Just hearing the word ‘backup’ is enough to send shivers down the spines of any website owner.
From complicated databases to tedious manual processes, backing up precious content can be a daunting task, not to mention time-consuming.
That was, until, the introduction of modern plugins such as Woocommerce, which now make backing up data a breeze.
Whether you’re new to Woocommerce, or a seasoned user and want to learn how to create and manage backups, you’re in the right place.
In this guide, not only are we going to be showing you how to easily backup your Woocommerce database so that you don’t lose anything important, but we’ll also be showing you how to create new backups in the event of an emergency.
Ready? Let’s jump straight in.
Why Are Backups Important For WooCommerce?
If you’ve ever tried to update your Woocommerce, then we’re sure that you’ve likely been hit by a big red banner stating that you need to make a ‘full site backup.’
The purpose of this is so that you will be able to create a copy of data that will be able to be easily recovered in the event of the loss of your main data.
Main data failures/losses can be caused by a number of different things, although the most common reasons for them are data corruption, accidental deletion, software failure, hardware failure, and even sometimes from a malicious attack (such as human-implemented malware).
It’s not all doom and gloom, though!
Thanks to preventative measures such as system backups, it means that any lost data will be restored from a certain point, which will help businesses and website owners recover in the event of a primary data failure.
In other words, it will stop you from having to start from scratch.
Regardless of website or platform, one of the main downsides to backups is that they often tend to be carried out periodically, which means that there runs a risk of important data being lost in-between the backups.
However, when it comes to platforms such as WooCommerce, the good thing about their backup copies is that they are made on a much more consistent and regular basis.
Thanks to that, you can have peace of mind that there will be a lower chance of losing any data in-between backups.
There is a catch, though. In order to make sure that your WooCommerce database is being regularly backed up, you’ll first need to make sure that you have a backup tool installed on your WooCommerce site that will enable backups to be made.
If you don’t, you’re going to be running the risk of data loss, stress, and potentially a loss in sales - which brings us onto our next section!
How to back up your Woocommerce Database:
Though there are many different tools available for you to choose from, one of the best is Jetpack, which is a backup plugin specifically optimized for backing up your database. Let’s take a look at what it offers:
Jetpack Main Features:
- External storage - Unlike other backup plugins/tools, Jetpack offers the ability to be able to store a copy of your precious data in a separate place from your store. This means that if in the unlikely event something happens to your server and you lose the entirety of your on-site data, Jetpack will have saved a copy of it all in its off-site storage.
- Automatic daily backups - One of the best features this plugin offers is automatic daily backups, without the need for you to manually create one. The best part about this is the backups cover the entire site, so all of your data will be safe.
- One-click restores - If you experience a software fail or you lose signal for whatever reason, Jetpack will also give you the ability to quickly restore data and get you back up and running in moments. All you will need to do is simply click on the ‘restore’ button, and Jetpack will handle the rest. Plus, for added versatility, you’ll be able to do this via PC or app.
- Activity log - Jetpack also comes with an activity log, which will allow you to keep track of all the backups that are being made to your site, as well as who has made them.
To successfully install Jetpack to your WooCommerce site, all you’ll need to do is install the plugin, choose a monthly subscription plan, and then activate it.
As soon as you have set it all up, Jetpack will begin working automatically on your site (Jetpack will provide you with simple, on-screen instructions throughout the process, so you can get it up and running in no time at all).
How to manage your store’s backups:
So, after you have got your Jetpack (or chosen backup tool) installed and set up on your WooCommerce site, there are a few more things we recommend you keep in mind, as these will help you to effectively manage your backups alongside your tool:
- Don’t restore to a live site - If you ever want to restore backed up data, then be mindful not to restore it while your site is live, or during a particularly busy time. Though it’s unlikely, restoring data can sometimes overwhelm the system and temporarily slow it down, which may interfere with your customer’s experience.
- Regularly check the activity log - Even though plugins such as Jetpack will do the work for you, we still recommend keeping track of how frequently backups are being made so that you don’t lose any important data.
- Store a copy of your backups externally - The last thing you want to happen is to lose access to your site, or accidentally lose a huge chunk of data. Even though Jetpack stores backups externally by default, we still recommend downloading copies (onto something such as a USB) so you will have your own copies in case anything goes wrong.