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This course presents the WordPress Multisite feature, which allows web site designers and administrators to create a network of sites and blogs from a single installation of WordPress. Author Justin Seeley covers installing the network components, configuring their web server/hosting environment, using the Multisite Network Administration panel, managing users, and backing up, migrating, and restoring a multisite installation.
One of the most important things you can do as a network administrator is create a backup of your web site. Take it from somebody who's been there. If you don't create backups of your web site, you are going to be hurting down the road. It's unbelievable how important backing up your web site can be. Number one, it gives you peace of mind. That way you know your site is always backed up, and you can always get back to a normal state if anything happens to it. It's the easiest way to help you get yourself back online in the case of a crash or even a malware attack.
In the past couple of years, as my blogs have become more popular, my sites have been under constant attack. And if it wasn't for the backups that I have created, I wouldn't have been able to get those sites back up within a day or even a week. Backing up your site also allows you to quickly move your site from server to server, especially if you use a plug-in that specializes in WordPress backups. This is also a great way to archive your content. You have spent a lot of time into cultivating this awesome blog network of yours. You have got photos, posts, maybe videos, all kinds of things that you don't want to lose.
Therefore why wouldn't you back it up? We back up our photos on a hard drive, we back up our hard drives, why don't we back up our web sites? It's great for archival purposes and great for security as well. If you want to ensure your WordPress site is secure and always in a safe place, you need to use a backup system. Now, there are ton of backup systems out there, and you can use any one of the automated backup systems you want. There are also several great WordPress plug-ins that provide backup solutions. In future movies, I'll discuss exactly which plug-ins I use personally and tell you how to use them and why they are the best at what they do.
But for now just know, it's so important to backup your web site and if you don't already have a solution in place, you should really think about mapping that out, because once you have that backup system in place, you are going to have peace of mind and a secure awesome web site that you can enjoy for months, years, or 10 years to come. It will be the most important step you ever take to managing your web site.
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