Here's a tutorial on how to back up your Wix website, since there is no formal way to backup your site external to the platform.
Wix platform backups
While you can duplicate your site at any time within the Wix platform, if you want a copy of your site in case you lose access to it or need to rebuild it on a different platform, you have to do it yourself. You can follow these steps to make sure you have all the information from your website saved. I recommend backing up your site every time you make significant changes to the content.
When making changes
How should you back up the changes when you edit your site?
- If you're adding a blog post, keep a copy of the blog post in your files
- If you're changing the website's layout or styling, then it is time for another backup
- Backups should be frequent for online stores or other sites with frequently changing data
1. Make a Visual Record of your site
- Take screen captures of all the main pages of your website - Home, About, Contact, Services, Blog, Store, etc
- If you have tons of blog posts or products, take screen captures of at least a few to see the layout and style of those pages
- Make sure you include categories pages, archive pages, galleries, etc
- For screen captures: FireShot is a free Chrome Extension that will take a full page screen capture, so you have the whole, full-length page in one image
- Alternative: Use Loom, Zoom, or a similar tool to record video of your screen as you go through each page of your website
2. Back up your content and your styling
- Copy the text from your website into files and save them, preferably locally and to the cloud
- Include your home page content, About, Services, and any other main pages
- Also include your blog posts, product descriptions, etc
- Include anything you wouldn't want to have to type again
- Make a brand style file and save it
- Include your brand colors (use the hex codes or rgb values)
- Include your fonts and any other brand identity information
- Make sure you save original files for all your graphics or photos
3. Export your data from your website dashboard
- Download the data available from your website platform
- Website traffic statistics
- Sales reports
- Customer information
- Email marketing information
- Email list
- Any other information that you can get in a .csv file, do it
- Do this regularly if you have an e-commerce site, a blog, or any other type of site where the information changes frequently
And don't forget to check your backups! Test them and make sure they work!
Do you back up your website?