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Backup Process Questions

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#1 Guest_Shawn_*

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:28 PM

Hi, I'm currently comparing backup solutions and had a couple questions I was hoping someone could answer.

1) Do backup buddy file backups allow for backing up of the entire root folder, or just WP directories?

2) Also, does it do a full backup of files each time or just incremental backups of changes like VaultPress?

Thanks,

Shawn

#2 Jeremy Trask

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

Hi Shawn

Thanks for your enquiry concerning BackupBuddy.

In answer to your questions:

1) The file component of a backup allows for all files in the WordPress site installation directory and also all sub-directories thereof (so the standard WordPress installation subdirectories wp-admin, wp-includes and wp-comtent plus any other subdirectories. You can _exclude_ any files/directories that you do not want to include or that should not be included (such as cache directories). As BackupBuddy is a WordPress site backup/restore/migrate tool we do not recommend including anything that isn't specifically required for the operation of your WordPress site but we do not prevent you from doing so :-)

Incidentally, the same principles apply to the database component of the backup - by default the backup will include only those database tables that belong to the specific WordPress site but it is also possible to include _all_ tables in the database that the site uses (which you might do if you have an application that is associated with your WordPress site that has tables in the same database as the site but doesn't have it's own backup provision) and also you can specify specific table inclusions/exclusions for greater selectivity.

BackupBuddy tries to give you the flexibility to get the backup you want/need.

2) Backups are not incremental so if you have a backup that is a complete site backup (which includes the database as well) then that is all you need to restore or migrate your site.

However, again BackupBuddy gives you flexibility to cut it in different ways through the definition of Backup Profiles.

For example, often the bulk of a backup comes from uploaded media and this obviously increases in size over the year(s) - but it also never (or rarely) changes. The content of these older directories may only change if you generate new image sizes or something like that. Therefore one option is to define a Backup Profile that includes only the previous year(s) media uploads under wp-content/uploads and you need only run this backup once and save to your favourite supported offsite storage and then you have another Backup Profile which is everything _except_ those directories and this would be the backup that you would run regularly and it would be much smaller and faster.

Of course you can choose to run any backup profile when you like either manually or scheduled so the actual strategy is up to you - and you can define multiple backup profiles. For a restore/migrate you would primarily use the regular backup and then simply add the older content from the other backup (which you could actually do through the BackupBuddy admin after having restored/migrated from the regular backup and got the site functional).

I hope the above information provides what you need but of course if you have any additional question or clarification required in this respect please let us know, thanks.

Regards...jeremy

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#3 Guest_Shawn_*

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:35 AM

Awesome answer... sounds like a very versatile plugin. Thanks!

#4 Jeremy Trask

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 10:14 AM

Hi Shawn

No problem - it's very important to make the right decision to get the right solution for you :-)

Regards...jeremy

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