Backups and versions

Back up your work! and save versions! Backups are not quite the same as versions, but both are important.

Backups

Keep backups: copies of your files that reside on different physical devices. A good backup plan involves duplicating your work across three different storage devices, kept in two separate locations.

  1. Laptop
  2. USB thumb drive
  3. Dropbox

Versions

Also, save versions of your files as they progress so that you can return to a previous stage of work if it turns out that the earlier approach was better, and so that you can show your process.

You might keep versions by numbering files:

Or by putting dates on files:

Websites

Remember, are a closely interdependent collection of HTML, CSS, image, and (perhaps) JavaScript files. None of these files is particularly useful by itself. When you make backups or versions of a website, keep a copy of the entire project folder. You can ZIP-compress the folder if you’d like to keep your hard drives tidy.