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Installing and configuring BackupBuddy

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Installing and configuring BackupBuddy

Now it's time to install and configure the BackupBuddy plug-in so that we can create a backup of our WordPress Multisite installation. Now, as I said in the previous movie, you'll have to purchase BackupBuddy by going to www.pluginbuddy.com. Once you get the pluginbuddy.com, just look for the BackupBuddy link and click the Purchase icon. Once you've purchased BackupBuddy, you can then download it and it should be somewhere on your hard drive. Now let's walk through actually installing and configuring the plug-in. I will go here to my Plugins section and choose Add New.

Installing and configuring BackupBuddy

Now it's time to install and configure the BackupBuddy plug-in so that we can create a backup of our WordPress Multisite installation. Now, as I said in the previous movie, you'll have to purchase BackupBuddy by going to www.pluginbuddy.com. Once you get the pluginbuddy.com, just look for the BackupBuddy link and click the Purchase icon. Once you've purchased BackupBuddy, you can then download it and it should be somewhere on your hard drive. Now let's walk through actually installing and configuring the plug-in. I will go here to my Plugins section and choose Add New.

And, by the way, I'm logged in as the Network Administrator. So I will click Upload, Choose my File, and I will find the backupbuddy.zip file. Once I get backupbuddy there, I'll install it, WordPress unpacks it and installs it, and now I can Network Activate it. Once I have activated BackupBuddy, you will notice that I have to Manage my Licenses. When you go into BackupBuddy to Manage your License, you'll have to enter the Username and Password that were given to you when you signed up at the BackupBuddy site.

You can also Manually Enter in a License Key if you've already generated one. In this case, I'm not going to worry about it. I'll just close this for now. And let's take a look at how to set BackupBuddy up. I will go to BackupBuddy. The first thing you need to do is go to Getting Started. Inside of the Getting Started page, they give you detailed information about Backing up your site, Restoring and Migrating your site using the importbuddy.php file. They have also got a link to their Knowledge Base, which takes you to in-depth documentation about the plug-in.

If you want to go ahead and configure your backup and restore, you can go into the Backup & Restore section of BackupBuddy. Once you are inside of the Back & Restore section, you can choose to do a Database Only backup, a Full Backup, or a Restore/Migration. You will also see a link here that says, you can get the non-beta version of ImportBuddy here. ImportBuddy is currently in beta because they are adding some really cool new features. If you want the old version, you can click right there. It tells you here to use Multisite backup and restore, you have to use the new ImportBuddy beta.

If you want to create a backup, it's really quite easy. Let's say I want to do just a database backup. I will click on Database Only, BackupBuddy goes through, exports my settings, my databases and my files and there you go, in mere seconds. It tells me I can Download the backup ZIP archive, or I can go back to the backup page. If I download this ZIP archive, it goes to my hard drive and I can store that somewhere, either in a remote FTP destination, upload it to Amazon S3, or put it on a Thumb Drive. You notice here it tells me how big the Archive was.

In this case, my installation is relatively new, so the file size is low, 257K. Let's go Back to the backup page. Now let's do a Full Backup. What's the difference between a Full Backup and Database Backup? Well, in a Full Backup, it goes through and grabs everything: posts, pages, users, themes, plug-ins. You name it, BackupBuddy grabs it and it throws it into this one big zip file. As you can see here, I can Download the package. It's now 8.74 MB. That's because it's got everything included in it--my themes, my plug-ins, not to mention all of my settings.

I can go back to Backup page from here as well. Once I go back to the backup page, you'll notice here that I have a section of Backup Archives. These are the backups that are available to me now. So I have a backup here and a backup here. The first one is the latest one that I chose. It's 8.74 MB. The Status is Good and the Type is Full. It tells me when I Last Modified these backups and if I click on them, I can actually download that archive as well. If I wanted to send these to an offsite location, I hover over them and choose Send file offsite.

