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  • Do I Need a WordPress Security Plugin?

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by
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    Do I Need a WordPress Security Plugin?

    Your site’s security is something you’ll want to take seriously. Typically, website hacking isn’t something we think will happen to us. We know it happens, but why would someone target my site? But, with WordPress being one of the most commonly hacked CMS, no one is safe. This isn’t said to scare you, but instead to get you thinking about taking proactive action. There are many ways to protect yourself against hackers. Whether you use WordPress user roles to improve security or you use a website security checker, implementing some type of security program can save you both time and money in the long run. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not your site needs a WordPress security plugin, then this post is for you. Below we look at the main reasons you may want a WordPress security plugin. best WordPress hosting

    WordPress Security is Reactive

    If you’ve installed the latest version of WordPress on your site through your hosting service plan and have followed decent WP security protocols, then you probably think you’re protected. You’ve done it once, now you can set it and forget it. But security isn’t something that you can just do once. It’s something that’s constantly evolving and you need to regularly update your site’s security standards and conduct routine website safety checks if you want to stay protected. Even if your website starts off secure, in time it will become less and less secure. It's important to protect yourself from hackers who are continuously look for vulnerabilities within popular software, and since WordPress powers 25 percent of the web, it’s pretty popular. Once hackers find and exploit these vulnerabilities, then WordPress will patch those holes and release an update for its users. However, there’s a time gap between the time when the vulnerability is exploited and the patch is issued. During this time you’re totally exposed.  

    You Can Keep Your Site Secure Without a Plugin

    You can keep your site relatively secure without the use of a WordPress security plugin. Taking the following steps will help a lot:
    1. Keep your WordPress core, themes, and plugin up to date. By running the latest version of all these there will be less bugs, and vulnerabilities. Failing to update is like leaving your back door open.
    2. Use strong passwords. Your username and password is your first line of defense. Make sure you create an incredibly strong password, and that you change this password on a regular basis. The same thing should be done for every admin account.
    3. Limit user access. If you do have multiple user accounts you should limit the amount of access that each user has to the backend of your site. This will reduce the chance of any settings accidentally being changed.
    4. Install an SSL certificate on your site. Using an SSL connection will help to encrypt your user’s connection and secure any data transferred between the browser and server. But, it can also help to encrypt your admin data.
    The above steps will help to improve the security of your site, and you can do them all without the help of a security plugin. However, there are certain vulnerabilities you won’t be able to overcome without using a security plugin.    

    But Installing a WordPress Security Plugin Helps - A Lot!

    If you’re concerned about the security of your WordPress site, then installing a WordPress security plugin is a no-brainer. Some common WordPress security plugins include Sucuri, Wordfence, BulletProof Security, and All In One WP Security and Firewall. But, if you’re still not sold here are a few very useful things that security plugins can do:  

    1. Secure Your Login Page

    Like we mentioned above, having a strong password is the first step to securing your login page. But, you can elevate its security even further with a WordPress security plugin. For example, you’ll be able to do things like:
    • Add two-factor authentication for all users
    • Limit the number of failed login attempts
    • Block certain IP address from accessing your login page
    Your login page can be especially vulnerable to brute force attacks and are one of the most common ways hackers will gain access to your site through login attemps. By hardening your login page you’re making one of the most vulnerable aspects of your site nearly impenetrable.    

    2. Scan for Malware

    Has suspicious text been appearing on your website? Are there site changes live that you never made? If you’re the only person who has access to your site, then you could have malware or other malicious software installed on your site. WordPress security plugins have built-in malware and security scanners that act similarly to your computer’s anti-virus software. These scans will look through your entire website to find any malicious code and remove it if they find anything. Usually, these tools will scan your site on a regular basis to ensure you’re fully protected.  

    3. Secure Your WordPress Database

    Your WordPress database is where all of your site’s information is stored. Your database can be vulnerable if you used the standard naming conventions when creating your database. Unless you’re a technical WordPress user, changing your database prefix yourself can be challenging. But, through using a security plugin you can easily change the prefix of your database, to make it more difficult to locate. Plus, you can also regularly backup your database. This will ensure that if you ever need to restore your site, you’re completely covered and don’t have to start from scratch.  

    4. Create a Website Firewall

    Some users will want to add a firewall to their WordPress sites. Firewalls have a lot of features for websites, but the main selling point is the ability to block unwanted connections. Plus, they’ll also help to stop any brute force or DDoS attacks from taking down your site. The easiest way to add a firewall to your site is by using a WordPress security plugin. Otherwise, you’ll need to have full server access, and some technical skills, to implement a firewall.  

