HostGator Blog https://www.hostgator.com/blog Web Hosting and Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs Fri, 18 May 2018 16:30:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 HTTPS for WordPress: Why and How to Add It To Your Site https://www.hostgator.com/blog/https-wordpress-site/ https://www.hostgator.com/blog/https-wordpress-site/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:30:45 +0000 https://www.hostgator.com/blog/?p=18918 The post HTTPS for WordPress: Why and How to Add It To Your Site appeared first on HostGator Blog.

HTTPS for Your WordPress Site Switching your site over to HTTPS is important in a lot of ways. It’ll not only improve your search engine rankings, but it’ll encrypt any data that’s being transferred from your user’s browser to your server. Overall, you’ll improve your site’s security, trustworthiness, and make your website look good in […]

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HTTPS for Your WordPress Site

Switching your site over to HTTPS is important in a lot of ways. It’ll not only improve your search engine rankings, but it’ll encrypt any data that’s being transferred from your user’s browser to your server.

Overall, you’ll improve your site’s security, trustworthiness, and make your website look good in the eyes of Google.

Below we’ll look at why you’ll want to add HTTPS to your WordPress site and offer a series of steps to help simplify the process.

 

What is HTTPS?

You’ve probably heard of HTTPS, but you’re still not quite sure what it is. For starters, it’s readily visible on most larger websites. You’ll see that their URLs start with “https://“ instead of the standard “http://“. It also includes a small padlock next to the URL as well, which means the site is secure.

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HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure and utilizes an SSL certification to establish a secure connection between a user’s web browser and your server. Any information that gets exchanged over this connection is encrypted.

This data encryption makes it much more difficult for people to read, or translate, any of the information that might get intercepted over the connection.

 

How HTTPS Can Benefit Your WordPress Site

You aren’t required to move your site to HTTPS, but it does come with some benefits that might make switching a good idea.

  • Secures sensitive information. If your site handles credit card information or other potentially compromising information, then moving your site to HTTPS is a necessity.
  • Makes your site trustworthy. Moving to HTTPS will not only secure the transfer of information, but it will help make users feel safe and trust that your website is authentic, and you’re actually who you claim to be.
  • Improves your SEO. Having an SSL certificate is a Google ranking factor. It probably won’t give your rankings a huge push, but when it comes to SEO every bit helps.

It seems that HTTPS is going to be the future of the web. By moving to HTTPS sooner rather than later will help to establish you as the go-to authority in your space, instead of merely waiting and playing catch up.

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How to Move Your WordPress Site to HTTPS

Moving your current WordPress site to HTTPS is pretty straightforward. All you need is an SSL certificate, a host that supports SSL (like HostGator!), and a few plugins to help with URL migration. Below we outline the steps you need to take to move your site from HTTP to HTTPS.

 

1. Install Your SSL Certificate

The first thing you’ll need to make the switch to HTTPS is an SSL certificate. Your host may provide one for free with your hosting package, or you might be able to purchase or get a free SSL certificate through them.

If not, a solid choice is Let’s Encrypt. They’re one of the most popular SSL certificate providers. However, before you purchase an SSL certificate from a third-party source make sure that it’s supported by your host.

The process of installing the SSL certificate will depend upon your host, but if your host is using the standard cPanel, then you can install the certificate through your dashboard.

2. Move Your URLs to HTTPS

To complete the installation there are a few issues you’ll need to fix. Namely, you’ll need to migrate any internal URLs and links to HTTPS instead of HTTP.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to install a plugin called Really Simple SSL. This plugin will update the URL of your site within your site settings and it’ll add a 301 redirect from all the HTTP pages and media to the new HTTPS URL.

All you have to do is install and activate this plugin and it’ll get to work adjusting your site’s settings.

 

3. Verify Your Certificate is Active

With your certificate installed and the Really Simple SSL plugin active, it’s time to verify that everything you did actually worked.

To check your site open up your web browser and type in the HTTP version of your website. You should then see this redirect to the HTTPS version of your site. Your new URL should have a green padlock next to it and your URL will read “https://“.

Finally, the last thing you’ll want to do is update any offsite link to your new HTTPS URL. The redirect plugin above will take care of this for you. But, you’ll want to adjust any of the links that are in your direct control, such as your social media profiles.

