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How To Save Your Bacon With WooCommerce Backup

If you’re one of those 3.8 million ecommerce stores powered by WooCommerce, there’s no need to sell you on its features. You already know that it makes the creation and management of an online store so easy that you can go from business idea to execution fast. It even keeps track of inventory, manages payments and taxes, and handles shipping.

WooCommerce is one of the best ecommerce plugins for your WordPress site, but unfortunately, like all things digital, your store can also crash at the worst times. It happened to Amazon when Prime Day began in July 2018, and it could happen to you too. In this article, we’ll talk about how to save your crispy bacon behind with WooCommerce backup.

Why you need to back up your store

This one should be a no-brainer, but a lot of site owners don’t back up their websites, either regularly or at all. They rely on their host to take care of those details, only to discover at the worst possible time that their faith was misplaced.

You absolutely need a WordPress backup system in place to protect your business from the following:

Crashes are bad enough when you’re running a hobby site and have to recreate all of the updates you did since the host last ran a backup. When it’s an ecommerce site that pays the bills, you’re in serious trouble. It could take days to get back up and running, which means:

A WooCommerce backup will get your site back up and running quickly, protecting both your revenue stream and brand reputation. We’ll go into the ‘what’ and ‘how’ below.

What should your backup include?

The short answer is that it needs to include everything that will get your WooCommerce site back online and functioning the way it was before it crashed or disappeared. This includes:

A comprehensive WooCommerce backup strategy consists of the following:

How WooCommerce backup works

Here’s a tip: WooCommerce sites can’t always be backed up like regular sites.

When you install the WooCommerce plugin, it adds a custom table to your database. This table contains mission-critical information like customer orders, shipping details, and tax rates, but a lot of backup systems are not designed to detect it and include it during a routine backup of your files and database. Therefore, you need a backup that is customized for WooCommerce.

Tip number two: you need real-time backup. Ecommerce sites are constantly active: during any given hour, you might have customers buying things, entering their contact information, and making purchases. Even with hourly backups, you risk losing order data, so implement a backup system that goes into action whenever any changes occur on your WooCommerce site.

Once you’ve got the right backup solution in place, here are some additional ways that you can minimize data loss:


When you run a WooCommerce site, frequent backups should be a regular part of routine site management. Not only does your site have multiple processes running at any given time, but it contains a lot of important data about customer orders, vendor relationships, and more. You have an obligation to keep your customers’ information secure, and any losses can have legal repercussions.

Remember: a well-run WooCommerce site is an investment that you need to protect. Great products and stellar service will put food on your table, while routine backups will save your bacon.

Vincent Bucciachio Author

Vincent is the founder and CEO at SociallyInfused Media. A forward-thinking digital marketing agency based in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. In his spare time, he likes arguing with people online and streaking.

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