Offsite Data Backup System

Learn about setting up and using offsite (i.e. external) storage services like Amazon S3 cloud storage.

Offsite Data Backup SystemThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, we look at setting up and using offsite (i.e. external) storage services like Amazon S3 cloud storage.


Offsite Data Backup System

Storing your data backups on your computer hard drive can present a serious a risk. If your computer crashes or dies due to excessive use or a malicious virus renders your hard drive inoperable, you could lose all of your valuable data.

Using a secure “offsite” data storage solution is a practical and sensible way to ensure that your valuable data can be recovered quickly if something happens to your computer.

Some of the more affordable offsite data storage options you may want to consider using include:

  • Purchasing an external hard drive
  • Using a solution like Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Offsite Storage Solutions

Cloud Storage

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is a highly affordable, extremely secure and almost limitless offsite data storage solution. It is ideal for businesses and WordPress users who want to store and access images, media, and other files.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up and use Amazon S3 to store your WordPress files and data backups securely offsite, go here:

Other offsite storage solutions include:

  • Dropbox – Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
  • CloudFlare – CloudFlare is a content delivery network and distributed domain name server service that offers free and commercial, cloud-based services designed to help improve website performance, speed, and security.

Useful Tip

If you’re not using Firefox as your primary web browser, we recommend that you consider switching to Firefox, or at least install it on your computer to make a number of browser based operations like performing file and data transfer services using FTP and Amazon S3 easier and more convenient for you. Firefox works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Next Step:

If you haven’t set up an offsite data backup storage system yet, go here to learn how to set up an Amazon S3 account:

If you have already set up an offsite data backup storage system yet, go here to learn about data transfer methods:

If you already know about data transfer methods like FTP or cPanel, go here to learn how to delete unnecessary and unwanted data:


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