 

Moving your site from HTTP to HTTPS can be very advantageous. Hopefully, the post above has helped you understand what HTTPS actually is, and how you can move your WordPress site to HTTPS. HostGator customers can add SSL certificates to their site here.

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How to Optimize Your Blog Posts for SEO Blogging for SEO is pretty much a no brainer. Publishing regular blog posts gives you opportunities to target a large number of long-tail keywords, keeps people on your website longer, and gives other websites something to link back to. Getting your blog up and producing content for […]

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How to Optimize Your Blog Posts for SEO

Blogging for SEO is pretty much a no brainer. Publishing regular blog posts gives you opportunities to target a large number of long-tail keywords, keeps people on your website longer, and gives other websites something to link back to.

Getting your blog up and producing content for it are both important steps, but you can make that work go much further for your SEO efforts by taking a few extra steps to optimize your blog posts for SEO.

While you should generally prioritize writing for your audience rather than search engines, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t useful steps you can take to make your posts go further with the search engines.

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1. Do Keyword Research.

Keyword research should be one of the first steps you take in developing a blog strategy for SEO because it helps you figure out the types of topics your audience is interested in. For each blog post you write, it’s smart to have a primary keyword or two in mind, along with a few similar or related secondary keywords.

You’ll want to use these in the post where relevant, but only when it makes natural sense to do so. Don’t ever try to force a keyword in where it doesn’t work –the search engines frown on keyword stuffing and you could be penalized. And with Google’s use of latent semantic indexing (LSI), it’s less important than it used to be to use exact keywords in lieu of synonyms or similar terms. But having those keywords in mind and using them as you write is still worth it, as long as you don’t go overboard.

A couple of useful tips for doing blogging keyword research:

  • Go for long-tail keywords – One or two-word phrases are often very competitive and hard to rank for, so relevant longer phrases or questions are more worth your time. As an example, targeting a broad keyword like “seo” in a blog post makes less sense than getting more specific, like “small business local seo.”
  • Think about voice search.  As more people use Siri and Alexa, optimizing your content for voice search becomes more important. And since voice search is a newer development in SEO that not all businesses are thinking about, it’s a good way to be competitive.

 

2. Check for Rich Results in the SERP.

Once you have your target keywords in mind, head to Google and do some searches for them. Many types of searches now include rich results on the search engine results page (SERP).

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If a search for your target keyword produces a featured snippet above the organic results, or if many of the organic results include images, video thumbnails, or other rich information, then you want to make sure you’re optimizing your content to compete for those things.

In some cases, that means adding schema markup to your webpage. In others, it means changing the way you structure your content to try to compete for the featured snippet.  Either way, you need to know what you’re competing for and against in order to create the right kind of content to be competitive.

 

3. Choose Your Post Title Well.

One of the main parts of the page the search engines pay attention to in trying to understand what the page is about is the title. That makes it an important opportunity for you to communicate your topic by using your primary target keyword.

Make sure you include it in a way that makes sense. If you shoehorn it in so that it’s confusing for your human readers, the lack of clicks you get will hurt your SEO chances more than use of the keyword will help them. But since your post will be covering the topic of your keyword, finding a natural way to include it shouldn’t be too difficult.

 

4. Include the Keyword in Your URL.

The page URL is another important place to include your target keyword. It’s another part of the page search engines look at to figure out how to understand what the page is and, as such, is an important ranking factor.

Always customize the URL before publishing. A blog post on how to find good winter boots should therefore have a URL like www.shoewebsite.com/blog/winter-boots.

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5. Optimize Your Headings.

You may be sensing a theme here. Your page headings are another part of the page that search engines give weight to in figuring out what your page is about. That means that, once again, you want to look for opportunities to (naturally) include your keywords in the page heading. That includes anything that has a <h1>, <h2>, or <h3> tag on the page.

Headings are often a good place for those secondary keywords you have in mind, since it probably won’t make sense to use your primary keyword in every heading on the page.

