Simply Backup Cloud Sites With CodeGuard

Website backups are imperative. And if you are a Rackspace Cloud Sites customer you know that backups are a hot topic. In fact, backups are the No. 1 feature you’ve requested for Cloud Sites – it has received well over 1,000 votes at

Today, the wait for Cloud Sites backups is over. We have partnered with CodeGuard to provide you with a powerful and intuitive website backup solution for Cloud Sites!

What is CodeGuard?

CodeGuard is an online website backup service provider that really stands out from the crowd. It offers a simple yet powerful interface so you can have your website backups setup in minutes. In addition to backing up your site, CodeGuard monitors your website for changes and will alert you when those changes occur. This is truly an exceptional feature and can help you proactively get ahead of a potentially devastating situation should your website ever become compromised.

Another interesting feature of CodeGuard is the frequency in which backups are taken. Initially, an entire backup is taken of your website. Once the initial backup is taken, additional backups are only taken on a file-by-file basis when files are changed. This is done automatically! This means you will truly have backups of what you need while reducing the amount of overly redundant backups, which can be costly and confusing to deal with.

What about my database?

CodeGuard’s got you covered! It offers the ability to easily backup your MySQL database. You simply enter your database credentials and CodeGuard will backup your databases. These backups are critical for many of the database driven websites powered by content management solutions (CMSs) such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

What about restoring the site?

CodeGuard has got you covered there as well! In the CodeGuard repository, you can access every saved backup complete with a datestamp and detailed information on each change. In seconds after you’ve selected any clean version, your live web site can be restored to the version in the repository. CodeGuard gives you the option to download a zip of your site’s contents, restore all files to a specific backup point or select specific files to restore from backup.

Why a third-party backup provider?

One word: Specialization!

CodeGuard is a specialist in the backup arena. With the ever changing technology landscape we feel that leveraging the strengths of our partners will allow us to continue to provide our customers with the best possible service.

Ok, so what about price?

We’ve negotiated some pretty aggressive pricing for our Cloud Sites customers: CodeGuard starts at only $2.50 per month for one site with additional discounts for multiple sites!

Where do I sign up?

Signup is simple, just login to the Cloud Sites Control Panel ( and click on the CodeGuard link in the “Cloud News” section in the right-hand sidebar. You can also find additional information on CodeGuard’s website at

Jereme Hancock is a Rackspace Cloud Sites Automation Engineer. He lives in San Antonio with his wonderful wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys web application development and cloud technologies.


  1. Glad to see a backup solution that looks well thought out and feature-rich, but a little disappointed it’s provided by a third party with an additional cost. I would have preferred something very basic offered by Rackspace, maybe with a freemium model to get the extra features. But now I have another company that I hope stays in business and doesn’t change their plan/pricing in the future, and I’m paying extra for the bandwidth and processing used for the regular backups they maintain.

    Don’t get me wrong–it looks like CodeGuard is an awesome service. It just seems like my hosting provider should be giving me basic backups in the cost of the hosting. And since backups is the #1 feature requested, I’d guess a lot of other Rackspace customers feel the same way.

    • Hi Ty,

      I definitely understand where you are coming from. There has been a lot of discusion around backups in Cloud Sites as I am sure you are aware.

      Cloud Sites does offer “snapshots”. See:

      While these are not explicitly guaranteed they are very useful and can come in quite handy when you just need to grab that one file that you accidentally deleted.

      When it comes to a true backup service we ultimately decided that a “specialist” was needed. Codeguard is just that! We worked closely with Codeguard to get our customers very competitve pricing and from what we are hearing the customers who have decided to try their services out are more than impressed.

      I truly appreciate your feedback. It is extremely important that we here what our customers have to say. In the end we are working to provide our customers with the best tools to meet their needs.

      Thanks again, Jereme Hancock
      Cloud Sites
      Product Manager II


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