[wp-hackers] WordPress Backup Sob Stories

Roy Schestowitz r at schestowitz.com
Mon Jul 18 16:20:04 GMT 2005

Quoting Jason Bainbridge:

> On 7/18/05, Lorelle VanFossen <lorelle at cameraontheroad.com> wrote:
>> As promised, WordPress Backup Sob Stories has been posted on the Forum
>> at http://wordpress.org/support/topic/39496
>> We need your whines, woes, suffering, and lessons learned from the
>> agonies of losing your data, WordPress or otherwise.  This will not only
>> help promote WordPress Backup Week, it will help others learn:
>> 1) How important it is to backup your data
>> 2) How to backup your data in WordPress
>> 3) Spread the news that WordPress Backups are easy to do
>> 4) Spread the news that WordPress is cool stuff
> Just out of curiosity where are all these people hosted that don't get
> nightly backups by their host anyway? Although redundancy is always a
> good thing wouldn't it have to be rare for the host provided backup to
> fail?
> It just seems hard to give this the proper spin that is all.

You are very much right Jason, but the situation will vary across 
hosts. Having
nightly backups means that at least twice as much space needs to be allocated
per account. If a host assigns a single server to 300 domains, duplication of
data requires a second server (or cheaper, more versatile storage unit) that
has the same capacity. Therefore, the expenses can easily double. Backups at
the host-side are extremely important if the client has a slow 
connection or is
unable to make back-ups remotely.

Lorelle, backing up the databases is one thing. Anybody whose host does not
mirror the home directory overnight is not worth doing business with. The
exception is when the user has a very high speed connection or can set up a
cron job to fetch back-ups at nighttime (if the connection speed is low).


Roy S. Schestowitz

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