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5 reasons why you need to backup your builds

What would you do if you lost all your data and assets? Simon Yeoman of Fasthosts has the answers


Have you ever spent hours working on a project and then accidentally deleted it and found that your data is irretrievable?

No-one wants to experience that sinking feeling, so it’s important as web designers and IT professionals to educate clients about the importance of data handling and backup to save them from that agonising moment.

So today, in celebration of World Backup Day, we’ve selected Five Top Tips to help you with backup best practice so that neither you nor your clients have to worry about lost data again.

1. What should you Backup?

First you need to define what it is that you need to back-up. Normally, anything that you wouldn’t be able to save following a reboot would fall into this category including documents, content from the web, databases, pictures and configurations, to name just a few.

2. Save time with Automatic Backup

Make it easy for yourself. Choose a provider that allows unlimited automatic backups of your files so that after the initial set up, it’s easier to concentrate on day to day tasks, without having to remember to backup up individual files. After your first backup, you’ll benefit from each following upload being much smaller. Remember once a month it’s a good idea to test the output of your backup and make sure that all the data is readable and complete.

3. Invest in secure Backup

The two biggest concerns with backup are infrastructure issues and hacking. The first is easy to counter – if you backup to the Cloud you don’t have to maintain the infrastructure yourself, so someone else will take care of this for you, freeing you and your clients up to concentrate on what you do best. The topic of hacking is a common worry but providers have become really efficient at compressing and encoding files with the latest encryption methods to keep your data safe online.

4. Choose Cloud based Backup

Basing your backup in the Cloud, you can quickly and easily restore individual or multiple files from any location with just one basic requirement- an internet connection. Using the Cloud you’ll have access to unlimited copies of your files and will be able to restore from any point in time, even adding extra space as and when you need to. Another great benefit of the Cloud is that if your device gets damaged all you need to do is download the software again onto a new machine and you can pick up where you stopped.

5. Protect all the devices you use

Modern technology has heralded the age of remote working. People don’t just use one computer or even one server, files are routinely passed from one user to another and data is stored in a variety of ways. It’s really important to make sure that all these devices are protected so your data or your client’s data doesn’t fall through the gap- some providers will even offer this free of charge.
According to research from The London Chamber of Commerce ,90 per cent of UK businesses that lose data from a disaster do shut down within 2 years of the disaster , showing how important it is to backup mission critical information and not take risks with data. Will you show your support and take some time today to backup your data and take the World Backup Day pledge?