Should you back up your website, computer and phone?

I honestly used to have a poster in my bedroom as a teen that listed a reason to celebrate every day. This list was composed of things like National Ice Cream Day (July 21), National Take A Hike Day (Nov. 17) and National Bobblehead Day (Jan. 7). I would often go to school and inform my friends of the reason to celebrate that day.

Years in to my adulthood and business, I don’t usually share too many of these awareness/celebratory days with my friends or clients. But this week, I was told June is “Backup Awareness Month.” I can totally get on board with this awareness month. Not just on board, but maybe even passionate enough to share it out on my blog. Because backing up your computer, website, and phone really are important if you don’t lose your data.

I probably don’t need to tell you the advantages of backing up your data. I’m continuously surprised by the statistics showing how few people backup their data and how many people lose data each year. Click here for some of those stats. It’s like flossing, right? You know you really SHOULD do it, it’s just not something you do… Why not?

I’m guessing you don’t backup for one of two reasons: (1) You don’t know what tools to use or (2) You think those tools are expensive and difficult to use. I hope to help with some of my favorite tools in this article. And I’ll try to prove it’s not too expensive either.

Tools I use for backup

My Computer Backup

I have my computer set to automatically backup its data every night to Backblaze, a cloud backup service. There are A LOT of tools out there that will back up your computer. I just landed on this one because it’s intuitive, automatic, and pretty affordable.

Pricing: Costs is $99 per computer per year. Enjoy a 20% discount on Computer Backup with the code BAM2024 at checkout.

Ease of use: I love good documentation that walks me through every step of setting something up. Backblaze provides that here.

My Website Backups

Keeping a good backup of your website can save you LOTS of headaches. Did a plugin update go bad? Did malware find its way into your website? Did your 6 year old accidentally delete 7 pages while playing with your iPad? Just revert to a backup and you’re good to go.

My two favorite hosts are Siteground and WP Engine, both of which provide automated nightly backups of hosted websites.

Pricing: Hosting fees depend on the features you need, but backups are always included at no extra fee with both hosts.

Ease of use: These hosts make backups automatic, so it doesn’t get easier than that. Restoring data is easy too.

For websites that aren’t on one of my favorite hosts, I also use Manage WP, a WordPress website management system that includes backup services.

My Phone Backup

Although it’s more personal than business, my phone also contains a lot of data that I really don’t want to lose. How sad would it be to lose all your friends’ phone numbers? (Admit it, we just don’t memorize many phone numbers anymore.) How many irreplaceable photos are only stored on your cell phone? Wouldn’t it be a pain to start over and have to remember all your apps and logins? iPhone users have a great tool with Apple’s iCloud service. I’ve been an iPhone user for so long I’m not too familiar with other devices anymore, but I do see there’s a Google Drive option for Android devices.

Pricing: I just upgraded my iCloud to the $3.20 per month plan (including tax). This covers 200 GB of storage for not only my iPhone, but my iPad as well. My hubby is on the $1.06 a month plan with 50 GB of storage. Costs go up as storage space increases. 

Ease of Use: Again, I love good documentation to help me set things up. And once it’s connected, backups are automatic, so you don’t have to remember to do anything. Bonus: iCloud makes it easy to transfer all your data to a new iPhone when the time comes.

Everybody Backup

We had a pretty unreliable shared server when I was a newspaper editor (see this site for more on that). For a few months there, the server crashed multiple times per day. If you were working on something and the server went down, you’d lose all your work. It became habit every so often in our cubicle-land for someone to shout out “everybody save.” At this time, we hoped all of us would save our work and be less frustrated when the next server crash occurred.

So here’s your shout out: “Everybody Backup!” Maybe you’ll thank me someday.