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  • The enterprise I work for is on the verge of embracing WordPress, but disaster management is the main area of concern. It’s especially difficult in an environment where other developers are proposing other applications like Umbraco and SharePoint and arguing that these applications are “enterprise level and more secure”, implying that WordPress is not.

    I have looked at VaultPress, but the issue with that is 1) justifying the spend and 2) justifying the movement of data to a third party grid.

    I have also considered using MySQL replication over our multiple sites and this seems to be the best option for data, but doesn’t help with files, themes and plugins.

    I’d like to discuss and learn what solutions this community has put in place – just at a high level please so we don’t reveal too much detail about your disaster plans. I’d like to know if I’m missing something that I can take to my peers to persuade them that WordPress is an application that we can embrace securely and safely.

    Thanks in advance.

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  • For an enterprise with disaster recovery plans – wouldn’t the entire server already be replicated?

    That would be my first option – why worry about applucation level backups if the entire server is being duplicated – that’s gonna capture every file

    I’d also assume that, at this level, you’d be running development and live servers separately so that you could test out plugins & updates first.

    For general security issues, start with

    Hey Mike,

    Totally understand where you’re coming from. When WordPress comes up in enterprise discussion, low cost and ROI are the strongest points, IMO. You’re not going to find as widespread support for CMSes like Umbraco, and SharePoint is so far beyond a CMS it’s not even funny. (I’ve worked with the latter.) SharePoint support will also cost you an arm and a leg due to the cost of software and training. Gotta love Microsoft certifications, eh?

    For WP disaster recovery, there are two things to keep in mind:

    1.) Environment setup. esmi mentioned it already, make sure you have a three stage workflow (dev > staging > production) to protect the integrity of your production environment.

    2.) Backups. Fairly simple in WordPress, you want to replicate the file system and database on a regular basis. BackupBuddy is a popular 3rd party alternative to Vault Press.

    I hope this helps a bit.

    Thanks for the awesome contributions guys. We have snapshot capabilities, but I also needed to be able to show possibilities for MySQL replication to a number of other sites. It looks like this is possible with MySQL 5, so shouldn’t be a problem.

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