Disaster Recovery Contingency Planning for your WordPress website

Why do you need this?

Do you have a disaster plan in place for your family in the event of civil unrest, or a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or civil unrest?  If not, you may want to consider developing a plan for this, but I will blog about that sometime soon.

The purpose of this post is to help you develop a contingency plan for your WordPress website.

A number of things can go wrong with your website and bring it down.  If your hosting company’s servers went down for any reason including natural disaster, terrorism, or connectivity problems to the internet, your website would go down.  If you forget to pay your bill, some hosting companies will bring your website down and delete all of your files.  If your website were to get infected with spyware, malware or inappropriate content, you would want to fix this, so your customers don’t have a bad experience.  

Therefore, we should all have a WordPress Disaster Recovery Contingency plan in place.  Here is one approach:

1) Keep a clean backup of your website in Google Drive using the All-in-one WP migration plugin.

2) In the event that your website goes down due to a hosting issue or malware:

3) Sign up for a new hosting account, we recommend Siteground as we have never had a malware problem with them.  https://www.siteground.com/recommended?referrer_id=8088282

4) Update the IP addresses or custom name servers if not using email.

5) Install WordPress.

6) Install the plugin All-in-one WP Migration.

7) If Google has marked the site as having harmful content, use Google Search Console to request a review.  Note that Google may take 5 business days to take it off of the blacklist

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7)Once the domain is off the blacklist, Google will send you an email that looks something like this:

8) There are additional tools available to make sure your website is safe by going to https://dancingpandamarketing.com/check-make-sure-website-safe-browse/

9) Login into WordPress and install the All-in-one WP Migration plugin and activate it.

10) Restore the WordPress files with the All-in-one WP Migration.

11) If you need help with this, feel free to contact Chuck Hardwick at 760-579-6120