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Another great way to give yourself peace of mind when you're working with WordPress Multisite is to schedule backups of your site to run daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever interval that you choose. The BackupBuddy plug-in allows for such scheduling and even allows you to store those backups in a remote destination. We will cover the remote destination storage in a later movie. But in this movie, I'll be taking you step-by-step through configuring your scheduled backups here inside of WordPress Multisite. The first step is you need to be logged in as the Network Administrator.
Once you're logged in as the Network Administrator, find the BackupBuddy menu item on the left. Once you hover over that, you'll go down to the Scheduling section. Inside of the Scheduling section, you can schedule either database backups or full backups depending on your needs. In my experience, it's best to create a backup for databases and for full backups. For instance, on my personal site, I run a daily database backup. But I only run a weekly full backup. This is less taxing on my server and it also helps me keep a clutter-free environment in my remote storage destination.
Let's start off by creating a new schedule. The name for this backup schedule is going to be DailyDB. The Backup type is going to be Database Only, the Backup interval is going to be Daily. If I want to specify a time, I can type that in here. Right now, I'm just going to leave it on the default. If you want to add a remote destination, you can click here to add your remote destination. Remote Destinations include Amazon S3, Rackspace, or even using an FTP server. But again, we will cover Remote Destination in a future movie.
Once I'm finished setting up these settings, I will hit Add Schedule. As you can see here, I get a new schedule item saying DailyDB, which is a Database Only backup. It will run daily. There's no destination, so it's all going to be stored locally within my WordPress installation. It's not exactly the safest way to go, but it's better than nothing. It's going to tell me here that my First Run is at this time and that it's never been run before. Now let's go create our weekly full backup. The name of this backup, WeeklyFull. Backup type, Full (database+files).
That's everything inside of WordPress. Backup Interval, I want to do this Weekly. You can specify date and time if you want. You can also specify remote destinations again, and then you hit Add Schedule. As you can see, WeeklyFull has been added to my schedule. It's telling me here it's a full backup, to run weekly, and that's when it's going to start. It has never run as of yet. At any time, you can edit your schedules. So if I choose WeeklyFull and edit this schedule, it takes me here and I can make changes.
So if I wanted to tell it to run at 3:00 A.M. instead of P.M., that will adopt that new time, and I will hit Save Changes. Once I do that, you'll notice it updates here to be run at 3 A.M. Basically, what that's going to do is run at an off-peak time for my web site, making it a little less taxing on my server. If you ever feel the need to get rid of a backup, all you have to do is find it, click on it, and choose Delete. Once you have deleted it, it's gone.
You will need to set it up again. If at any time you get confused in this screen, you'll notice several little question marks out to the right-hand side of each one of these settings. If you hover over the question mark, a tooltip will appear to give you an indication of exactly what you should put in each one of these fields. There's no question that backing up your web site is very important. Adding scheduled backups to the mix just gives you that added layer of security and gives you a lot of peace of mind. I recommend doing this for any WordPress installation, but especially for a WordPress Multisite.
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