Codeguard is a website backup application that allows users to recover from costly data disasters at the click of a button. The application takes regular “snapshots” of the user’s website data and uses those to restore the website in the event that it suffers from unwanted changes. Codeguard also offers daily e-mail updates which inform users when webpages have undergone changes. Users may either confirm that the changes were legitimate or click a link which says the changes were not legitimate, which allows users to restore the earliest clean version at the touch of a button. This guards users against server crashes, hackers, and other webpage disasters. It also helps users stay in compliance with ISP terms of service which usually require webmasters to back up their web pages.Show more screenshots »
Codeguard was founded in 2012 by David Moeller and is rapidly gaining both popularity and buzz as well as millions of dollars in funding. It’s been featured by CNet, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, and The Washington Post.
Codeguard is reminiscent of apps which back up individual user’s computers, but it offers the ability to capture all of the features and functions of the user’s website. It has also distinguished itself by offering the daily updates on change activity, which will even catch a change if it is as simple as a hacker inserting malware into the user’s site.
Codeguard can either be installed with FTP protocol or through a simple WordPress plugin. Users then have to register and add an API key. It’s very easy to use and the site is very clean. The whimsical site art makes it a fun app to interact with even though it has a serious purpose. Even someone who is not technically inclined can use this application.
As of this writing Codeguard’s site was partially down and registrations were closed. It’s possible to make some guesses about it, including the need to choose a service plan and to add the websites that the user wants to monitor.
The basic plan offers 2 GB of storage; users only have to pay if they actually need the data that’s been backed up, at which point they will need to pay $25 to restore their site. The paid plan offers 10 GB at a rate of $20.00 for the first site and $5.00 for each subsequent site. Users can pay monthly or annually; the annual plan offers a 50% discount. The paid plan offers an automatic restore. Both plans offer daily monitoring and daily e-mail alerts.
Every person who owns a website would benefit from using Codeguard, even if their website is very small. Nobody is immune from hackers and other disasters. Lost website data means lost time, lost money, Google blacklisting and lost customers. In some extreme cases a website disaster could even drive a person right out of business. There’s simply no good reason not to use Codeguard once the site is functional once more. It is a simple idea that fills a really big need.