CodeGuard Review: Free Cloud Site Backup

If you have ever had your site hacked or mistakenly overwritten pages with bad code, CodeGuard may be just what you are looking for and its free.

I have had many sites over the years that through some error on my part or through hacking that did not look right or function. It usually had me rummaging through my desktop looking for a previous version and though most of the times I found one there were a couple of occasions when I had to do a lot of work to get something close to the old site up.

CodeGuard takes that stress away - and here I have to hold back writing this like a love letter. It will back up your site for free.

If you want numerous sites or are an agency the company also has paid versions with more storage space and how many times it backs up your site.

As company founder Jonah Stein said "you can't stop hackers or malware so avoid the pain for yourself and your clients."

Stein said he got the idea of developing the site after too many days of recreating overwritten code and dealing with site hacks.

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CodeGuard acts as your 'in the cloud' back up - though not an advanced version system which many large online companies use - this is a handy way to have your site backed up every hour, day or week. "When disaster strikes, use CodeGuard to easily roll back the changes. It'll be like nothing ever happened!" the site states.

"Because CodeGuard keeps every version of your web site ó clean or compromised ó in its secure repository, our proprietary algorithms will know, in as little as a few minutes, if your online presence has been altered without your permission," the site explained.

The free level allows one site and 250 MB of storage, but for $10 a month you get a gig and multiple sites covered.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.