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Read this it could save your Site / Blog from vanishing forever

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by roberteb, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. roberteb

    roberteb Regular Member

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    I'm sure being smart people you all backup your Blogs / Websites dont you? If you don't I suggest you stop what you're doing and go do it now because relying on your Webhost to do it can be a big mistake.

    What would happen if they can't restore for you or if they suspend your account you'd be up the creek without a paddle.

    So all of you who do backup there servers are now looking smug am I right?

    Well let me tell you a story

    1) One of my sites that earns me a small amount of cash starts acting weird and although not a WP expert I know a little but I couldn't fix it so I'm thinking maybe the site has been hacked (it wasn't as it happened but I'm paranoid)

    2) No problem I thinks looking fondly at my weekly backups nice and safe on my computer I'll just restore my Blog back to 4 days ago (latest backup) and as I'd only added a couple of posts I'd be back up in no time.

    3) I locate the latest tar.gz file and fire up 7-zip to locate WP Blog and database and start to extract what I want. Half way through I get some sort of CRC error and the damn thing stops :eek:

    4) My smug look is slipping as I try it again - still no joy. Hunts around for tools that will repair said file no luck :(

    5) Now I'm getting worried I locate the next backup (now I have to go 11 days back) and sigh with relief all extracts fine and I restore Blog weirdness gone just have to reinput 10 Blog posts.

    Action Points:

    1) If you've never backed up your server DO IT NOW
    2) Make sure your .zip .gz file is not corrupt by extracting it somewhere on your computer.
    3) Every month or so take your backup and restore it on a test domain. This will ensure that you know how to do it and that you're not missing any files.

    You've been warned :D
     
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  2. parlenk

    parlenk Junior Member

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    well..this is the first rule when you running a website .. :)
     
  3. ven0m

    ven0m Registered Member

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    i agree with it.
    BTW good post.:)

    looks like i am one of the smart one who backup their files.:D
     
  4. emil4008

    emil4008 Junior Member

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    How do you backup your site? Are you using FTP program to download all of your files or using some wordpess pluging to do the job?
     
  5. ryanhackmachine

    ryanhackmachine Regular Member

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    2 days ago my website was disabled by google i wish i have read this earlier now im still working to get my website back, im new into this i never thought it would happen, from now on i will make a back up on each website i have
     
  6. roberteb

    roberteb Regular Member

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    It depends on your host but I do two different types of backup.

    1) From each account once a week I do a Full Website Backup (From Cpanel) - With that I can easily either restore a single site (Manually) or move the whole account to another host - either give them the file and they'll do it or if you have access it's fairly straight forward to do it yourself. This has the advantage of restoring everything including Mysql / Email accounts / forwarders etc.

    2) I use FTP to then download to my PC (It could be automated but I do it manually)

    3) For my Wordpress money sites I use BackupBuddy to take weekly backup which It then uploads to Amazon S3. I don't use this on all my Blogs just the important ones.

    4) I then backup my local machine

    It's a once a week job and I spend the time willingly. It's saved my ass on many occasions and is worth every min I spend doing it. One day when my PHP coding is up to scratch I may automate it but anyway I like to do it manually cos then I know it's been done.
     
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  7. Markbh

    Markbh Regular Member

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    Regardless of warnings, most of us only learn to appreciate the value of a backup once we've lost a site.

    Before that, it seems theoretical and something very unlikely to affect us.
     
  8. oinky222

    oinky222 Regular Member

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    i highly recommend BackUp Buddy for backing up your site. its one of the most valuable plugins out there and can duplicate a site in seconds
     
  9. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    backups are great... once i had a small problem with redirecting and hostgator was helping me... after I could log back into the server, i noticed that they changed so much stuff that most of the sites didn't even work anymore lol... for some reason the dude changed my folder names, etc
    Anyway, a backup was a blessing that day.
     
  10. m0nster

    m0nster Senior Member

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    good reminder. sometimes your focused on the tricky complicated stuff and you forget the simple things =] thanks
     
  11. Florist88

    Florist88 Newbie

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    Use this plugin to backup your WP files and db to your dropbox account: WordPress Backup to Dropbox