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  • Which is the best way to backup?

    Dear vbulletin staff !

    I would like to ask that which is the best way to backup full vbulletin forum (files + database) My forum is hosted on a dedicated server but I heard that Cpanel backup is not the proper way. Is that true. Which is the best practice to do backup and is there any tutorial that I can read.

    Also , I have backed up my forum through Cpanel and the file name is urdu.tar.gz. Is it the full backup or just the files?

  • #2
    I have tested the CPanel backups and they work fine. Make sure you backup both the site and the database.

    The recommended method of backing up and restoring a database is with shell access via telnet or ssh. Please see the instructions here:

    Backup:
    http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/m...nce_ssh_backup

    Restore:
    http://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/m...ce_ssh_restore
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    • #3
      The best way to backup is through the shell.
      You can use a cron script that makes automated (archived) daily backups, or you can run a mysql command to dump the data to a .sql file. Instructions for the latter (manual backup) can be found in the 'techn. documents' appendix here http://www.vBulletin.com/docs/html

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Steve Machol
        I have tested the CPanel backups and they work fine. Make sure you backup both the site and the database.
        How can I backup both site and database? Is that the link which says full backup?

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        • #5
          Not sure what CPanel considers a 'Full backup'. However a 'Home Directory' backup should backup all your web site files and the 'MySQL Database Backup' will backup the databases you choose.
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          • #6
            Realistically, you only need to backup your non-database files when anything changes. So having a "master" of those on CD would be fine. Thedatabase should be backed up daily, and preferably mirrored as well (for extra redundancy).

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            • #7
              Ok if I ever decide to move to a new host I will need to download all the forum and then back up the database if understand this right. Why is telnet better than a manual back up of the database?

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              • #8
                i got a question regarding backup of the db when i use the backupdatabase from admin panel of vbulletin i get a 30meg file but when u backup via ssh i get only a 17meg files can someone explein me this ?

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                • #9
                  The mysqldump backup will always be optimized and smalller. This is normal.
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