Good maintenance begins with regular backups of your website and database.
We cannot stress this enough. Good maintenance begins with regular backups of your website and database.
Many hosts do not provide a daily backup of individual websites and the ones that do typically charge a fee.
Do not rely on your web host.
It doesn't matter if you don't have a blog or don't make any changes to your website, if you want to ensure your website stays up and running you must do regular backups.
Website hacking is much more common than you think and even well-written sites using the latest design standards are vulnerable to being hacked and hijacked.
Another scenario that comes up with surprising regularity is web hosts that disappear without warning.
We have had multiple clients come to us after a host has suddenly gone out of business.
If you have a complete backup that includes your database and files, you can usually get yourself up and running on a new host in about an hour, but if you don't have those backups you will have to rebuild your website from scratch.
Do you have the time and money to rebuild your website from scratch? If the answer is no, then you need to do regular backups.
What's the best (easiest)way to do a site backup?
How you do the backup depends on how your website is hosted and if you're on a CMS.
There are too many CMS options to cover every possible scenario, but backing up your website and database is considered a routine task and is relatively easy no matter how your website is set up.
If this is something you don't have time to manage yourself, check with your web developer. Most developers offer a maintenance program as an add-on service for a nominal fee.