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Exploring backup plug-ins


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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

with Justin Seeley

Video: Exploring backup plug-ins

I have already stated that backing up your web site is probably one of the most important things you will ever do as a network administrator. And in order to create good backups of your web site, you'll probably need to use a plug-in. Lucky for you, there are ton of options out there on the Internet, but there are two that shine above all of the rest, especially when it comes to WordPress backups. The first one that I will talk about is VaultPress. VaultPress is built by Automatic, the same people who run wordpress.com. It's one of the most popular plug-ins out there. As you can see, they have got some big numbers.
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  1. 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
  2. 16m 30s
    1. Introducing multisite
      2m 40s
    2. Common use cases for multisite
      6m 24s
    3. Understanding multisite server requirements
      1m 40s
    4. Optimizing your hosting environment
      3m 52s
    5. Using subdomains vs. subdirectories
      1m 54s
  3. 22m 35s
    1. Enabling the Network feature
      2m 26s
    2. Installing your network
      7m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting network configurations
      4m 4s
    4. Disabling your network installation
      2m 44s
    5. Changing your install type
      3m 24s
    6. Removing the blog permalink
      2m 44s
  4. 46m 27s
    1. Getting to know the network admin interface
      2m 40s
    2. Configuring the network
      6m 2s
    3. Creating your first site
      5m 25s
    4. Managing your user database
      8m 14s
    5. Installing and enabling themes
      7m 16s
    6. Enabling themes on a per-site basis
      3m 56s
    7. Defining a site-wide default theme
      3m 12s
    8. Installing and activating plug-ins
      6m 16s
    9. Updating your network installation
      3m 26s
  5. 29m 15s
    1. Setting up user permissions
      3m 31s
    2. Defining the registration process
      3m 8s
    3. Controlling access to sites
      2m 43s
    4. Importing users from another blog
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding user roles
      3m 39s
    6. Changing user roles on signup
      2m 58s
    7. Exploring blog privacy settings
      6m 1s
    8. Enabling features for site administrators
      3m 23s
  6. 38m 22s
    1. Displaying posts from network sites on the home page
      7m 45s
    2. Displaying a list of your networked sites
      4m 9s
    3. Broadcasting news across all sites
      8m 22s
    4. Gathering and using comments network-wide
      5m 13s
    5. Creating and using global tags and categories
      4m 33s
    6. Exploring network plug-ins
      8m 20s
  7. 17m 18s
    1. Introducing domain mapping
      1m 58s
    2. Using parked or add-on domains
      3m 24s
    3. Altering DNS records
      2m 15s
    4. Installing the domain mapping plug-in
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping a domain to a specific site
      2m 58s
    6. Hiding the original domain name
      3m 25s
  8. 33m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of backing up your web site
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring backup plug-ins
      2m 23s
    3. Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
      8m 29s
    4. Migrating a standalone site into your network
      3m 24s
    5. Migrating an entire network
      7m 41s
    6. Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy
      3m 43s
    7. Remotely storing your backups
      5m 44s
  9. 29s
    1. Final thoughts
      29s

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3h 25m Advanced Dec 15, 2011

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This course presents the WordPress Multisite feature, which allows web site designers and administrators to create a network of sites and blogs from a single installation of WordPress. Author Justin Seeley covers installing the network components, configuring their web server/hosting environment, using the Multisite Network Administration panel, managing users, and backing up, migrating, and restoring a multisite installation.

Topics include:
  • Optimizing the hosting environment for Multisite
  • Enabling the Network feature
  • Troubleshooting network configurations
  • Creating your first site
  • Installing and enabling themes on a per-site basis
  • Defining a default theme sitewide
  • Controlling access to sites
  • Enabling features for site administrators
  • Displaying a list of networked sites
  • Broadcasting news across all sites
  • Gathering and using comments network-wide
  • Mapping domains and mapping to certain sites
  • Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
  • Migrating a stand-alone site into a network
Subject:
Web
Software:
WordPress
Author:
Justin Seeley

Exploring backup plug-ins

I have already stated that backing up your web site is probably one of the most important things you will ever do as a network administrator. And in order to create good backups of your web site, you'll probably need to use a plug-in. Lucky for you, there are ton of options out there on the Internet, but there are two that shine above all of the rest, especially when it comes to WordPress backups. The first one that I will talk about is VaultPress. VaultPress is built by Automatic, the same people who run wordpress.com. It's one of the most popular plug-ins out there. As you can see, they have got some big numbers.

VaultPress runs on a subscription model, meaning you'll pay a subscription to back up your web site for each and every site that you have. If you are running a WordPress Multisite installation, you will pay a subscription fee for each individual Multisite as well. The plans and pricing aren't that bad and if you want to use a solution made by the people who built the software, this is the solution for you. BackupBuddy is my personal favorite, and it was the first solution to offer complete WordPress backups. That means BackupBuddy does Backups, Restorations, and Migrations of all types of WordPress installations, including WordPress Multisite.

BackupBuddy is just one single plug-in. You install it and it's ready to go. The cool part about BackupBuddy is you are able to schedule backups, as well as deliver backups to remote destinations like URLs, FTP, Amazon S3, or any other type of CDN you might have. The BackupBuddy pricing is a one off. You only pay one fee, and then you get access to the plug-in forever. It's pretty good. Since BackupBuddy is the plug-in that I prefer personally, I will be using that for the remainder of the series. However, VaultPress functions much the same way the BackupBuddy does and comes with significant documentation.

No matter which backup solution you try, you should always live by my rule. If it doesn't exist in three places, it simply doesn't exist. So I have a copy of my backups stored locally inside of my WordPress install, I keep one remotely stored inside of Amazon S3, and I also keep one stored on a hard drive or a Thumb Drive somewhere in my office. Those are the three safest locations, in my opinion. So if anything happens to one of those, I've got two backups to go from, or if anything happens to two of those backups, I've got one more.

Hopefully nothing happens to your third backup, but you can always create four. Be safe and take care of your web site. It's the most important thing you can ever do.

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