Have you backed up your GoDaddy Website? GoDaddy Website Backup Required
GoDaddy does not guarantee any backups for your website and according to their terms of service, you agree to back-up your own content. This is not a marketing gimmick to promote website backup services; this is the unfortunate truth. Look at their terms of service yourself - http://www.godaddy.com/legal-agreements.aspx. Under “5. General Rules of Conduct”, scroll down to number 7. “You agree to back-up all of your User Content so that you can access and use it when needed. Go Daddy does not warrant that it backs-up any Account or User Content, and you agree to accept as a risk the loss of any and all of your User Content.” Sign up for CodeGuard today to comply with the GoDaddy terms of service.
GoDaddy Website Backup, or the Lack Thereof
Today we will examine GoDaddy and the guarantees associated with GoDaddy website backup. Below is a screenshot from GoDaddy’s Legal page. Let’s look at what GoDaddy states about GoDaddy website backup. Directly stated in GoDaddy’s terms of service, it says “You agree to back-up all of your User Content so that you can access and use it when needed. Go Daddy does not warrant that it backs-up any Account or User Content, and you agree to accept as a risk the loss of any and all of your User Content.” So the user, which is the website owner, bears complete responsibility for GoDaddy website backup! Go Daddy does not warrant that it backs-up any account or user content, and by purchasing web hosting, the website owner accepts the risk of loss for all content! Astonishing. In light of the discovery that GoDaddy does not guarantee backups of any kind, what should you do?
GoDaddy Website Backup: Manual Options
There are a handful of blog posts across the internet that offer tips for how you can perform GoDaddy website backup – ranging from using homebrew PHP scripts to doing it manually yourself. 1. On GoDaddy’s support site, “metalarcade” inquires how to “download/backup website to hard drive”. He states that he has been running a videogames webiste for a year, and still hasn’t figured out how to back up his site. He wants peace of mind that the posts on his site won’t be lost, and describes how distraught he would be if something ever went wrong. After six more interactions with the technical support representative from GoDaddy, it can be surmised that metalarcade succeeded in backing up his site to his hard drive. This exchange occurred over 4 months. 2. The Webhostinghero.com shares a backup utility that can be used to make the manual backup process for GoDaddy website backup easier. But it is . . . still . . . manual. So that means you will need to do it on a regular basis to backup your site. 3. Blogelina provides a tutorial for GoDaddy website backup, specifically, how to perform GoDaddy WordPress backup. She recommends backing up your WordPress site once per month, and this is how:
- Go to My Acct
- Then click Hosting (in the left)
- Click Launch
- In the green toolbar hover over Databases and click My SQL
- On the far right click the pencil (edit)
- On the top left of toolbar click Backup
- Then click OK
- Confirm OK
GoDaddy Website Backup: Automatic Options
CodeGuard recently announced a super-simple wizard that was released to help GoDaddy customers backup their sites in 2 seconds. Yes, you read that correctly. All CodeGuard needs is your username and password for your GoDaddy account, and we will set up the rest. Learn more here: http://blog.codeguard.com/godaddy-backup Other alternatives include building scripts yourself, ensuring they work (and that GoDaddy doesn’t shut them off), and maintaining them. Free options with questionable reliability and effectiveness abound, for those on an extreme budget who don’t value their websites.
Don’t violate your terms of service! Setup automatic or manual website backups today
GoDaddy does not guarantee backups of any kind for its customers. Many customers think that GoDaddy website backups are a sure thing, but this is simply not the case. While GoDaddy may have some type of server backup for disaster recovery, they do not guarantee the safety of your content. What are your options? We’ve looked at manual backups and touched upon a way to automate things yourself. You can simply write a script, upload it to your site, and access the CRON manager in your GoDaddy Hosting Control Panel. From there, you can set a frequency for the backup. If only this automated website backup was as easy as this sounds! But it isn’t. CodeGuard provides the easiest, most reliable, transparent, and trusted way to accomplish GoDaddy website backup. All you need to know is your username and password. After that, CodeGuard does the rest. -David *Original post: April 2012, updated on August 22, 2014