 

6. Use Your Image Text.

Another page element that search engines pay attention to is the text behind your images. The name of your image (e.g. keyword.jpg) and the alt text you can fill in are two more places you can include your primary keyword on the page.optimize alt tag to help blog posts rank

7. Use Relevant Internal Links.

Links are easily one of the most important ranking signals for the search engine algorithms. Getting other websites to link to yours is a challenge, but you have the power to do as much relevant internal linking on your own site as possible.

Each time you write a new post, think about any blog posts you’ve already published that are relevant to what you’re writing now. Wherever it makes sense to do so, add in those links and, if you can do so naturally, use anchor text that relates to your target keyword for the older post you’re linking to.

 

8. Write a Meta Description.

While meta descriptions don’t affect how your website ranks, they do influence what people see when they’re browsing their options on the search engine results page. If they’re trying to decide between a few links on the page, a strong description that uses the keywords they searched for (which show up in bold on the SERP) could make the difference in their choosing to click on yours.

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Google will display up to around 300 characters on the SERP in the description field, so figure out how to describe what’s on your page (using your target keyword) within a couple of lines here.

 

9. Link Your New Post to Old Posts.

For all the same reasons you look for opportunities to add old links from your blog to new posts, you should periodically review your old posts to look for opportunities to link to posts that were published later.

One way you can do this is by doing a search of your own site for the target keyword of each new post you create. When you find uses of that keyword or similar terms in your old posts, you can add in a link to the new.

 

10. Choose Tags and Categories Strategically.

Blogs allow you to create tags and categories that help you group related posts together. This is both a useful navigational aid for people browsing your blog and a tool you can use strategically for SEO. Every category or tag you use creates a new page that will include the name of the tag or category in the URL, along with a lot of relevant content and links on the page.

As with keyword stuffing, you don’t want to overdo it here and create tons of tags with similar keywords, but you should think carefully about which keywords and tags will be the most valuable to readers and for your SEO strategy.

Come up with a list of a few based on the most important keywords you want to rank for, but making sure they each represent different types of topics (e.g. don’t have categories for synonyms or slight variations on terms) and use them whenever they’re relevant to what you’ve written.

 

Optimize Every Blog Post for SEO

 

Your blog is one of your most important and powerful SEO tools. Every blog post you publish presents a number of opportunities to strengthen your website’s search authority. Don’t waste any opportunity you have to use your posts to their fullest SEO potential.

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Networking for Small Business: 4 Things You Need to Know https://www.hostgator.com/blog/networking-small-business/ https://www.hostgator.com/blog/networking-small-business/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 03:54:18 +0000 https://www.hostgator.com/blog/?p=19098 The post Networking for Small Business: 4 Things You Need to Know appeared first on HostGator Blog.

How to Network Like Your Small Business Depends On It Networking can be daunting for small business owners because it takes time, energy, and a certain amount of extroversion if you’re meeting people in person. But networking is essential for connecting with prospects and building a peer group to help you work through business decisions, […]

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How to Network Like Your Small Business Depends On It

Networking can be daunting for small business owners because it takes time, energy, and a certain amount of extroversion if you’re meeting people in person. But networking is essential for connecting with prospects and building a peer group to help you work through business decisions, learn about new trends in your field, and promote each other’s work.

Networking doesn’t have to be hard. If you know what you want to accomplish and how you work best, you can find a networking approach that works for you.

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1. Know Your Networking Goals

Small business owners are sometimes disappointed with their networking efforts because they lump networking and marketing together. Networking may lead to sales eventually, but expecting any particular networking event to generate new business is like expecting to get married at the end of a coffee date. (Sales expert Jill Konrath describes a similar problem with rushed sales pitches.)

What are some realistic networking goals?

 

Goal #1: Get on their Radar

Letting people know what you do is step one in networking. You can let people know what you’re doing without being too promotional, and you can introduce yourself to prospects without trying to make a sale. Your URL is enough to let people check out your business and learn more at this stage.

 

Goal #2: Learn More About Your Industry

Networking with other business owners is a great way to find out what works, what doesn’t, and what’s the next big thing in your niche or region. This should be an ongoing part of your networking.

 

Goal #3: Build Relationships

This is the big goal. Whether you’re building relationships with prospective and current customers, getting to know vendors, checking in with your peers, or touching base with people in media, the real aim of networking is to build connections to people who share some of the same professional interests and goals so you can help one another succeed.

