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Website Backup and Restore Plugin – AWS S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, etc.
Available for SocialEngine PHP v4
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Price: $79
 + $10
Plugin
Price: $79
 

Backup all your content; keep your online community safe.

The Backup and Restore plugin is absolutely essential for all SocialEngine sites. This plugin provides several options for backups and also facilitates emergency restore, recovery and site migration. It makes the important tasks of backing up your site's database and files very quick and easy.

The benefits of having backup copies of your site, and the ability to restore your website in case of disasters, data corruption, crashes, etc are significant.

Backup Types

There are two ways to take backup of your site’s database and files.

  • Manual Backup

    Execute backup process of your website’s files and database manually with more than 7 destinations to choose from. Below options are associated with different destinations for manual backup process:

    • Option to take backup of all the file directories/sub-directories and database tables or a few as per the requirement.
    • Database tables can be locked before starting the backup process.
    • Maintenance mode can be activated during the backup process.
    • Add prefix to be appended to the name of the backup file.
  • Automatic Backup

    Convenient way of taking backup of website’s files and database to any of the 7 destination available. Below options are associated with automatic backup process:

    • Set time interval between consecutive backups in hours / days / weeks / months / year.
    • Enable/disable email notification to be received on completion of automatic database backup process.
    • Specify single or multiple email addresses to receive automatic backup notifications.

Backup Destinations

A wide range of options available as backup destinations which will help in smooth automatic / manual backup process of files and database of SocialEngine website.

  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • Email Account
  • Remote Server
  • Computer
  • Database
  • Local Server
    • 1. Backup type: Three ways to take backup of a website:

      • Database and Files
      • Database
      • Files
    • 2. Backup Filename Prefix: Specify the prefix to be appended to the name of the backup file.

    • 3. Activate Maintenance Mode: Option to enable maintenance mode during backup process. The site will come back online once the backup process is complete.

    • 4. Lock Tables: Option to lock site's database tables during the backup. This can help in keeping data consistency, but it will also make the site inaccessible during the backup process.

    • 5. Destinations available for files backup:

      • Download from Server
      • Google Drive
      • Dropbox
      • Remote Server
      • Amazon S3
      • Local Server Directory
    • 6. Destinations available for database backup:

      • Download from Server
      • Google Drive
      • Dropbox
      • Remote Server
      • Amazon S3
      • Local Server Directory
      • Email Account
      • Database
    • 7. Database Tables: Option to select all or few database tables for backup process.

    • 8. File Directories: Option to select all or few file directories in root directory for backup process.

    • 9.File Subdirectories: Option to select all or few file sub-directories in root directory for backup process.

Destination Description Files Backup Database Backup
Amazon S3 Backups can be directly saved in Amazon S3 buckets. Yes Yes
Google Drive Backups can be saved in Google Drive of the associated gmail address. Yes Yes
Dropbox Directly save your site’s backups on Dropbox’s server. Yes Yes
Directory on Server An admin configured backup directory on server can be used for storing both database and files backups. Yes Yes
Email Database backups can be emailed as attachments. No Yes
FTP Server Backups can be directly saved on external FTP servers. Yes Yes
MySQL Database Database backups can be taken on other MySQL databases on the server. No Yes
  • Backup Listings

    • Detailed listings of both database and files backups with various parameters like their filename, destination, method, type, size, backup time, etc.
    • Admin can see the last time an available backup was taken.
    • From the database backup listing, the backups available on server can be downloaded, or directly used for database restore.
    • From the files backup listing, the backups available on server can be downloaded.
    • Old backup entries, and backup files available on server can be deleted.
  • Backup Logs

    • Concise log-records are maintained of the backups taken for the site.
    • The log entries show various parameters of the backups taken like type, mode, destination, method, file-name, file-size, start time, end time and status.
    • Backup log records also contain entries of backups that have been deleted from the listings.
    • Backup log records can be sorted based on various filters like backup type, backup mode and status.
    • Old log records can be deleted.

Restore

    • EASY
    • ONE STEP
    • FAST
    • RELIABLE

Two ways to Restore Database backup

 

  • Restore Database: Upload the database backup files which were created using this plugin.
  • Backup Listings: The backups available on server can be directly used for database restore.

WHY TO CHOOSE BACKUP AND RESTORE PLUGIN?

  • Set Schedules

    Backup schedules every 4, 8 or 12 hours, daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly

  • Lock settings

    Lock access to UpdraftPlus via a password so you choose which site users can access backups

  • Reporting

    Status reporting of automatic backup via email.

  • Backup

    Performs complete manual or scheduled automatic backups of your website

  • Restore

    Restoring backup is simple and quick.

  • Multiple Backup Destinations

    7 backup destinations are available for taking backup of files and database.

  • Easy-to-Use

    Engage with an easy-to-use interface that allows you to backup and restore with a single click on a schedule that suits you.

