Hands up how many of you actually backup your websites or online business?
Be honest now, when was the last time you took a backup? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Have you ever taken a backup of your online business empire?
I took backups every day, in fact sometimes 3 times a day because I knew how important it was to have a backup so I could recover my business if the worst happen.
The problem was there was one thing I didn’t do and this is the vital thing I bet you have forgotten about as well.
I never tested my backups.
I relied on the fact I was opening a piece of software, clicking the “backup database” icon and then downloading a file. I had taken it as this meant I could restore my database should anything happen to it.
How wrong was I?
You may have noticed last week a small glitch in MasterResellRights.com … unfortunately my database was corrupted by the webhost and I thought it would be easy to restore it from one of my many backups.
The trouble is, when I went in to my software and restored the database it said “backup corrupted”.
Of course, I had an immediate panic attack because I knew this was a problem; a serious problem. I tried another backup and had exactly the same result.
My heart sunk as I realised that my online business was dead. Every single backup I tried was corrupted and I had no way of getting my business back.
I contacted my webhost, asking them to restore from a backup but found out that because I used a dedicated server they didn’t take backups for me! (They do now and it costs me extra every month but it is well worth every penny for the peace of mind.)
There was nothing I could do and I was preparing to shut down my online business and start looking for a job when I decided to contact a programmer and see if they could fix it. They confirmed the backups were corrupted and would not work, but after an hour or two she worked out how they were corrupted and how to fix the corruption so the data could be restored.
Fortunately her solution has worked and I am incredibly fortunate to have found a programmer who was able to help me. The downside is that I have lost the last 2 to 3 weeks of data, meaning customers have had their accounts removed due to the corruption, but that is better than losing everything. It cost me a few hundred bucks in programming time but at least it didn’t cost me my business and livelihood.
I’ve now implemented more reliable backup methods that happen automatically and email me the results so I can keep a close eye on them.
But are you backing up your online business and are you testing those backups to ensure they work and you can restore from them?
Do you even know how to restore the backup you are taking?
Your online business is vital, it could be your sole source of income or your dreams for the future. Whichever it is, you need to make sure that your data is safe and that if your webhost gets flooded, hit by a tornado or loses your websites for some reason that you can recover your online business.
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