Why do you need a backup?
If you are a blogger or a site owner who has invested enough time and resource to get things going, then you know how important it is to back up your content on a regular basis. This ensures that you don’t lose much or any of your data if you are hacked or compromised in any way.
There are different methods you can use to achieve this. If you are looking for the cheap route, you can back up your files and database manually. That approach however, compared to the next method on my list, limits you in many ways as you will learn below.
A more viable solution is to systemize your back up to a reputable third party plug-in or service. If you choose to go this route, you must be willing to invest in quality. When choosing a backup solution, this is not the time to be frugal or scrimpy. Make sure your backup option is as reliable as it is effective.
There are loads of backup solutions in the market, and I will let you know why I recommend a personal favorite and also breakdown what it can do for you. I will then give you a side by side comparison with other options in the market to help you make a verdict.
CodeGuard is an easy to set-up, authorized back up and monitor solution which can act as your lifetime archive for all your backup, monitoring and restoration needs.
As you will learn during the earliest weeks of use, CodeGuard is not only easy to use, it has excellent service, and this is one of the major aspects you should consider when choosing a backup option.
So what can CodeGuard do for you?
For starters, CodeGuard is rightfully regarded as the world’s number one website backup and service provider and for good reasons.
It is a powerful server with the ability to track all the changes made on your site and make it not only possible, but easy to restore at any time.
CodeGuard offers a thorough monitoring process that sends a prompt notification every time your site undergoes the slightest of changes.
The reason why this is important is because it allows you to manage changes that can otherwise be made by an unauthorized or unwanted user or happen to be potential malware threats.
With CodeGuard, you are getting a fast and reliable time machine for your website which has the ability to track all the changes you make on a daily basis.
How does it work?
Your service begins when you connect your website to CodeGuard via your SFTP/FTP/MySQL details, where you will get an initial back up and get a real time update on current progress.
It makes the user’s work easier as it is more of a ‘set and forget’ solution of backup for any ongoing project or client’s site.
Similar back up services on the market
Although it would be impossible to list and compare all the backup solutions on the web, I have chosen two of the ones I have actually used or reviewed.
Just like CodeGuard, VaultPress offers a real time back up and monitors any changes made on your site.
Only difference being that that they only offer back up on their own servers on top of being one of the most expensive back up providers. Offering their basic package at a high $15 per month, you would see why somebody would consider a more competitive price elsewhere. For the extra fee, they include an automated restore system for emergencies and a comprehensive human support on standby.
Our first suitable match comes with BlogVault as they charge an affordable $9 for every site backup. These guys also allow you to test the restore option for your website. This allows you to double check how well it functions. They also allow a 30-day trial to test whether you think they are right for your site.
Just like CodeGuard, you will enjoy automatic daily backups and the only difference with these two is that CodeGuard offers the same services if only at a cheaper price.
Of course, there are various free services out there you can work with but beware there are often untrustworthy and require the user to back up their changes manually.
With time, after trial and errors, I have found CodeGuard to be the more suitable option of the three based on a service vs service analysis.
The price is also very competitive and considering the quality of their services, its little surprise to see them emerge as the pick on this list.