Always Backup Your Site

I came into work, with an idea. I wanted to add a sidebar to this blog. I love the Twenty Twenty theme, that I’m using, but a blog needs a sidebar.

Without a clear way to just add it, I turned to the Goog. There I found a plugin that would work with Twenty Seventeen. It said it was compatible with the latest WordPress version, so installed it.

Well, to make a slightly long story very short. It totally borked my site template.

Luckily my host has daily backups. and I remembered to quickly copy the previous post into Word before restoring the site to yesterday’s glory.

All this said, a very important lesson can be taught. Backup your sites people! Even if it’s just for safety and do it weekly.

My suggestion is to either find a hosting provider that does it for you (daily is best) or get a plugin like Updraft Plus to do it for you.

And if you don’t normally work on your site daily, you can do weekly, but remember to do a backup prior to messing around with anything.

Today’s minor bump in the road could have been adverted, albeit it only slightly, by doing a quick manual backup prior to mucking around.

So that’s what I got. Go backup your site! Right now. What are you waiting for!

Oh, and if the sidebar isn’t on the blog yet it means I’m still figuring out how to add it.

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