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...and that's why I started using Akeeba Backup, children

When reading my Twitter stream, I often hear a fellow Joomlaist moan that their client didn't make any back-ups. Their client thought their hosting company would take care of that.

It's true that many hosting companies advertize that they back-up your site. Most of them probably do. But is it wise to rely on their back-ups only?  Are the many people out there using Akeeba Backup to create back-ups themselves (including myself) wrong or just plain paranoid?

There's a saying in Beerland that goes a bit like this: If you want something to be done properly, you should do it yourself.  Let me tell you a story of a time, when I still thought relying on my hosting company was good enough.

In the year 2010...

I was visiting one of our clients' sites when I saw something strange.  I had been in a hurry to upgrade Joomla! to the latest version (AdminTools didn't exist in those days) and I had placed the update files in the wrong folder. Which was no big deal, except for one site. I knocked the site out. 


I immediately sent a mail to our hosting company, explaining their situation. It was the weekend, but I was still hoping for a soonish reply, despite it being a Saturday night.

I didn't receive a reply that day. Nor did I receive a reply the day after - I started to worry a bit.  I managed to "fix" the site before the client got to see it - using an old local back-up, which I had made manually some time ago - but still hoped for the hosting company to set back the hosting company.

I didn't hear from then on monday, either.  Or Tuesday. Or Wednesday.  They never restored their back-up despite me asking politely (I swear!). 

That day, I realized I couldn't trust on my hosting company. And neither can you. Can you afford taking the "risk" that they set the back-up back a few hours later? Or are you willing to gamble on only "one" solution - "I'm sorry, Sir, our back-up servers crashed?"  

You shouldn't.  You should take care of your own back-ups. Back-up often, and to many different locations.  Obviously, I recommend using Akeeba Backup for this.  How you set up your own back-up strategy is up to you. Just make sure you have a strategy and act on it. 

Last modified onFriday, 02 March 2012 07:56
Steven Zeegers

Typical nerd who earns his money in the IT sector, who can't turn of the computer after works. Loves Joomla!, Gaming, Blogging, and is only slightly addicted to Twitter.

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