These days, a lot of people maintain a website, may it be for business or personal use. Regardless of its purpose, it offers comfort to the owner to know that this has been archived to better prepare for any mishaps. However, creating a backup can be more challenging than you think it is. After all, not all web hosting companies offer similar policies in backing up websites. In fact, others will pass the burden to you by printing in small prints that the duty to backup site is the sole responsibility of site owners. And because this process is very crucial, you have to review it before you commit to a certain service provider.
It can be very daunting to lose all the valuable information on your site simply because it has been hacked. Some companies may offer backups but only do this on a nightly basis. This means you may not be able to retrieve the complete file. The time and effort you have invested to your site’s content is gone forever!
Here are some simple ways to look for the archived information in case your service provider can’t provide them for you:
- Using Google Website
Look for cached links to your site. This can be found on the right side of your URL in Google’s search page.
The information that will be provided will be the last data that Google has found when it last crawled to your site. If you are lucky enough, it may contain the information of your site before it has been hacked.
- Using a Way Back Machine
This is a site where all you need is to enter your website’s address and you will be redirected to a page with a timeline. All you need is to click the date encircled in blue and you will find the snapshots and information they have taken from your site during that day.
An old adage says; “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Before anything happens, you need to take all measures to prevent it. If you maintain a site, make sure that your important files have at least 3 copies saved and see to it that you create 2 formats stored in different storages. An offsite backup may even be important so you can still have the file in case of earthquake, fire or flood. If you have done everything to keep your files safe, you will not be worried in case your site crashes or it gets hacked. After all, you wouldn’t want someone else enjoying the fruit of all your labors.
Remember, it takes more than an SEO Expert to maintain a site. Though it is essential to keep your site attractive with easy navigation features, it is of utmost important to backup all your files as well. An emergency crash is something that can never be anticipated. And the least that you can do is to prepare before this will happen to you. Besides, it can be very frustrating to start your work all over again simply because you failed to do this very important part.