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Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy

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.

Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy

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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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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