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Backup my system before I make changes?
Brian Barlow

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February 27, 2014 - 5:53 am
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How do I backup my system before I make changes or add an extension? And how do I restore that backup if I need it?

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Matthew Ogborne

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February 27, 2014 - 1:03 pm
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Hi Brian,

See this video guide if you’re using SimpleServers:
https://understandinge.com/tutorial/ss-0002/

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Matthew groom

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March 1, 2014 - 7:14 pm
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hi,

i have had a system crash after installing an extension (one page checkout) – i had to ask simple servers to restore it for me as it had corrupted my MySQL database.

for future ref, is there any automatic backup you can do of the mangento system, including this? i have downloaded a backup of the full, mysql and home directory so i can restore if needed (using this guide), but an automatic solution would be great as i am rubbish at this sort of thing if not automated (all my personal stuff sits on dropbox so i do not have to worry about it).

Any ideas, as the crash left my website down for 12 hrs (but simple servers are very responsive).

ps , thanks for your great website – i have http://yaffasales.co.uk up and running on simple servers using magento (used your promo code), and have used M2EPro to get products on amazon and ebay – just managed to follow your tutorial on ebay templates, so my listings look more professional now… but feel i have lots to learn still!

thanks

matthew

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Matthew Ogborne

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March 2, 2014 - 11:18 am
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Hi Matthew,

Ouchy, when adding any extension, a full backup needs to be in place just in case of a “brown moment”. See this video guide https://understandinge.com/tutorial/ss-0002/ for the steps to do prior to adding an extension, as if worst case happens, you have a very recent backup to use.

Matt

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Calum Roberts
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March 2, 2014 - 4:18 pm
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You can setup scheduled backups in magentos backend, im sure i saw it there. Also can you not schedule backups through cpanel.

Remember to save the backupo on your own computer, dont leave it on the server. I made that mistake and lost everything, had to restart from scratch and rebuild the website, played havoc with my google rankings

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Matthew Ogborne

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March 5, 2014 - 2:59 pm
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Howdy,

Yes you can setup scheduled backups within Magento, the settings for this are in System > Configuration > System > Scheduled Backup Settings.

You will need an active cron setup (covered in this guide https://understandinge.com/tutorial/m2e-0007/ ).

The hosting provider you’re using should be keeping backups for you, however the best way of thinking of these is “worst case scenario” and as Calum suggests, having your own copies, stored outside of the hosting is advisable.

Hope that helps,

Matt

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Calum Roberts
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March 5, 2014 - 4:32 pm
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Yes, always a good idea. My last disaster lost me the entire site. Unfortunately the backup from simple servers was corrupted, and the latest backup i had was of an older one that i was replacing due to some extensions i was trying to get rid of.

In the end it worked out ok, thankfully i was able to clean up the old backup and continue from there.

Big lesson learned.

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