wiki:faq/member-backup

How can I backup my own data?

Even though May First/People Link backs up your data to both an onsite and offsite backup server, you are still encouraged to a backup your own data regularly.

What should I backup?

After logging into your account using either sftp or ssh, you should see a directory named after your domain name, e.g. mayfirst.org.

In that directory you will see:

  • backups: contains daily database dumps. You should include this directory in your backup.
  • bin: contains scripts to launch PHP for php-enabled web site, usually not modified by members. You should include this directory in your backup.
  • cgi-bin: default location for perl, python and other web-site scripts, usually not used by members. You should include this directory in your backup.
  • include: location for optional configuration files for your web site. You should include this directory in your backup.
  • logs: access and error logs for your web site. You may optionally include this location in your backup.
  • users: user email and personal data. You should not include this directory in your web backup since the user that can access your web data may not have persmission to read data in your user directory.
  • web: contains all your web site files. You should include this directory in your backup.

How should I back it up?

Secure FTP

The simplest method for backing your data is to manually and periodically use an Secure FTP client to copy that data from the server to your desktop. This is simple and it's easy to confirm that it is complete.

However, it requires that you remember to run it regularly.

Automated systems

Bonkey is a free/open source program for Windows and Macintosh

Several programs are available for Linux as well.

Backup and Migrate

If you are using Drupal, you can install the Backup and Migrate. If you are using WordPress, there is excellent documentation on setting up backups.

Last modified 11 months ago Last modified on Dec 16, 2017, 2:01:49 PM