  • Cloning and Migration

    Can be used to move your site to a new domain simply.

What are backups? Why do I need them?
Imagine that you are installing a new plugin on your site, or making changes on your site, and your database gets messed up. Or, imagine that your hosting server crashed, and you lost everything. These are only some of the many accidents that can occur with your site. Like they say, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Backups are like insurance for your site. You need them the most when your site is in trouble. They are copies of your data which may be used to restore your site after mishappenings like data loss, data corruption, server crash, site attack, etc. Backups can also be used to migrate your site to another server. Your site's data and content are its life. The Backup and Restore plugin helps you protect them.
What different types of backups does this plugin enable for my site?
This plugin enables you to backup all the content of your site. Thus, it allows you to take both:
a) Database backup
b) Files backup.
What is Files Backup? Why is it needed?
Files backup allows you to backup the code of your site, and the files uploaded on your site. Files uploaded on your site can be user profile photos, album photos, group photos, music content, etc. Files backup is needed so that you do not loose any customizations done to you site, or content uploaded on your site during a server crash, or any other accident.
What are backup destinations? What are their different types?
Backup destinations are the locations where your backup files are saved. This plugin allows you to create multiple destinations of the following types:
a) Email: Database backups can be emailed as attachments.
b) FTP Server: Backups can be directly saved on external FTP servers.
c) MySQL database: Database backups can be taken on other MySQL databases on the server.
Additionally, there is a backup directory on the site server as well.
Backup files can also be downloaded to your computer and saved on storage discs like hard discs, CDs, DVDs, etc.
What is automatic backup?
You can schedule backups to be automatically performed after specified intervals (like every 6 hours, 12 hours, 1 day, 2 days, 1 week, etc.). Automatic backups can be configured from the "Backup Settings" section in the Admin Panel.
Does automatic backup happen for files backup?
No, automatic backup only takes place for database backups. For files backups, manual backup mthod can be used.
How will I know when an automatic backup has completed?
In the "Backup Settings" section, you can set email notifications for completion of automatic backups.
Can I use other tools for restoring the database using the backup created by this plugin?
Yes, the database backup files created by this plugin are a list of SQL statements which can also be imported / executed by other database handling tools like phpMyAdmin or the mysql command-line client.
Does this plugin provide both database and files restore functionalities?
No, this plugin only restores the database. To restore the files of your site from a files backup, you could simply use an FTP client which you would have used for uploading SocialEngine code on your server. If you want to migrate your website, then please read "How can this plugin help me in migrating my site?" question below.
How can this plugin help me in migrating my site?
The Backup and Restore Plugin is very useful if you want to migrate your website. You may follow the below steps:
1) Take recent Database and Files Backups of your site using the Backup and Restore Plugin.
2) In order to install your site, you will need the following four pieces of information. If you don't have any of these, please contact your hosting provider and ask them for assistance.
- MySQL Server Address (often "localhost", "127.0.0.1", or the server IP address)
- MySQL Database Name
- MySQL Username
- MySQL Password
3) On your new server, create a database with a name of your choice.
4) Use a database handling tool like phpMyAdmin or the mysql command line to import the database backup file into the new database.
5) Extract the zipped Files backup on your computer and upload all of the files to your hosting account (it can exist either in the root HTML directory, or a subdirectory).
6) If you are using a Unix server (or Unix variant, like Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, etc.) you must set the permissions (CHMOD) of the following directories and files to 777:
- /install/config/ (recursively; all directories and files contained within this must also be changed)
- /temporary/ (recursively; all directories and files contained within this must also be changed)
- /public/ (recursively; all directories and files contained within this must also be changed)
- /application/themes/ (recursively; all directories and files contained within this should also be changed)
- /application/packages/ (recursively; all directories and files contained within this should also be changed)
- /application/languages/ (recursively; all directories and files contained within this must also be changed)
- /application/settings/ (recursively; all files contained within this must also be changed)
7) Update the settings of your new server in the file: "/application/settings/database.php" to point to your new database.
Is this easy to install?
Yes, absolutely! This plugin will install seamlessly on your SocialEngine with the one click Package installation feature.
What will my plugin download contain?
The plugin download will be a zipped file, which upon extraction will give the plugin package tar file, the license file, and the installation instructions file.
I want to customize this plugin according to the offerings and design of my site. Can you help me?
Yes, please contact us with your customization requirements.
Plugin + Installation
Price: $79
 + $10
Plugin
Price: $79
Screenshots:
Admin: Global Settings Admin: Destinations - Server Admin: Destinations - Remote Destinations Admin: Create New Destination - Email Admin: Create New Destination - FTP Directory Admin: Create New Destination - MySQL Database Admin: Create New Destination - Amazon S3 Admin: Create New Destination - Google Drive Admin: Create New Destination - Dropbox Admin: Take Backup Admin: Restore Database Admin: Database Backups Admin: Files Backups Admin: Backup Logs

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