Some people are lucky enough to get their online business running with good income stream. So that using such good WordPress hosting service like WPEngine or something cheaper but good like Namecheap is no problem at all.
But for some starter like me myself who did not start things right way because my limited access to use those hosting services. Chance to plant your blog to a worse hosting provider which just say “Sorry Sir we have nothing to do about your script, we don’t know anything WordPress, Sir” could be happened, just like what I’ve faced.
PS: I am a villager, shame on me that I don’t even have a bank account when I start host my blogs 😛
So, you may ask ‘If that happened what should I do Kamti? I don’t wanna lose all my great post from several years ago?’
I will answer you with brilliant solutions after thinking the way The Mechanic does 😆 You’d better to do this every two weeks, or four weeks at the longest period.
1. Watch your Uploads Folder
Restoring your posts, comments and design (this would be the next point) is much easier than restoring your assets. All images you upload to your blog is more likely intact if troubles only caused by database error or server configuration which is not suit latest WordPress release.
But if that happened, could be mistakenly deleted, you never want to imagine how to make your great image-less posts back again. You can’t remember or even reproduce every images attached to a single post from the last year right?
If you are new adopter of cloud computing, you can also set cPanel to send the back up automatically to your Google Drive od SkyDrive folder. To make you do it easier there also plugins like Google Drive for WordPress, WordPress Backup to Dropbox and BackWPup.
2. Backup Your WordPress Database Regularly
I said restoring the posts and comments is easier, because based on my experience, trouble more likely from server error, not the database. Hacker attack is another possibilities where your database will be broken.
All things are in the database, if you have a copy of the database and asset files uploaded before, you’re OK to re-install your blog or even move your hosting. All you need to have is another copy of your wp-config.php, in case you forget the database parameter, but you already delete that file from your WordPress root folder.
3. Using WordPress Export tool
If you think that logging in into your hosting Control Panel is something to complicated, you can use this handy tool to back up your post. This tool offering complete solution, you can decide what kind of content you want to back up, post only, post from the last month or even post by certain user.
It is also cool to leave your comment without backup when you use some commenting system like Disqus or Intensedebate, they have your comment backup already.
4. Using your Email Address/Reader Apps
You just need to make sure you get the copy of your posts by subscribing to your own email. I also use Google Reader to get that update. This method at least will give you a chance to restore your post content. No image attachment or even comment. It is better, rather than nothing you could do to get your great post back.
Wise Up To Choose Best Hosting for WordPress
Well, choosing the right hosting for WordPress is the best solution, prevent the problem from where you want to start it rather than wasting your time to fix the problem while all you need to do is business.
You can try to use WP Engine starting from $29/mo, because the most important thing you should have to make sure your business running smoothly is never let your site fell asleep 😛 Alternatively, Liquid Web with the standard hosting plan also good for you, it only cost you $14.95/month.