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What is it?

Bad things happen. What if you could go back in time? That’s what backup and restore gives you.

You create a backup by regularly saving your website to a safe location. You can do it manually or set up a backup service. If something happens to your website files, use your backup to restore your site to the way it was.

What if there is malware? It can infect your website files and do nothing for a while. During that time, the malware is saved as part of your backups. Restoring your site with an infected backup puts the malware back onto your server. A disaster recovery service will remove the malware, restore your files and get your site back up and running for you.

Why do I need it?

Without a backup, you have to rebuild any file that you lose. If you lose database information, you may not be able to rebuild it. Instead, save backups on a regular schedule and use them to recover.

Disaster recovery adds the ability to have a professional remove malware and get your site back up and running.

What do I need to do?

You have to decide if you want to do your backups on your own or purchase a service to take care of it for you. Below you will find resources for both options and for disaster recovery services.

Backup your files on your own

Email:   The email backup you need can depend on regulatory and compliance for your type of business. Take a look at Back up my email, messages, or contacts data to choose what backup option is best for you. If you aren’t sure, contact our expert Guides.

Websites + Marketing:   Your site is automatically backed up when major changes occur, such as changing your theme, publishing your site or deleting a section. You can also do your own backup and restore.

Managed WordPress:   Managed WordPress includes daily backups of your files for the last 30 days and you can manually restore some or all of the files for your WordPress site.

Hosting:   Take a look at What is a website backup? It has information for the various hosting platforms that GoDaddy customers have.

Subscribe to a backup service

Websites + Marketing: Websites + Marketing includes automatic backup when major changes occur, such as changing your theme, publishing your site or deleting a section.

Managed WordPress: Managed WordPress includes daily backups of your files for the last 30 days and you can manually restore some or all of the files for your WordPress site.

Hosting: GoDaddy’s Website Backup service can take care of backing up your site and hosting files. Once you purchase the product, we need some information from you to get things set up. Configure my backups will help you.

Subscribe to a disaster recovery service

Websites + Marketing: We take care of this and fix any issues that happen with the servers that host your site.

Managed WordPress: We manage your WordPress server and will handle any recovery that is needed.

Other Hosting: Website Security will help you remove malware from your hosting and recover your site after an attack.