We have some incredibly exciting news to share this week. We are introducing a free plan into the CodeGuard app!
Our free plan includes daily automatic backups for 1 website, 1 database, includes up to 5 GB of storage, ChangeAlert notifications and 7 days of backup retention. Free website backup for single site owners is something we’ve wanted to offer for a long time, and this week we are proud to announce that the wait is over.
Backups will always be free on this plan. The only time you pay anything is if you need to restore. A one-time restore or download costs $20, and “Vault” access (24-hour access to unlimited restores) is $48. These payments only become necessary right at the moment you request the restore.
Free Plan Walkthrough
To start your free account first click on the link from our plans page.
We wanted to make the sign up process as easy as possible. All we need is a name, email address, password… and that’s it! No credit card required.
Next, we prompt you for the URL of the website you want to back up. We use the URL of your website to perform a suite of malware scans that make sure that your website is healthy, and there are no known viruses in the code, so this is an important step!
After that it’s time to connect your website. All we need are the FTP/SFTP credentials: hostname, username, password, and port. This information can be found inside your hosting account’s cPanel dashboard. If you’re unsure of where this information is inside your hosting account, we wrote a support article on where to find this information with a few popular hosting providers. You could also contact your web developer (if you are working with one) or your hosting provider and they will be able to give you this information. If you still need assistance after that the CodeGuard support team is always more than happy to help!
The final step in the process gives you the option to select what folder inside your FTP/SFTP directory you want to back up. If you’re not quite sure what to do here that’s totally ok. You can simply select to ‘Capture All Code’ and we’ll grab everything!
Note: We automatically apply a set of default filters to all the websites we back up so that unnecessary files like cache, temporary, and log files aren’t backed up. Rest assured that all of your important website files will always be included in your backup though!
If you’d like to take a look at our Advanced Settings we give you the option to specify a particular folder as the home directory of your website.
If you have multiple websites inside your FTP/SFTP account then you will need to select the Advanced Options link. We can only back up one website at a time, so making sure you select that one root folder for the one website you want to back up is important.
After the capture step the setup process is complete! We begin the initial backup right away. You can relax, go grab a beer, pick up a book, mow the lawn, or hang out in your dashboard and wait for the backup to complete. Either way we’ll email you when it’s done so you don’t need to wait around if you don’t want to. If your website has a database though, we highly recommend you back that up right after. The database is often a crucial aspect of the website (especially if your website is using a CMS like WordPress), so backing it up is just as important!
This concludes our walkthrough on how to create your free CodeGuard account and back up your website. If you’re looking for free website backups and an easy setup process we’re confident that this is the solution for you. If you’re looking for something more fully featured, with the ability to back up and manage multiple websites our paid plans are always available as well. Regardless of your needs, we’re now more confident than ever that we have a plan that will work for you. So if you haven’t signed up for CodeGuard yet, we encourage you to give our free plan a try!