If you have a home based business, you likely have a blog to go along with it. Or maybe you are thinking about starting a blog? I always recommend WordPress as a blog platform as it’s probably the most popular blog platform today. You can set up a free blog at WordPress.Com or you can download the WordPress software and use it on your own site.
WordPress (whether you use it their free blog or set up your own blog) has a utility to back up your data. It’s found in your Admin dashboard, under TOOLS, then EXPORT. The WordPress export utility saves a copy of your blog data in XML format which can be used to import the blog data back if need be. Store the XML file in some safe place.
When and why would you need to restore it? Who knows but many things can happen. This morning my Common Sense eCommerce blog became unusable and had some kind of PHP problem (the details of which I won’t go into). Fortunately, it did not result in my reloading WordPress and my XML backup but it was a good reminder of why I do those export backups every so often. There are many things that could happen; your site host could go out of business or may experience data loss for example. So it’s an ‘ounce of prevention’ and really only takes a minute or two.
Also if you use something other than the standard WordPress theme, you need to save off a copy of those theme files as well. Like other things you’ve put a lot of work into, don’t risk losing it.