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Best way to backup a self-hosted WordPress blog using FTP and online storage at MyRepono
Sat 17-Dec-11
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Danny
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We wanted to store our daily site and database backup on another server automatically using FTP.

I searched for quite a while for a way to use free online storage services like Dropbox.

The pay-for services vary wildly in price - actually, Dropbox does give probably the best value for money.

Then I came across MyRepono and their special backup plugin for Wordpress blogs like ours. It costs literally a penny a day and you get $5 free credit to start with (£3.22 at today's exchange rate).

So I set up our account in under a minute. Then installed the plugin software on our server. Another minute I guess. The MyRepono server then connected to ours, generated a backup and stored it their server - probably another minute. Maybe 10 minutes from start to finish what with reading up and so on. But minimal configuration was required. Almost none other than entering our DB user credentials.

The web interface is clear and very easy to use. It was a great relief to see all the files and the database stored safely elsewhere on t'interweb. Real peace of mind after my mishap last week when we lost 2 or 3 days worth of forum posts.

I highly recommend this service. I think it is absolutely brilliant. ok

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Amazing how calamity can have us looking for resources to use. I backed up my computer after my son had a mishap on his, in fact I think I will just go and do it now as well. Might be an idea whistle

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Well done for finding that and I hope that you never have recourse to use it in emergency! big_laugh big_hug

I'll try that again!

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Big whooooooooshy moment......but well done (I think!) Danny okbig_laugh

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I have no idea how to back up my laptop and I don't have an external hard drive either. So there.  tongue

I'll try that again!

Sat 17-Dec-11
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No worries, Sue. The article is aimed at other bloggers with their own servers. Just doing my bit to promote a great service. Hopefully Google will pick up on it although forum content does not rank as highly on SERPS (search results pages) as do Fiona's blog articles.

We had a spate of hard disk failures at work. Three of my colleagues were hit. Now we have an automatic backup facility with Iron Mountain and all our laptops are encrypted in case one gets stolen or left in a taxi. some of our staff work on highly sensitive gov projects.

I think we should investigate a neat and simple way of helping our forumites to perform automatic backup and online storage of their computers and PCs. I might start with our Fiona's laptop. Yes indeed. New thread required.

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That sounds good Danny. I've just installed another plugin called XCloner on one of our Wordpress sites. It is set up to backup automatically at specified intervals (daily if you want) to an Amazon S3 account, which costs a few cents a month. Or actually, nothing for the moment, because they have a "12 months free" offer. Works very nicely, I'm going to set it up on a few other sites now.

Sat 17-Dec-11
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One of these days I should probably upgrade my blog/website to use more up to date software but at the moment I'm kind of stuck in the dark ages, running a script on the server to `zip' the website so I can download it at home. That reminds me, I should probably do a backup again soon...

I'm a bit better with backing up my laptop but it looks like that is another thread.

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Sat 17-Dec-11
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Remembering to do it is the problem, isn't it Mike?

Our daily DB backups were stored on a folder on our server and it was up to me to remember to download them daily. Which I did not. Just pure luck that I downloaded last Saturday's backup.

And I had not taken a backup of the images etc. since March so many of them are still missing from blog posts. Fiona has them on her laptop but the uploading feature in WordPress renames them. Like replacing spaces in the file name with a hyphen and converting the uppercase JPG extension to lower case. So we have a chore on our hands for the holiday period.

TBH I think it's worth paying a little money to have the while thing taken care of automatically.

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I was using an automatic script that emailed me the daily database backups from one of our bigger sites. But when the zipped file got up to 15 Mb, the email stopped working doh So I had to remember to download the files manually, which as Danny says, is not a good idea! It wasn't very secure anyway, so I like the automated backup to Amazon better for both those reasons.

It's true that it's easy to forget  the uploaded images as well. A busy blog can have a lot, and recreating them from scratch is not straightforward for the reason Danny mentions. So it's best to pick a plugin that will backup database and files.

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