How To Shit-Proof Your Baby’s Bed

Dan Uyemura
August 30, 2016
TLDR;

If you are on a system that has periodic issues, don't wait until catastrophic failure to backup your system data. Here's some steps on how to do this.

It’s 1am, and your 3 year old has a massive stomach bug. You’re not sure what’s going on, but you’re about 90% certain he’s either going to have a blow out or puke on the brand new mattress you bought him a few months ago.In times like these, it would be prudent to take the time to shit-proof your bed. Don’t leave anything to fate or luck.While no one ever knows when a disaster might strike, it’s always keen to be prepared in case a disaster does strike. After all, you never know when one routine system update might completely take your system offline.

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Planning For Doomsday

Every system, including PushPress is presumably built upon redundant and secure backup systems and procedures, but if you lack confidence in this - it would be best to take matters in your own hands.The best plan of attack is to have redundant backups ready, in the event of any catastrophic failure. Below are a few things you can implement to have this backup ready.

  1. Make frequent backups of your membership roster. More than likely your management system offers a download of your membership roster. This should include client information as well as what membership plan they are on, the last/next billing dates, and other pertinent information you might need to recreate your member roster. If your system allows for this, create a schedule where you download your data periodically and save the file with a name including the date you downloaded it, so you will have quick and easy reference if you need it. Hopefully this is a single file to download like PushPress has and not digging through multiple reports to get this.
  2. Bookmark the system “backup URL”. This should be actually step 1b. Just in case your system ever disables the ability to export your member data, bookmark the URL you used to generate the report in step 1. Often times, in less secure systems, links will simply be removed from navigation, but the destination pages will still exist. Some companies have the belief that they own your data, and might remove downloadable backup links at any time. Bookmark the report URL as a backup measure to this.
  3. Sync to Mailchimp. If your platform allows for it, connect and sync to any other third party “list” system. This will allow you keep a separate list of member information hosting elsewhere that should be updated in semi-real time fashion. Again, hopefully this 3rd party list auto updates as new members come in like PushPress does it, not a manual process.
  4. Remove all sensitive information and save your backups to a cloud drive. Make sure to remove any information that might be sensitive and then have it saved to a cloud storage solution. This will enable you to access your backups from anywhere and you remove the possibility of losing your backups due to a local hard drive failure.

Ultimately, it’s your systems job to keep your data intact and your business operational. However, just like in real life, it is your job to make sure you have contingencies planned for in the event the zombies come. The less confidence you have in your system, the more important it is to heed your intuition and plan for the potential. Better safe than sorry!Click Here To See How PushPress Is BetterIf you would like to spend 10 minutes on a quick phone call with us and see if PushPress can be a better solution for you - we would love to talk to you! In over 3 years of operation, our uptime is an astounding 99.9953% and we do not believe extended or unexpected downtime is acceptable.

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Dan Uyemura

Dan Uyemura built his first gym in 2008. Since then he's built and sold a couple of gyms. In 2011 Dan decided to help gym owners run more stable, profitable businesses.

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