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#7261 Backup plans & strategies

Posted by starki on 25 September 2018 - 05:13 AM

It's really easy, in cPanel under "Files" there is this blue arrow that looks like a clock, named "Backup". Click it, then "Download a Full Website Backup". Next, you select where to save the compressed backup file (which also includes all databases). Can either be your home directory, so you can download it from your MDD FTP account once finished (leave e-mail notification checked) or directly upload it to a remote FTP server. Secure copy (SCP) is another option, it transfers the backup between hosts in SSH mode (if you don't know what this is, don't bother, pretty much a "pro" option). Voila, you got a full backup of all sites residing in your cPanel account.


Please note that a full backup isn't something you can restore via cPanel yourself, only the host can.


You can also use the "Backup Wizard", it's the same like "Backup", but step by step instead of all on one page.


Important: Most will probably use the option to put the backup in the home directory. Don't forget to download it via FTP. Delete the file from the server after downloading it, it's just wasting space and keeping a backup in the account you backed up is pointless. For maximum security, I'd recommend 3 backups: The ones MDD does anyway, one locally on your harddrive, one remote backup (Dropbox, remote FTP server, whatever).


As far as the backup on your local hardrive and the remote backup are concerned: Keep different versions, like the last 4 if you do weekly backups. Imagine your site gets hacked, e.g. Wordpress because you used an insecure third party plugin, a really insecure password like "password" and "admin" as username, etc. It's something the best host can't 100% prevent. You do a backup and recognize the hack 2 days later. Now, before fixing the backdoor the attacker used, you want a clean backup in place and if your last backup isn't clean and it's the only one you have, this means avoidable additional work.


Hope this helps.

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#7220 Major Outage - 09/21/18+ - Client Discussion

Posted by starki on 24 September 2018 - 05:48 PM


And i said Google doesn't de-index anything so fast. Mine are all indexed all right.


I'm running a SEO agency for over 10 years, so I may share some details on this: It's pure luck how fast Google de-indexes a site if it's offline since it depends on when the site was last crawled and how fast Google processes the data to the live index. Can happen in a few hours, can take weeks till Google recognizes the site is gone. De-indexing is no penalty (although some penalties can cause de-indexing, but that's a diffent topic and doesn't matter here), Google simply doesn't want to show people an error page since that's a bad user experience.


The good news: Once the site is back online, it will return to/in the old positions. How fast depends on the same factors as de-indexing, the more popular the site, the better it's linked from external sites, the more often it gets crawled, the faster it will re-appear in the SERPs. Worst case downtime and a new IP may trigger a re-evaluation with a ranking rollercoaster ride for a few weeks till it settles in the old positions. Best case, the site instantly ranks like before. So, there is no permanent damage due to the downtime, but you may experience some ranking anomalies for a short period of time. Impossible to predict, but at least you can be sure there won't be any negative longer term effects.

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