Backing up your data on your website is a very important thing to do for website owners. There can be many reasons why a host server may crash or the data on the web hosting server wiped. In such situations, not having a backup can be a huge disaster, especially for business or marketing websites. Thus, backing up your web host data is a very vital thing for website owners to do.
One simple method of doing so would be to use server backup software. With server backup software, you are able to allocate various time periods for the server to do backup jobs, with each session accomplishing a different job. You can backup your hard disk, single folders, or even individual files; also, you can backup all removable hard drives. With a server backup software, you can easily meet the needs of your website with regards to server backups. Server backup software works by saving a copy of all the files in your server to a zip file which it then stores. For each task there is a unique zip file saved, but one task can contain more than a single file or folder.
Another option would be to use the backup tools which come with the operating system on your computer. Most modern operating systems come with backup tools for you to use. Getting your files in order, storing them all in one location and then using the backup tools to perform a hard drive backup would be a simpler way to backup the files that you need without the use of additional extra software. Of course, this would not work if you work on the website from many different computers, but the fact that you can perform the backup without the use of any extra software makes it suitable for the uses of smaller website owners who work from a single computer.
The last and easiest option would likely to be for you to copy all the files into a single external hard drive. While this may seem like a primitive option, and also does not allow you to automate the backup process like with the other methods, it is a simple and easy way to backup the files you need if you keep them all in a single location. Just a copy and paste will complete the backup process for you. Of course, the files will be larger than with other forms of backup, and it will only work with smaller websites due to the size of the external hard drive, it is a one step method to simply and quickly back up your data.
All in all, the method that you choose will be highly dependent on the size of your website. The larger the website, you may have to use proper server backup software in order to complete the backup process. Smaller websites can use the backup tools that come with the OS, or simply a cut and paste of the files involved in the website itself.