    3 More Pro Security Tips for Your WordPress Site

    Maintaining a high level of WordPress security is all about being proactive. Here are a few more security tips to follow. Implement these, and you’ll be on your way towards a safe and protected site.  

    1. Only Download Themes and Plugins from Known Sources

    When you download plugins and themes for your site it’s important to only install them from reputable sources. For paid plugins and themes this means places like Themeforest, Elegant Themes, StudioPress, WPMU Dev and similar sites. If you’re downloading free themes and plugins, then you should always download them from the WordPress theme and plugin repository. It’s also a good idea to minimize the number of active plugins you’re currently using on your site. The more plugins you’re using, the greater your chances of your site getting hacked. Plus, some plugins might have smaller development teams that might not be able to patch their plugins for vulnerabilities as rapidly as larger organizations.  

    2. Always Backup Your Site

    Backups will be your first defense against any attack on your website. In case something bad does happen, you can quickly restore your site to its previous state. There are a ton of backups plugins available, like VaultPress and BackupBuddy. In some cases, your current host might even be keeping regular backups of all your site’s files. But, it’s important that you save your backup files to a secure offsite location, just in case. The frequency  in which you backup your site depends upon how often you update your site. If you regularly publish new content every single day, then a daily backup is recommended. But, if your site stays relatively the same, then you can get away with a monthly backup.  

    3. Use a Secure Hosting Environment

    You can do everything possible to secure your WordPress site on your end, but none of that will matter if your hosting environment isn’t secure. A reputable hosting company will take extra security measures to ensure your website is secure.HostGator SiteLock Malware Protection However, shared hosting environments aren’t always the most secure option. If security is a priority, then it might be worth upgrading to a dedicated hosting package. Most dedicated hosts can offer stricter security practices, plus, your site won’t be sharing server resources with hundreds of other websites.  

    Securing Your WordPress Site

    There isn’t a way to 100% protect your website from hackers and other malicious attempts. But, if you want to give your site the highest level of protection possible, then it’s a good idea to use a WordPress security plugin. You can do things manually to improve your security beyond the standard installation, but overall it’s easier to use a plugin. There are a multitude of security plugins that provide single security features, or ones that act as an entire security suite. What you require depends on the levels of security you’re seeking.
  • What the July Google Chrome Update Means for Your Website

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 by
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    What the July Google Chrome Update Means for Your Website

    There’s an update from Google Chrome that may change the way your website shows up online. For those who’ve already added an SSL certificate to their site and made the upgrade to HTTPS, you’re in the clear. But if you haven’t made the switch, this is something you’ll want to pay attention to. Starting in July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser will alert users that a site isn’t secure if it doesn’t have an HTTPS connection. Since Chrome may very well be the most popular web browser out there, this alert is something you’ll want to take seriously. However, if you’re a HostGator customer who doesn’t have a SSL yet, there is no need to worry about this change. HostGator customers without a SSL certificate will be receiving a free one this July to comply with Google Chrome’s new requirements. This free SSL applies to all plans. For more information on how to take advantage of the free SSL visit our Knowledge Base Curious about the change? Below we look at what this new HTTPS warning actually entails and how it’ll impact the future of your website. HostGator SSL Certificate

    Google’s Move Towards a Secure Web

    Google has been taking security and HTTPS seriously for a while. When you think about it, it makes sense. Google wants to provide its visitors with the most relevant, secure browsing experience possible. When users feel safe on the web they’re much more likely to come back and utilize the services that Google offers. A better user experience equals a more satisfied user base. The same goes for your website. Google has already been giving secure sites preference in the rankings since 2014. Therefore, sites that have a secure HTTPS connection, as opposed to the standard HTTP connection, should get a slight rankings boost. This Chrome update is the next step in the charge of an HTTPS focused internet.  

    The Impact of the Google Chrome Update

    Google has been rolling out this update for quite a while. You’ve probably noticed sites that have a secure “lock” icon in the upper left hand corner of the search bar. ssl website with secure lock in chrome browser To users, this shows that your site is secure and can be trusted to safely process information. HTTPS can be incredibly valuable for your site as it creates a secure channel between the browser and the website. A secure connection is a must-have for sites that process personal information like an eCommerce website. However, this lock icon hasn’t been very effective in encouraging non-eCommerce website owners to adopt the new HTTPS standard. The new Chrome update can be seen as a hard push towards forcing website owners to adopt HTTPS.  

    How Will This Warning Affect Your Site?