When I do that, I'm prompted with this window here. We will cover all of these options in a future movie. I just wanted to make you aware of them now. One of the other great features of BackupBuddy is the Malware Scan. Once you click Malware Scan over on the left, BackupBuddy automatically scans your site for Malware. This could be JavaScript Malware, PHP, anything. If it finds anything, it will tell you. In this case, my site is clean. But this is a great way to know if your site's been hacked. You can also go in and see your Server Information.

In the Server Information, it tells you exactly what WordPress version you're running, what version of MySQL, PHP, et cetera. If any of these don't match up to the recommended requirements for BackupBbuddy, it will tell you over here on the right. Looks like I'm all good. Scheduling--inside of Scheduling, you can actually create Scheduled Backups. That way you never have to worry about doing backups yourself. I'll cover how to utilize the Scheduled Backups in a future movie. It's a really handy feature that's going to save you a ton of time.

Also in BackupBbuddy is the Multisite Import. When you click on Multisite Import, you'll notice it takes you to Step 1 of 8. And if you want the Full BackupBuddy Multisite documentation experience, you can click this link right up here. It takes you really in-depth into working with Multisite and BackupBuddy. You can see here that this Import tool allows you to import a site from a BackupBbuddy Archive as a new site within your Multisite environment, with a new URL. So basically what you need to do is go find a stand-alone site, back it up with BackupBuddy, then take that backup and upload it here.

I'll cover that in a future movie as well. Let's go down to something new in BackupBuddy. It's called RepairBuddy. As you can see here, it's in Beta, so you've got to be careful with this one. However, RepairBuddy is a tool for diagnosing and repairing WordPress Installations. So let's say theoretically you change something in your wp-config file and you break it, or you lock yourself out of the admin area by forgetting your password, or for some other reason get locked out. RepairBuddy actually allows you to set up a password for this site, and then you can enable RepairBuddy.

Once you enable RepairBuddy, you can actually upload that to your site and access it, and RepairBuddy should automatically go in and let you log in to to your site, no matter how you have been locked out. It's a really cool feature. Last but not least are the BackupBuddy Settings. Inside of the Settings, you can configure things like Email Notifications. You can have an email sent to you when a Scheduled backup is completed, when a Manual backup is completed, or even if you have a Backup failure. You also have the ability to change General Options here. The General Options include an Import Password.

That means each time you create a backup, you can add a password to that backup file so that if anybody tries to import it, they have to know that password before they can restore your site. Backup reminders--if you want BackupBuddy to remind you to back up your web site, leave that box checked. If you want BackupBuddy to back up all of your database tables and you can see here it says to Enable backing up of all the tables in your database, not just the WordPress tables, then you need to check this box. If you have plug-ins that create their own custom database tables inside your MySQL database, this is a must.

Compatibility/Troubleshooting option-- do you want to Enable ZIP Compression? Yeah, you bet you do. Your site is huge and you need to compress it as much as possible to lower that file size. Do you want to Perform an integrity check on the backup files? Sure you do. You want to make sure nothing is wrong with them, right? If they are not in good shape, you need to generate another one. You can also configure the various Logging, Manual backup mode, and Multisite options from here as well. The Multisite Option here will allow individual sites to be exported out of BackupBuddy.

This means if I have one site inside of my WordPress Multisite environment that I want to break out and be its own site, I can do that using BackupBuddy. You can also set Archive Storage Limits. If you don't want BackupBuddy to keep cluttering up your internal file system here inside of WordPress, set a limit on this. Finally, you can manage your Remote Destinations and Archives from here, stuff like Amazon S3, Rackspace, Email and FTP destinations, and then you can also tell BackupBuddy to exclude certain directories or files. Once you have finished setting this up, click Save Settings.

All of those Settings are applied and BackupBuddy is ready to go. So as you can see, BackupBuddy is a really good solution when it comes to backing up your web site. And we all know how important backing up our web site is, right? But no matter which backup solution you choose, take the time to go through each individual setting and make sure you get it right. That way you have the peace of mind of knowing that your site is safe and secure, all the time.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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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 34s
    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 23s
    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. 28s
    1. Final thoughts
      28s

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