What would happen if you woke up tomorrow and you discovered that your website was gone? Perhaps it was hacked, or maybe your web hosting company accidentally deleted your site. Believe it or not, it’s more common than you think. What if you had to start your website from scratch? If you don’t have a backup, you’re not alone. In fact, 40% of small to medium business do not back up their website.

I have a friend that owns a business who lost everything overnight. There was an error with her credit card and her hosting wasn’t renewed. The hosting company deleted her site and now she has to pay the company $150 an hour to recover the site or start from scratch.

She was one of the lucky ones – at least her web hosting company had a back up of her site. A lot of web hosting companies do not provide backups. For the ones that do, most do it for their own protection and do not make the files available to their customers without an extra charge. Also, web hosting companies do not always run virus and malware scanners on your website, so keeping a back-up is your best protection.

So, what’s the answer? Make sure your backup plan is in place so you can have peace of mind.

Read this article for more information on free backup solutions for your WordPress site.

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