Find out what are the top #9 ADVANTAGES to implement a Recurrent WordPress Backup stored online In Your CLOUD.
What is Cloud Storage?
Cloud storage is a model of data storage in which the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spans multiple servers (and often locations), and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store user, organization, or application data.
What actually means:
It means, that you get your own account where you can store your files. Those files land on a server, that is managed by the Cloud Storage provider. No maintenance or running costs, interventions, emergencies, headaches. You manage the content: send files, organize files, delete files. Security wise you are in charge of permissions (view only, edit/modify, download, duplicate, share) and the service provider is in charge overseeing your settings (enforcing when unwanted access is detected, protecting when direct attacks target your data).
Why use Cloud Storage?
1st ADVANTAGE: Almost all of the Cloud Storage accounts have a FREE plan. Since their core business is file storage and in the big numbers, a few backups fit perfectly the need to test, adopt and implement a recurrent WordPress Backup. The free storage space provided should suffice any small to medium sized WordPress sites, for their recurrent backup cycles.
2nd ADVANTAGE: ALL big Cloud Storage providers have better security, than any hosting or IT company you can hire to do your WordPress Backup. Cloud Storage providers have millions of customers, each with their individual needs and security awareness. Their business is on a global scale, ready for anything. Hosting companies have a fraction of that data stored and much fewer customers and issues. Their business is on a national scale, ready for anything that country is used to. IT companies have a mear fraction of customers (compared to a hosting company, and even uncomparable to Cloud Storage providers).
3rd ADVANTAGE: While IT/Hosting companies understand security, they mostly lack the physical hardware to enforce it safely. Serious business from hosting and IT sector always use big Cloud Storage providers for the storage needs when they outsource their services to end users. Your cost contains their know-how and the Cloud Storage providers fees for storage space.
You can never foresee where you are when an urgent restore need arrives. Also, you can never foresee what kind of gadgets you have on you when an urgent restore need arrives. This is where Cloud Storage accounts come handy.
4th ADVANTAGE: They can be accessed from any device with internet capabilities and a browser (phone, tablet, pc, laptop). Even from public devices, but use caution: browse only in incognito mode; always log out after your finish and clear everything from that browser! All your backups, individually stored and easily recognizable at your fingertips – no matter where you
5th ADVANTAGE: You can add permissions on the fly. There is really no need to have a few employees always accessing your entire library of WordPress Backups, since ever. Let’s not mention a 3rd party external team, hired for these tasks. When the need arises, you just share the latest archive ONLY to that specific person in charge of the restore. And you withdraw that permission after the restore process is finished.
6th ADVANTAGE: Having two backups is better, than one. Having a backup stored in the cloud offers you the liberty of restoring no matter what happens to your server. It IS a safety net for your local backups and the last hope for your WordPress.
7th ADVANTAGE: Dedicated backup service providers charge much much more for that amount of storage space. The difference is between managed and Do It Yourself services. However, since backups run automatically – makes more sense to hire a professional to set up your recurrent cycles and test it from time to time.
8th ADVANTAGE: Many service providers hold hostage user data when discussions trail into contradictions or misunderstandings. From hosting providers to IT/SEO/marketing service providers use this tactic of user lock-in. Since you have a full copy of everything YOU OWN, then any arguments they have regarding your data is irrelevant.
9th ADVANTAGE: Just switch your service provider company immediately and discuss with them why they did not DELETE ALL YOUR DATA IMMEDIATELY as you migrated from their services. Your data, your terms. Enforced by law, not by petty thinking.