 

2. Know Your Networking Style

Does meeting new people give you a boost of energy? Congratulations, extrovert! You’re an ideal candidate for in-person networking.

Do you feel drained after a big meeting or crowded event? Welcome, introvert! You’ll probably excel at networking online.

These are generalizations, of course, and you don’t need to stick to only one approach. When you’re new to networking, though, it’s easier to start if you’re comfortable. You can always branch out later as your skills and confidence grow. Here are some of your options.

 

Digital Networking

Online networking opportunities may be the best thing about social media. Industry groups on Facebook and LinkedIn give you access to people in your industry, and local business groups on Facebook can help you keep up with events you may want to attend in person.

You can also set up your own groups on these platforms or on Skype or Slack to keep in touch with your colleagues and bounce ideas off each other. If you follow industry leads and experts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, comments and replies can be a great place to connect with others in your field. Make sure that your social profiles include a link to your website for people who want to learn more.

 

Local In-Person Groups and Events

From general groups like chambers of commerce to specific niche groups for different professions, there’s probably at least one local group near you where you can do some local networking. If you live in a mid-size or larger city, there may even be neighborhood-level groups that host business networking events. Even if you’re not ready to mingle in person, sign up for their emails to get a sense of how active they are and who participates.

 

Regional and National Conferences

TED events. SXSW. CES. There’s no shortage of conferences and industry trade shows you could attend. Before you invest in conference admission and travel expenses, research your options to make sure you’ll have the opportunity to make connections in line with your goals. Conferences also have email lists, social media channels, and webinars you can sign up for to find people to connect with throughout the year.

 

3. Know Your Networking Budget

Once you’ve found options that feel comfortable and fit your goals, focus on the ones that fit your budget and schedule.

If you’re an an extrovert with a new digital business to launch, trade shows and big events like SXSW could be well worth the investment of several days and a few thousand dollars in registration, travel, and lodging costs.

If attending a big conference isn’t doable, present your gregarious self to local groups and to media outlets as an expert they can contact for quotes and interviews on topics in your field. HARO is a great way to connect with reporters.

My fellow introverts may be thinking we’ve got the sweetest deal because most of our preferred networking options are so inexpensive: a LinkedIn Premium membership, local business group dues, and national professional groups.

There are some pricier introvert-friendly networking options that can pay off, too. Paid mastermind groups give a small group of working professionals access to knowledge and feedback from an industry expert. A good mastermind group can help you step up your game and build close connections to people in your business—and you can stay connected long after the program is done to talk about rates, contracts, and business trends.

 

4. Know Your Networking Etiquette

Once you’ve figured out your best networking methods, growing and maintaining a healthy professional network is relatively easy. Offer a good product or service and treat your connections the way you’d like them to treat you.

 

Please and Thank You Go a Long Way

Respect your connections’ time when you make a request or issue an invitation, and don’t take it personally if they’re too busy to engage. Always thank people who share their expertise, offer their advice, or send you referrals.

Be the Connection You Want to See

When you have information you think your connections can use, share it with them. Do you have a client project you need to hand off? Refer it to someone in your network. Did one of your peers earn an award? Give them a shout out on social media. When you get a boost from someone in your network, give them credit for the assist.

 

Bring Something to Share

At in-person networking events, bring something to hand out as you connect with people. It can be as simple as your business card or as fancy as samples from your bake shop or boutique. Make sure it’s branded so people will remember where they got that bonbon or handmade soap.

 

When you set realistic goals, choose methods you like, and treat your connections well, you’re on the way to building a professional network that’s worth the effort.

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Inspirational Quotes about Blogging, Websites, and Online Entrepreneurship https://www.hostgator.com/blog/inspirational-quotes-blogging-online-entrepreneur/ https://www.hostgator.com/blog/inspirational-quotes-blogging-online-entrepreneur/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 03:53:55 +0000 https://www.hostgator.com/blog/?p=18222 The post Inspirational Quotes about Blogging, Websites, and Online Entrepreneurship appeared first on HostGator Blog.

