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Backing Up: It's Better to Be Safe Than Sorry.

I recently had an eye-opening experience that I have to share with you. It's about the vital importance of backing up your design work. You may have heard me talk about backups before, but recent events have underscored its importance. Please stick with me as I share some powerful stories that drove home the gravity of this topic. Listen to the podcast episode for the whole story.

Website Woes.

The first story is about a prospective client who approached me after her website suddenly stopped working. Upon investigation, it turned out that the client had neglected to update a credit card with the hosting provider, resulting in the account being deleted. The kicker? The old web designer relied solely on the hosting provider's backups, which were deleted along with the account, leaving my client in a devastating situation without a website or backup to restore it.

War, what's it good for?

The second story involves a freelance graphic designer from Ukraine who had to flee their area due to war. When their dwelling was destroyed, they lost everything except their data, which was safely backed up to the cloud. This meant they could resume working soon after procuring a new computer.

The importance of backing up.

These stories are stark reminders of the fragility of our digital creations and the potential devastation that can occur without proper backups. Whether it's websites, design files, or critical client work, the risk is too significant to ignore.

If you're already backing up your work, hats off to you! If not, the time to act is now. Don't wait until disaster strikes. It's better to be safe than sorry, and the steps you take today could save you immeasurable stress and heartache down the line.

Cloud backups to the rescue.

So, what's the solution? First and foremost, relying solely on your web host's backups isn't enough. Off-server backups are a must. Consider using a reliable plugin such as Solid Backups from SolidWP (formerly known as Ithemes BackupBuddy) for WordPress sites. This plugin automates the backup process and allows storing backups in multiple destinations such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.

Another critical element of a robust backup strategy is cloud backup. This means entrusting your valuable data to dependable cloud-based services like Backblaze. The peace of mind that comes with knowing your computer files are securely stored off-site is immeasurable, and it ensures that you'll recover swiftly should the worst happen.

While local physical backups are essential, the risk of losing them in the event of a disaster affecting your location cannot be ignored. This is where cloud backups shine, offering a safety net that can make all the difference in a crisis.

Don't fall victim to missing backups.

Failing to have a comprehensive backup strategy is akin to leaving your most cherished possessions vulnerable to irreversible loss. Just as we wouldn't leave our physical memories unprotected, our digital creations deserve the same care and attention.

Don't let these cautionary tales go unheeded. Take action today to safeguard your invaluable design work. Whether setting up off-server backups for your websites or embracing the security of cloud-based backup services for your computer, the peace of mind and protection they afford are second to none.

If you're interested in delving deeper into the world of effective backup solutions, I encourage you to explore the resources I've shared in this article. Remember, the time to act is now. Don't wait for regret to make you wish you had taken your backup strategy more seriously.

As always, I'm here to support you in your design endeavours. If you want to connect with like-minded designers and continue the conversation, consider joining the Resourceful Designer Community, where we're dedicated to elevating our design businesses through collaboration, learning, and unwavering support.

Until next time, back up and be protected. Your designs are worth it.

And most importantly, stay creative!

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