The cloud storage is the best place to backup your website. If your server is down or deleted your backups are not lost. You do not have to manage backups in your hard drive at your office. The FTP (Files Transfer Protocol) is one of the oldest way to transfer files using TCP/IP between hosts. With Website 2 Backup you can do automatic website files and databases backup and restorations from FTP.
You can have free cloud storage on FTP servers, we will see here the solutions.
1Go of free FTP storage on DriveHQ
DriveHQ is the only cloud IT solution provider we have found allowing the use of FTP and offering free storage. It is a professional service offering a high level of security and reliability.
Unlimited free FTP storage on your other web hosting
Nowadays many web hosting offer unlimited web storage. In reality they are limited by the allowed number of files, that can be 200,000 files, this quantity vary from one web host to another. In all the cases it is enough to store backups. Even if the terms of service do not allow the storage of backups, they are accommodating if you website used for storage is active. We have used this solution since years without any problem, of course we do not abuse of it, the majority of our websites use less than 2Go for 1 month of backups.
You can use the web hosting of A store the backups of B and the web hosting of B to store the backups of A.
Free web hosting the false good idea
There are many free web hosts offering an FTP access. But they allow the storage of files used exclusively by the website, it is written in bold in many of their TOS. You can try them but at your own risk. The only free web host without specification about that is Zymic
Zymic offers 6Go of space, it limits the size of files to 15Mo. We do not have tried those services, we cannot recommend them.
Advices for the Website Backup to FTP
Do not transfer files to the public part of the hosting. Create a new folder for the backups at the root of your FTP access.
As FTP is not encrypted we strongly recommend to use the encryption functionality of W2B to protect your data during transfer and on servers.
Do a 2Mo split of the archives, by this way you have the guaranty to have good transfers during the maximum execution time of your server.