CodeGuard: SMBs No Longer Have an Excuse to Not Back Up Website Data

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    Many businesses have implemented WordPress as their website content management system—including a large number of SMBs. According to the ManageWP Blog, 48 percent of Technorati’s top content sites use WordPress, including the New York Times, CNN and eBay. And about 50 percent of the 74,652,825 WordPress sites use the free version of the CMS. So when CodeGuard released the results of its survey on WordPress sites, it was shocking to read that 76 percent of those surveyed said they do not use the backup plugin to keep their site data safe in case of emergency.

    As DigitalJournal reports, the survey revealed that most don’t perform backups because it is a complicated process, but others claim the overall cost makes it prohibitive. However, nearly all respondents said they would “pay just about anything for a restore,” if their site were compromised.

    CodeGuard CEO David Moeller told SCMagazine that businesses also often assume that web hosting providers will provide backup:

    “Most hosting providers do not guarantee any type of backup in their terms of service. Disaster recovery server backup taken by hosting providers is only for catastrophic server failure, not for individual customer website failure. All too often, businesses have to learn this the hard way.”

    For many SMBs, losing an entire website’s worth of data could lead to total disaster. That’s why CodeGuard created its website backup service, CodeGuard Free—it’s a slimmer version of its current backup solution that is geared toward SMBs.

    SMB sites are usually not too large, so CodeGuard Free covers “one site, one database and 5GB of storage per company.” If a site is compromised or somehow damaged, CodeGuard Free will restore it for $20, which includes a full seven days of backup retention. For customers that may need more than a single restoration, CodeGuard Vault provides “24-hours of unlimited restores” for only $48.

    At signup for the free backup service, customers must provide only a name, email address and password. Credit card numbers or payment is not required initially. That’s not a bad deal for a service from a company that, according to EContent, “is the only company in its space to guarantee the success of its backup service.”

    Kim Mays has been editing and writing about IT since 1999. She currently tackles the topics of small to midsize business technology and introducing new tools for IT. Follow Kim on Google+ or Twitter.

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