When is a Backup Not a Backup?

SafeAt Backup Machine we cater for customers from all manner of different hosting companies.  Our aim is to be a universal system for all website owners, disconnected from the company and server systems of their selected hosting providers.  A fail safe in a time of need.

However, one type of website is out of our reach: The “Website Builder” website.

Website builders let you create a website, on your own, through the web.  You know the ones – “Choose your colours, choose your menus and widgets, type your content, etc.”

These systems have incredible appeal – you can often get a good looking website up and running incredibly quickly, and without any technical skills.  But beware!  Unless you have access to your website’s files and database, you are stuck with your provider.  There is usually no effective way for you to move that website elsewhere should you want to or need to.

Recently a customer contacted us regarding one of these sites. They had been told by the website builder company to use “HTTrack Website Copier” to run their backups, should they wish to take a copy themselves.

Do not be fooled!  HTTrack will take a copy of your website in the same way that taking a photo of your car is a copy of your car.  It might look like your car, but none of the controls will work, and you’ll certainly be late for work if you try to use it.

HTTrack will not copy the necessary nuts and bolts to make your website ‘work’.  Your backup might contain a copy of the content of your blog posts, but you won’t be able to post anything new and none of the other dynamic content on your website will work.

If you want to be able to run your website anywhere, you need access to your website’s files and its database.  Without this, you’re stuck with your current provider, and you must make sure you’re satisfied with their backup arrangements.

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