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- Why is backing up a website so important?
September 1, 2006, 8:16 am
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First, of course backing up is important. But why is it so important
that the HOST is backing it up, especially if, like pmlonline, you're
planning on taking your business elsewhere?
Well, it's a lot easier for the host to restore your site if their
server dies (not to mention the amount of bandwith to reupload the
site), but that's doesn't seem to be the issue with the pmlonline
thread. Maybe I'm missing something.
Now, I edit my site locally, then publish it to my webhost. They do
back up my site, but even if they vanished without a trace tomorrow,
it'd be 'no worries' 'cause my entire site's sitting here on my hard
drive, and a slightly older copy is on a DVD.
Is it SOP these days to edit directly on the server? That seems to me
to be a dangerous practice, especially for those who code manually.
What if you made a mistake on your homepage that completely hoses it?
Or any other page for that matter? Or any of a dozen disasters I can
imagine happening when editing a live site?
I'm not truly a professional webmaster, though I do get paid for it.
Both at home and at work, I've done it this way since about 1996: Build
the site on my PC (or a work network drive), and publish it live only
when everything's how I want it to be.
Am I missing something?