Inspirational Quotes for Bloggers and Online Entrepreneurs “The right quote can inspire people to change their ways.” – Zig Ziglar Whether you’re starting your own blog, a new website, or an online store, there are going to be some rough patches, and at times it can be hard to stay motivated. Prevent writer’s block. Stop […]

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Inspirational Quotes for Bloggers and Online Entrepreneurs

“The right quote can inspire people to change their ways.” – Zig Ziglar

Whether you’re starting your own blog, a new website, or an online store, there are going to be some rough patches, and at times it can be hard to stay motivated.

Prevent writer’s block. Stop spinning your wheels. And get going!

Kick your motivation into high gear with some of our favorite quotes for bloggers, entrepreneurs, and online store owners.

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Inspirational Quotes for Bloggers

  • “Write what you know.” – Mark Twain
  • “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  • “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill
  • “Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in business at all times.” – John Gerzema
  • “These days, people want to learn before they buy, be educated instead of pitched.” – Brian Clark
  • “An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.” – Seth Godin
  • “The paradox is the more info you give away, the more people will buy what you have to give.” – Brian Clark
  • “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville
  • “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  • “If you can learn something new every day, you can teach something new every day.” – Martha Stewart
  • “Content is king, but distribution is queen and she wears the pants.” – Jonathan Perelman
  • “Content is anything that adds value to the reader’s life.” – Avinash Kaughik
  • “Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” – Brian Clark
  • “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” – Larry L. King
  • “When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant.” – Dan Schawbel
  • “If people like you they will listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Content: there is no easy button.” – Scott Abel
  • “Create content that teaches. You can’t give up. You need to be consistently awesome.” – Neil Patel
  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Inspirational Quotes for Online Entrepreneurs

  • “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours per week.” – Lori Greiner
  • “If you’re looking for the next best thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.” – Mark Cuban
  • “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  • “Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” – Steve Jobs
  • “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
  • “The challenge with being an initiator of projects is that you are never, ever done.” – Seth Godin
  • “Any idea is only as valuable as its ability to solve a problem.” – Sally Hogshead
  • “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” – Jeff Bezos
  • “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  • “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” – Dennis Waitley
  • “Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford
  • “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” – Robert L. Schwartz
  • “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” – Seth Godin
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
  • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos
  • “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki
  • “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is.” – Scott Cook
  • “No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.” – Andrew Carnegie
  • “Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising.” – Milton Hershey
  • “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.” – Elon Musk
  • “The reason it seems that price is all your customers care about is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about.” – Seth Godin
  • “You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.” – Jack Ma
  • “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker
  • “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins
  • “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

Inspirational Quotes for E-Commerce Site Owners

  • “Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  • “You can’t wait for customers to come to you. You have to figure out where they are, go there and drag them back to your store.” – Paul Graham
  • “E-commerce leaders will have to keep with these changes (and others) to survive and stay ahead.” – Linda Bustos
  • “Learn as many mistakes about what not to do while your business or product is small” – Daymond John
  • “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why do you it.” – Simon Sinek
  • “In e-commerce, your prices have to be better because the consumer has to take a leap of faith in your product.” – Ashton Kutcher
  • “Don’t obsess over data as a tool, obsess about the future.” – Jeff Beaver
  • “You can have an assertive culture without trampling people’s sprits.” – Jill Layfield
  • “Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community.” – Meg Whitman
  • “Customer service shouldn’t be just a department; it should be the entire company.” – Tony Hsieh
  • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos
  • “Stop selling, start helping.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Overall the web is pretty sloppy, but an online store can’t afford to be.” – Paul Graham
  • “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  • “The reason it seems that price is all your customer’s care about is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about.” – Seth Godin
  • “Amazing things will happen when you listen to the consumer.” – Jonathan Mildenhall

 

Hopefully, the quotes above will bring you an added dose of inspiration for your new online venture. Any quotes we didn’t mention above? Share your favorites in the comments below.

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7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins https://www.hostgator.com/blog/wordpress-backup-plugins/ https://www.hostgator.com/blog/wordpress-backup-plugins/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 03:53:47 +0000 https://www.hostgator.com/blog/?p=18927 The post 7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins appeared first on HostGator Blog.

