This is absolutely essential for your ecommerce website.
Most websites are hosted by third party companies – ISP’s and web hosting companies.
The server that hosts your website will be located in their data centre and you are relying on their infrastructure.
If there is a problem with your website or server or disaster in this location then your website will need to be restored from a backup.
So you will need to consider your backup strategy.
Who runs the backup or which tool will do it.
When will it be run?
How often is the backup run?
Where will it be located?
What will be backed up?
How much will it cost?
Who will restore the website if there is a problem?
Can I actually restore my website for a recent backup?
How long will it take to get the website restored?
Many business owners ignore their backups – they think that the hosting company will look after it. Good hosting companies will offer a complete backup service that will suit your requirements.
In early 2015 one of our clients website went offline due to a computer hardware failure. Their hosting company was unable to provide a recent backup (even though our client was paying them to do additional daily backups). Fortunately our client was paying us to take an additional backup and so we restored their website got them up and running again.
Check your backup strategy today and make sure that you have your own copy in case of a emergency.