    If your site doesn’t have an SSL certificate installed by the time the HTTPS update is released, your site will display as “not secure” when accessed by the Chrome browser: 2018 google https update You might not think this is a big deal. But, imagine you open up a brand new site from the search results and the first thing you see is a page that says, “This page is not secure.” Chances are, you won’t stick around, or come back to the website. We’re not just talking about losing the trust of new visitors, but also compromising the trust of your existing visitors. Fortunately, there is a way you can avoid this scenario.  

    How Can I Avoid a Security Warning?

    The only way to avoid this warning across your site is to install an SSL certificate before the update takes effect. At HostGator, we can help you prepare for these Google Chrome changes by providing all HostGator customers with a free SSL certificate! This is a fully functional, digital certificate, that is recognized and trusted by 99.9% browsers and devices. By having this certificate, you will avoid a ‘not secure’ warnings when people visit your site. Additionally, we have paid SSL options for customers looking for additional features from their SSL certificate.  

    Secure Your Website Today with SSL

    Hopefully, you have a better understanding of the latest Google Chrome update and how it’ll affect your website and user experience moving forward. Our current customers should keep an eye on their inbox for a notification that their account is ready for a free SSL certificate. Not a HostGator customer? You can sign up for a hosting plan on our website! July Update: Please note that the free SSLs will be rolled out gradually. If you don't see the free SSL added to your domain quite yet, it will be added over the next couple of days.   
  • HTTPS for WordPress: Why and How to Add It To Your Site

    Friday, May 18, 2018 by
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    HTTPS for Your WordPress Site

    Switching your site over to HTTPS is important in a lot of ways. It’ll not only improve your search engine rankings, but it’ll encrypt any data that’s being transferred from your user’s browser to your server. Overall, you’ll improve your site’s security, trustworthiness, and make your website look good in the eyes of Google. Below we’ll look at why you’ll want to add HTTPS to your WordPress site and offer a series of steps to help simplify the process.  

    What is HTTPS?

    You’ve probably heard of HTTPS, but you’re still not quite sure what it is. For starters, it’s readily visible on most larger websites. You’ll see that their URLs start with “https://“ instead of the standard “http://“. It also includes a small padlock next to the URL as well, which means the site is secure. PayPal SSL Certificate HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure and utilizes an SSL certification to establish a secure connection between a user’s web browser and your server. Any information that gets exchanged over this connection is encrypted. This data encryption makes it much more difficult for people to read, or translate, any of the information that might get intercepted over the connection.  

    How HTTPS Can Benefit Your WordPress Site

    You aren’t required to move your site to HTTPS, but it does come with some benefits that might make switching a good idea.
    • Secures sensitive information. If your site handles credit card information or other potentially compromising information, then moving your site to HTTPS is a necessity.
    • Makes your site trustworthy. Moving to HTTPS will not only secure the transfer of information, but it will help make users feel safe and trust that your website is authentic, and you’re actually who you claim to be.
    • Improves your SEO. Having an SSL certificate is a Google ranking factor. It probably won’t give your rankings a huge push, but when it comes to SEO every bit helps.
    It seems that HTTPS is going to be the future of the web. By moving to HTTPS sooner rather than later will help to establish you as the go-to authority in your space, instead of merely waiting and playing catch up. HostGator SSL Certificate

    How to Move Your WordPress Site to HTTPS

    Moving your current WordPress site to HTTPS is pretty straightforward. All you need is an SSL certificate, a host that supports SSL (like HostGator!), and a few plugins to help with URL migration. Below we outline the steps you need to take to move your site from HTTP to HTTPS.  

    1. Install Your SSL Certificate

    The first thing you’ll need to make the switch to HTTPS is an SSL certificate. Your host may provide one for free with your hosting package, or you might be able to purchase or get a free SSL certificate through them. If not, a solid choice is Let’s Encrypt. They’re one of the most popular SSL certificate providers. However, before you purchase an SSL certificate from a third-party source make sure that it’s supported by your host. The process of installing the SSL certificate will depend upon your host, but if your host is using the standard cPanel, then you can install the certificate through your dashboard.

    2. Move Your URLs to HTTPS

    To complete the installation there are a few issues you’ll need to fix. Namely, you’ll need to migrate any internal URLs and links to HTTPS instead of HTTP. One of the easiest ways to do this is to install a plugin called Really Simple SSL. This plugin will update the URL of your site within your site settings and it’ll add a 301 redirect from all the HTTP pages and media to the new HTTPS URL. All you have to do is install and activate this plugin and it’ll get to work adjusting your site’s settings.  