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Best WordPress Backup Plugins

Chances are you’ve spent a lot of time building and tweaking your website, from theme customizations to setting up plugins, creating pages, writing posts, and adding images. What would happen to you if all this data were lost?

Would you have a backup to restore from? Or, would you have to do it all over—from scratch?

There are plenty of reasons your site can fail, but instead of going into every case of doom, it’s better to be prepared if it ever does happen.

If you run a WordPress site, then one of the best things you can do is utilize a WordPress backup plugin. Below we highlight why you’ll want to use a WordPress backup plugin, and offer a handful of plugins to choose from.

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Why Would I Use a WordPress Backup Plugin?

Most hosts offer their own backup services (HostGator customers can sign up for CodeGuard here), and although you should take advantage of these, you may want to supplement these backups with backups of your own. A WordPress backup plugin will simplify the backup process so you don’t have to think about it, but there’s always a version of your site you can restore from if need be.

Think of a WordPress backup plugin like an insurance policy for your website. You’ll still want to protect your site from hackers, but you’re covered if something happens.

 

7 WordPress Backup Plugins to Consider

There are dozens of different WordPress backup plugins for you to consider. To simplify your search we’ve highlighted seven of our favorites below.

 

1. VaultPress

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VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress. It’s now part of JetPack, and will automatically backup your entire site, media, posts, comments, and dashboard settings included.

In order to use this plugin, you’ll need a subscription to Jetpack. The higher level plans can get expensive, but the features and ease of use might make that cost worthwhile.

Also included are things like one-click site restore, customer support, backup storage, and malware and virus scans.

 

2. BackupBuddy

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BackupBuddy is a very popular and long-running WordPress backup plugin. You can schedule your backups to run on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Plus, you can have those backups automatically go to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, or even have it emailed to yourself.

This plugin is a premium plugin, but you only pay on a yearly basis and you get access to plugin updates, user forums, and even 1GB of backup space.

 

3. BackWPup

backwpup

BackWPup is a very popular and free backup plugin. Its popularity probably comes from how easy this tool is to setup and use. With this plugin, you can create a complete WordPress site backup and have that backup sent to cloud storage, or download it directly to your computer.

Plus, restoring your site from a backup is very straightforward with their built-in restoration wizard.

There’s also a paid version of this plugin that offers you additional features like site scans and database repair and optimization, and more.

 

4. Duplicator

duplicator wordpress plugin

Duplicator is primarily a site migration and cloning tool, but it can also be used to backup your site as well. The free version of the plugin allows you to manually backup your entire site. Now, the free version isn’t automated, but for sites that don’t change very often, it can be a solid solution.

There is a paid version of the plugin, which includes scheduled backups that you can send to cloud storage providers like Amazon S3, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

 

5. UpdraftPlus

updraftplus

UpdraftPlus is a popular and free WordPress plugin. With this plugin, you can create a complete backup of your site to store on your own computer, or via cloud storage, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Rackspace, and more. You have the ability to created scheduled backups, or even on-demand backups with this plugin.

There’s also a premium version of the plugin, which will offer you additional features like migrating or cloning a site, support for multiple sites, premium-level support, and much more.

 

6. BackUpWordPress

backupwordpress plugin

BackUpWordpress is another very popular and free backup plugin. This plugin allows you to schedule automatic backups, so you don’t have to remember to backup your site. It’ll backup your entire site, including all of your site’s file and databases.

However, in order to send your backups to a cloud storage provider, you’ll need to purchase an extension.

 

7. Backup & Restore Dropbox

backup restore dropbox wordpress plugin

Like the name suggests Backup & Restore Dropbox will backup your WordPress site and send that backup to Dropbox. If you currently use Dropbox as your preferred cloud storage provider, then this is a great option.

All of the backups are fully automated; all you have to do is authorize the connection to your Dropbox account.

By using a WordPress backup plugin you’re safeguarding your site in case your data is lost, or you need to restore your site to a previous version. It’s always a good idea to have multiple fail-safes in place, from host backups to additional backups from a WordPress plugin.

 

Back Up Your WordPress Site

Any of the plugins above will be a great option to provide you with consistent, high-quality backups. For added security and peace of mind, make sure you sign up for a backup service through your web host. HostGator customers can schedule daily site backups through CodeGuard.

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