to do the following:
Once you have completed the steps outlined above, simply click the “Schedule Backup” button. The plugin will automatically begin to create a backup of your WordPress database based on your chosen settings.
These regular backups will provide you with external copies of your data in the event of data loss or corruption. Combined with the data protection and backups provided by your web host, WP-DB-Backup helps ensure you will have always have a recent copy of your WordPress site.
While regular backups are an imperative aspect of securing your website, you can further protect your WordPress site by doing the following:
The above was a guest post by small business IT support specialist axon IT. Along with keeping your online data secured, all of your offline business data (including files, emails and invoices) can be automatically secured with a managed offsite data back-up solution.