Updated July 14, 2011Doc Sheldon
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about protecting your site against spammers, hackers and malware, and specifically mentioned Website Defender. I later came back and added a note to that post that I had encountered an apparent conflict between Website Defender and my platform, so I deactivated WD until I could get to the bottom of it.
In the meantime, though, Aussiewebmaster posted a comment there, recommending that I look at CodeGuard, as a good backup system.
I checked it out, and liked what I saw. So before I go any further, let me toss Aussiewebmaster a thank you and a tip of my sombrero for the heads-up!
CodeGuard offers three different account levels, the Free, which is priced accordingly, and allows up to 1GB of storage for one site, the Basic, which is a whopping ten bucks per month, also with up to 1GB of storage, but for an unlimited number of sites, and the Pro, which allows an unlimited number of sites, and unlimited storage. The Pro account has an innovative pricing structure that seems to me to be very reasonable… 20% of whatever your hosting costs are. Considering what you get, I think that’s a pretty good deal.
I reached out to the folks at CodeGuard and got a very quick response, offering me a Pro account for evaluation purposes. So I’ll be doing a detailed review here, after I get a chance to put their system through its paces.
Just to whet your interest, though, here’s how CodeGuard works, in a nutshell:
You give them FTP access to your server (which they protect, presumably with their lives)
You decide how often you want them to back up your site, and to what level. 100%, database only – you decide. Hourly, daily, weekly – you decide.
You go about running your site as you normally would.
If they detect any changes, they immediately alert you by email. And if disaster should strike, you just let them know, and they roll you back to your latest backup.
They have some other interesting features, too,but I’m going to wait until I can give it a test drive to get into any more detail. For now, let’s just say CodeGuard looks very interesting, and seems to be well worth a closer look.
Keep an eye out for my review in the next couple of weeks. I think you’ll find it interesting.
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