How to Backup Websites on Amazon S3

By Posted 2015 Updated   BloggingDomain HostingSecurity

It is always a good idea to backup your website on a location other than your server, and Amazon S3 is a useful storage option safely hosted by the powerful Amazon servers. The last tutorial explained how to backup websites on your hosting server, and this tutorial guides you how to back up another copy of your server on Amazon S3.

Amazon S3 Backup

Here is how we back up our Websites on the Amazon S3 alternate backup storage destination.

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First you need to create an Amazon S3 account with Amazon Web Services, which will allow you to create ‘buckets’ which can reliably store content. Amazon S3 is a highly rated service for super reliable storage across different data centres, and offers very cheap storage rates which will attract many site owners. The cost of storage is $0.0300 per GB for the first terabyte of data, and since our backup is around 6 GB, it costs us just a few cents a month!

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I already had an Amazon web services (AWS) account as were hosting theme images/CSS on Amazon S3 and using the Amazon CloudFront service to work as a content delivery network for faster resource delivery and a faster site. So this was just another quick step to configure this setup.

Remember you will also need to create security options in Amazon S3 and get the Access key ID and the Secret access key which will allow your server to communicate with Amazon S3 bucket and store your backups easily. Initially I thought that Amazon S3 will continue to store all older backups as well, and backups will continue to occupy more space, but it actually syncs to create the same backup folders as on the server.

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Once you have filled in all the requisite values, then save and validate the destination, and your Amazon S3 backups will start on the next Server backup schedule. So do remember to backup your server on Amazon S3 … Takes only a few minutes, but can save your website one fine day.


15 comments on “How to Backup Websites on Amazon S3

  1. Rahul says:

    Hey Nice tutorial for backing up any website on Amazon S3.

    Usually many webmasters avoid taking backup of their site. This may be harmful in certain cases like unknown hacking attempt or virus or malware attack or simply data corruption in web directory.

    Platforms like WordPress has even easier backup procedure with help of backup plugins. WPB2D is one such plugin that lets backup your complete database automatically to Dropbox.

    Thanks for sharing this useful stuff with us.

  2. Devi says:

    Thanks for your instructions, its really information to all.

  3. red dot says:

    Your site is quite fine and info is really usefull. Thanks for share your idea.

  4. Rajeev Joshi says:

    This is nice and the prices are very low and affordable and the process is also very easy.
    Thanks for sharing this useful post.

  5. addrea says:

    indeed, I found this article helpful, thorough and well-written. Thanks!

  6. Neha says:

    this article is very help for us and keep sharing all the latest info about every things thanks for helping us

  7. Kawsar Ahmad says:

    Amazon S3 Backup is so nice.
    Nice tutorial for backing up any website on Amazon S3. Usually many webmasters avoid taking backup of their site. This may be harmful in certain cases like unknown hacking attempt or virus or malware attack or simply data corruption in web directory. Platforms like WordPress has even easier backup procedure with help of backup plugins.

  8. Grace says:

    Your tutorial guide is wonderful and easy steps to follow. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Celeb says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ll try Amazon S3 to backup my websites. Seems really affordable.

  10. rahul says:

    Thanks for this informative post. I had a blogging friend whose site was hacked. But luckily he had a back up of all his data. I think many bloggers are still neglecting it.

  11. Estate says:

    Thank you for the guide on backing up with Amazon S3. I don’t have too much experience with Amazon and their S3 component. Does this part only work with your website if you have an Amazon AWS account?

  12. dipen says:

    Thank you for the guide on backing up with Amazon S3. I don’t have too much experience with Amazon and their S3 component. Does this part only work with your website if you have an Amazon AWS account?

  13. Dipak Shirsath says:

    Hi P Chandra, You have nice technique to backup website on Amazon S3. This is Very important and You have nicely explained it to understand and easy to implement. Thank You.

  14. Rohit Gaikwad says:

    Nice article to backup our website for safety purpose. and steps are also very easy.
    Its helpful for preventing our website from data lost.
    thanks for sharing.

  15. Pabitra says:

    Nice Tutorial . I was searching for how to backup my blog and i Got the solution here . thanks for this tutorial

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