When to delete old WordPress backups

I noticed my client has hundreds of WordPress backups spanning from 2020. Is it safe to delete them with client permission? When is it safe to delete backups? When is it appropriate to delete and when is it appropriate to transfer them off-server?

5 Comments
  1. When it becomes prohibitive to manage them.

    You never want to only have your most recent backup because you may need to roll things back further. Hundreds is a bit excessive, but one a month is fine. It also depends on what you’re doing. If it’s a massive site you need to be smart with it, if it’s tiny then you can backup more.

  2. >Is it safe to delete them with client permission? When is it safe to delete backups?

    Does the client have a use case were they will need to restore from a point in 2020? If not, help them create a backup policy that works for them. We tend to backup on the first of the month and keep it for 2 – 3 months, backup every Monday keeping the last 3 of those, and also running backups every other day keeping a couple of those in rotation. It covers most needs to restore to something recent and not so recent. Also, size matters. The 100GB+ sites don’t get backed as frequently.

    >when is it appropriate to transfer them off-server?

    Always. It is a good idea to keep some backups off-site. Because if your server goes down that contains your site and your backups, you no longer have either.

  3. Unless there is some reason to keep the data from back that far then I’d delete it and save some space (possibly cash depending on your server account). I suppose there could be some reason to keep that but most likely I’d say remove it and keep maybe a month or so of backups.

 

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