    3. Verify Your Certificate is Active

    With your certificate installed and the Really Simple SSL plugin active, it’s time to verify that everything you did actually worked. To check your site open up your web browser and type in the HTTP version of your website. You should then see this redirect to the HTTPS version of your site. Your new URL should have a green padlock next to it and your URL will read “https://“. Finally, the last thing you’ll want to do is update any offsite link to your new HTTPS URL. The redirect plugin above will take care of this for you. But, you’ll want to adjust any of the links that are in your direct control, such as your social media profiles.   Moving your site from HTTP to HTTPS can be very advantageous. Hopefully, the post above has helped you understand what HTTPS actually is, and how you can move your WordPress site to HTTPS. HostGator customers can add SSL certificates to their site here.
  • Inspirational Quotes about Blogging, Websites, and Online Entrepreneurship

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 by
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    Inspirational Quotes for Bloggers and Online Entrepreneurs

    “The right quote can inspire people to change their ways.” – Zig Ziglar Whether you're starting your own blog, a new website, or an online store, there are going to be some rough patches, and at times it can be hard to stay motivated. Prevent writer's block. Stop spinning your wheels. And get going! Kick your motivation into high gear with some of our favorite quotes for bloggers, entrepreneurs, and online store owners. Create Your Blog

    Inspirational Quotes for Bloggers

    • "Write what you know." – Mark Twain
    • "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." – John D. Rockefeller
    • "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." – Sir Winston Churchill
    • "Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in business at all times." – John Gerzema
    • "These days, people want to learn before they buy, be educated instead of pitched." – Brian Clark
    • "An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally." – Seth Godin
    • "The paradox is the more info you give away, the more people will buy what you have to give." – Brian Clark
    • "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." – Albert Einstein
    • "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." – Benjamin Franklin
    • "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." – Herman Melville
    • "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." – Walt Disney
    • "If you can learn something new every day, you can teach something new every day." – Martha Stewart
    • "Content is king, but distribution is queen and she wears the pants." – Jonathan Perelman
    • "Content is anything that adds value to the reader's life." – Avinash Kaughik
    • "Don't focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that's great for your readers." – Brian Clark
    • "Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts." – Larry L. King
    • "When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant." – Dan Schawbel
    • "If people like you they will listen to you, but if they trust you they'll do business with you." – Zig Ziglar
    • "Content: there is no easy button." – Scott Abel
    • “Create content that teaches. You can’t give up. You need to be consistently awesome.” – Neil Patel
    • "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." – Steve Jobs

    Inspirational Quotes for Online Entrepreneurs

    • "Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours per week." – Lori Greiner
    • "If you're looking for the next best thing, and you're looking where everyone else is, you're looking in the wrong place." – Mark Cuban
    • "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." – Bill Gates
    • "Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles." – Steve Jobs
    • "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." – Vidal Sassoon
    • "The challenge with being an initiator of projects is that you are never, ever done." – Seth Godin
    • "Any idea is only as valuable as its ability to solve a problem." – Sally Hogshead
    • "A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well." – Jeff Bezos
    • "Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
    • “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” – Dennis Waitley
    • “Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” – Henry Ford
    • “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.” – Robert L. Schwartz
    • "Don't find customers for your products, find products for your customers." – Seth Godin
    • "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." – Albert Einstein
    • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos
    • "Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard." – Guy Kawasaki
    • "A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is - it is what consumers tell each other it is." – Scott Cook
    • "No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit." – Andrew Carnegie
    • "Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising." – Milton Hershey
    • “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.” – Elon Musk
    • “The reason it seems that price is all your customers care about is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about.” – Seth Godin
    • “You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.” – Jack Ma
    • “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.” – Peter F. Drucker
    • “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: Forget about making mistakes, just do it.” – Ajaero Tony Martins
    • "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." – Henry Ford

    Inspirational Quotes for E-Commerce Site Owners

    • "Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend." – Mark Zuckerberg
    • “You can’t wait for customers to come to you. You have to figure out where they are, go there and drag them back to your store.” – Paul Graham
    • “E-commerce leaders will have to keep with these changes (and others) to survive and stay ahead.” – Linda Bustos
    • “Learn as many mistakes about what not to do while your business or product is small” – Daymond John
    • “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why do you it.” – Simon Sinek
    • “In e-commerce, your prices have to be better because the consumer has to take a leap of faith in your product.” – Ashton Kutcher
    • “Don’t obsess over data as a tool, obsess about the future.” – Jeff Beaver
    • “You can have an assertive culture without trampling people’s sprits.” – Jill Layfield
    • “Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community.” – Meg Whitman
    • “Customer service shouldn’t be just a department; it should be the entire company.” – Tony Hsieh
    • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos
    • “Stop selling, start helping.” – Zig Ziglar
    • “Overall the web is pretty sloppy, but an online store can’t afford to be.” – Paul Graham
    • “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” - Bill Gates
    • “The reason it seems that price is all your customer’s care about is that you haven’t given them anything else to care about.” – Seth Godin
    • “Amazing things will happen when you listen to the consumer.” – Jonathan Mildenhall
      Hopefully, the quotes above will bring you an added dose of inspiration for your new online venture. Any quotes we didn’t mention above? Share your favorites in the comments below.
  • 7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 by
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    Best WordPress Backup Plugins

