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Don't Be Afraid To Make Mistakes On Your Website

Our goal when first creating WebStarts was to make building and managing a website easier than it had ever been before. And while that goal has largely been achieved, just because it's easy, doesn't mean you won't make some mistakes along the way. Like anything else that's new, there's a lot to learn when it comes to building your website. Sometimes the best way to learn is by jumping in with both feet. Mistakes made when creating or editing your website don't have to be scary though. There are several ways you can add a little insurance and peace of mind when diving into the process...

Backup your website

If there is one thing you take away from this article, it's that you should be frequently backing up your website. WebStarts provides you with the ability to take backups of your complete website which you can then retore to at any point in the future. The Backup and Restore feature we provide is going to be the biggest safety net you have and should be used by anyone who builds a site with WebStarts. Whether you're making small changes here and there, or completely changing the design of your website, make sure to take backups of your website often in the event things go sideways. Click here for more information about how to use the Backup and Restore feature.

Undo Changes

Just like it says above, you can simply Undo a change you didn't intend on making. We've all used an Undo button in a software program before and are likely well aware of what it does. The Undo button found in the WebStarts website editor works like any other. Accidentally delete something you didn't want to delete? Just Undo it to get it back. Even if you've saved the page, you can still use the Undo button to 'undo' a change. However, if you were to close your browser or navigate away from the WebStarts website editor after a change, you would kill the browser session and with it, effectively 'undo' the effectiveness of the Undo button. Semantics aside, just know that the Undo button is only going to be effective for your most recent changes. If all else fails, just restore to a recent backup using the Backup and Restore feature and you'll be set.

Don't Save Your Page

WebStarts is a web-based tool that requires you to deliberately save your page after making changes to see those changes on your live website. This means that even in the face of a disaster occurring while editing your site, if you don't save the page, then that disaster doesn't really exist in terms of what others see on your site. You can edit your page to just about any degree and as long as you don't save, those changes won't be made live to the web. Backing out of the editor by navigating away or simply closing your browser should nullify any changes made, either on purpose or otherwise. Not to sound like a broken record here, but again, should you find yourself in a pickle and you've saved some changes you never intended on making, just restore your site to a previously backed up version using the Backup and Restore feature and you'll be good. 

Don't be afraid to make mistakes on your website. You can be sure that mistakes will be made. However, if you prepare accordingly by understanding and implementing the above, you can dive right into the process without any fear.