Discussion in 'Pre-sales questions' started by Mystagogue, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Does Winhost provide automatic backups of web sites I deploy? What about backups of my SQL Server database (which accompanies my site)?

    If the answer is "yes," how often do such backups occur?
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  2. We do have backups, usually for the last few days (3-5) and they happen nightly. These are primarily for emergency situations, as there is a fee to retrieve backups.

    If you do require a backup, contact support and they'll be able to tell you which days are available.
  3. curtis

    curtis Winhost Staff

    We also have a backup tool in the control panel so you can make your own backups.
  4. Are there step by step instructions as to how to do a backup using the tool you mentioned?

    I'm not a computer geek and in short order you can lose me with jargon, so if you could answer in non-tech verbiage, I'd appreciate it!
  5. Was just in our control panel and didn't see anything re a backup tool...
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  7. That's helpful, thanks. I went to make a backup and it failed because there is a file with the same name in the /App_data ditectory.

    Where do I find the /App_data directory so I can change the name of that old backup?
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  9. Yeow! I think I did it. Thanks for the help!

    I downloaded a boatloat of files - is there a way I can 100% be assured that if the data on Winhost crashed, that I have what I need to put the site back up?
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  10. Elshadriel

    Elshadriel Winhost Staff

    Just make sure that when you FTP in, that it places you in the root of the account. You then download all the files from the root, including the database backup you made.
  11. Could you change the backup file to include the current date/time stamp? Otherwise to have multiple backups I have to first FTP to the site, rename the previous backup file, then return to the web interface and backup the database.

    Ultimately if you could allow for scheduled daily backups, that would be best to avoid manually backing up the database EVERY day!

  12. YES! I know that some other hosts do substantially more in terms of automating this process.
  13. curtis

    curtis Winhost Staff

    you can backup the sql database manually everyday but not automated. for your site, you can download a copy using ftp but you should have a backup already if you are developing the site on your own computer and uploading the changes.
  14. That really misses the point. When running any type of CMS then the content is generated online. I can restore a blank database from a backup but I want my current content backed up.

    This should be easier to do. I see there are may threads on the topic but no actions taken. I did just find I can kick off the backup but the new backup is not copied to the App_Data folder unless using the web interface.
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Great thanks.
  16. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Are backups automatic or do I have to enable them myself?
  17. The backups are done manually through the control panel.

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