Have you ever accidentally deleted a file or folder on your computer? More than likely I’d bet. Fortunately, you’re saved by the fact that computers have Recycle bins. Web servers: not so much. If you delete something, it’s much more difficult to retrieve.
If you get into the groove of doing work on your server, you can quite easily delete your backups without even thinking, by forgetting that they’re contained within a particular folder that seems innocent enough to delete.
This is where off-site backups come in. Aside from not putting all of your eggs in one basket (one point of failure), having a write-only off-site location where you’re sending your backups enables you to rest in the knowledge that there’s always a recent copy of your site away from where you would ever be messing around with files. [Read more…] about Why off-site backups are so important