    Chances are you’ve spent a lot of time building and tweaking your website, from theme customizations to setting up plugins, creating pages, writing posts, and adding images. What would happen to you if all this data were lost? Would you have a backup to restore from? Or, would you have to do it all over—from scratch? There are plenty of reasons your site can fail, but instead of going into every case of doom, it’s better to be prepared if it ever does happen. If you run a WordPress site, then one of the best things you can do is utilize a WordPress backup plugin. Below we highlight why you’ll want to use a WordPress backup plugin, and offer a handful of plugins to choose from.

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    Why Would I Use a WordPress Backup Plugin?

    Most hosts offer their own backup services (HostGator customers can sign up for CodeGuard here), and although you should take advantage of these, you may want to supplement these backups with backups of your own. A WordPress backup plugin will simplify the backup process so you don’t have to think about it, but there’s always a version of your site you can restore from if need be. Think of a WordPress backup plugin like an insurance policy for your website. You’ll still want to protect your site from hackers, but you’re covered if something happens.  

    7 WordPress Backup Plugins to Consider

    There are dozens of different WordPress backup plugins for you to consider. To simplify your search we’ve highlighted seven of our favorites below.  

    1. VaultPress

    vaultpress VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress. It’s now part of JetPack, and will automatically backup your entire site, media, posts, comments, and dashboard settings included. In order to use this plugin, you’ll need a subscription to Jetpack. The higher level plans can get expensive, but the features and ease of use might make that cost worthwhile. Also included are things like one-click site restore, customer support, backup storage, and malware and virus scans.  

    2. BackupBuddy

    backup buddy BackupBuddy is a very popular and long-running WordPress backup plugin. You can schedule your backups to run on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Plus, you can have those backups automatically go to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, or even have it emailed to yourself. This plugin is a premium plugin, but you only pay on a yearly basis and you get access to plugin updates, user forums, and even 1GB of backup space.  

    3. BackWPup

    backwpup BackWPup is a very popular and free backup plugin. Its popularity probably comes from how easy this tool is to setup and use. With this plugin, you can create a complete WordPress site backup and have that backup sent to cloud storage, or download it directly to your computer. Plus, restoring your site from a backup is very straightforward with their built-in restoration wizard. There’s also a paid version of this plugin that offers you additional features like site scans and database repair and optimization, and more.  

    4. Duplicator

    duplicator wordpress plugin Duplicator is primarily a site migration and cloning tool, but it can also be used to backup your site as well. The free version of the plugin allows you to manually backup your entire site. Now, the free version isn’t automated, but for sites that don’t change very often, it can be a solid solution. There is a paid version of the plugin, which includes scheduled backups that you can send to cloud storage providers like Amazon S3, Dropbox, or Google Drive.  

    5. UpdraftPlus

    updraftplus UpdraftPlus is a popular and free WordPress plugin. With this plugin, you can create a complete backup of your site to store on your own computer, or via cloud storage, like Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Rackspace, and more. You have the ability to created scheduled backups, or even on-demand backups with this plugin. There’s also a premium version of the plugin, which will offer you additional features like migrating or cloning a site, support for multiple sites, premium-level support, and much more.  

    6. BackUpWordPress

    backupwordpress plugin BackUpWordpress is another very popular and free backup plugin. This plugin allows you to schedule automatic backups, so you don’t have to remember to backup your site. It’ll backup your entire site, including all of your site’s file and databases. However, in order to send your backups to a cloud storage provider, you’ll need to purchase an extension.  

    7. Backup & Restore Dropbox

    backup restore dropbox wordpress plugin Like the name suggests Backup & Restore Dropbox will backup your WordPress site and send that backup to Dropbox. If you currently use Dropbox as your preferred cloud storage provider, then this is a great option. All of the backups are fully automated; all you have to do is authorize the connection to your Dropbox account. By using a WordPress backup plugin you’re safeguarding your site in case your data is lost, or you need to restore your site to a previous version. It’s always a good idea to have multiple fail-safes in place, from host backups to additional backups from a WordPress plugin.  

    Back Up Your WordPress Site

    Any of the plugins above will be a great option to provide you with consistent, high-quality backups. For added security and peace of mind, make sure you sign up for a backup service through your web host. HostGator customers can schedule daily site backups through CodeGuard.