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Backing up a 3Gig site with backup buddy

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#1 Guest_Jeff_*

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:02 PM

The site I have is fairly large (3 gigs) what would I need to do to back up such a site? Also going forward how you would you recommend the site be structured to allow backups to complete in a resonable time?

#2 Jeremy Trask

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:55 AM

Hi Jeff

Thanks for considering BackupBuddy for your site backup requirements.

Regarding your site, and with reference to the Product Description (http://pluginbuddy.com/purchase/backupbuddy/) under the FAQ Tab, ideally you'd be looking for the capability to utilize the native zip command through the php exec() function - this is the fastest way to produce zip archive files _and_ allows for directories to be excluded. Your host support should be able to advise whether or not this is available to you (or could be made available). Note, if you are on a Windows server then we do offer a zip executable that you may be able to install if none is currently available.

You will also likely need to be able to increase the php max_execution_time parameter to allow the backup script enough time to run. This often defaults to 30s which may not be sufficient in your case. There are a variety of ways in which this may be accomplished so your host support is best placed to advise whether and how you can set the value of this parameter.

If you have the above capabilities then you will be in a good position to be able to backup a large site. BackupBuddy also has additional options that can help under certain conditions and the upcoming BackupBuddy V2.0 will add additional options that can also help overcome server limitations. In general, shared servers tend to be more problematic than "dedicated" servers - be they virtual or real.

In terms of site structure, assuming you have access to the native zip command then you can exclude directories which can be beneficial if you have any content (such as a collection of video files) that doesn't frequently change. In such a case you can independently back these up and then exclude the directory or directories from the more frequent backup and this will make it faster and smaller. To restore you would do a site restore from the BackupBuddy backup and then add back in the excluded directories from your independent backup.

I hope this gives you the information you need to make your decision. Please be sure to contact us if you have any further questions and also be aware that there is an active Support Forum for BackupBuddy.


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