Backups: How often do you do them?

Discussion in 'Domains, Hosting and Servers' started by cpvr, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. cpvr

    cpvr Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,219
    Likes Received:
    823
    Well, I contacted my host the other day and told them to put on daily backups, so that's good. Before,I wasn't taking too many backups, but its such a life saver if something happens.

    So, how often do you backup your forum?
     
  2. Creaky

    Creaky Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2011
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    96
    Location:
    London
    My host does daily incremental backups to a seperate server. I also do my own backups, daily for the database & weekly for the file system.
     
  3. Dan Hutter

    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    1,412
    Likes Received:
    515
    Location:
    New York
    My host takes care of daily backups for me. I pull down my own cPanel backups about once a week or so.

    My thought has always been even if I have full backup do you know how long it would take me to upload the backed up data? It'd be a day or two at least to get back up and running.
     
  4. benjaminp

    benjaminp Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    101
    Location:
    England
    Might be worth thinking about buying a backup service. I can't think of the name of the service I used to use, but I might be able to find it looking through old PayPal subscriptions, but I've just had a little look and rackspace seem to offer a service at $5 pm for 10gb space.
     
    Dan Hutter likes this.
  5. Superboy

    Superboy Most Likely, I'm Insane.

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2012
    Messages:
    524
    Likes Received:
    167
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Tonight I am going to take my first back-up sine switching to IPB earlier.
    I haven't taken any backups.

    I plan to start doing backups...every other day.
     
  6. Superboy

    Superboy Most Likely, I'm Insane.

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2012
    Messages:
    524
    Likes Received:
    167
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Forgive me for double-posting, I could not add this to my original post(I can't edit)
    but do you do full backups or partials?
     
  7. benjaminp

    benjaminp Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    101
    Location:
    England
    Forgot to answer the original question. I do backups pretty much every day, though I do forget occasionally. My host also runs a daily backup using r1soft, but I never rely on anyone else, which I believe is the best way to be when it comes to backups.

    Currently my sites are pretty small so the max they ever are is around 120MB which is downloaded in no time.

    Previously I've run bigger sites such as a image gallery which was more like 20GB and for that I rented backup space from the company who's name I forgot and had rsync setup so it only copied new and modified files.
     
  8. Dan Hutter

    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    1,412
    Likes Received:
    515
    Location:
    New York
    I was looking for a backup service and couldn't find anyone who offered it at a reasonable price. Everyone wanted quite a bit of money just to store a copy. If Dropbox was available over FTP, I'd back up there.
     
    benjaminp likes this.
  9. benjaminp

    benjaminp Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    101
    Location:
    England
    How big are your backups?

    I don't know if you're a member over at webhostingtalk, but if not you should probably take a peek over there.
     
    Dan Hutter likes this.
  10. Dan Hutter

    Dan Hutter aka Big Dan

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    1,412
    Likes Received:
    515
    Location:
    New York
    The one I'd worry about is about 15GB. I'd probably want to do a full backup once a week and a DB dump daily. Actually rsync would probably be even better and save me some bandwidth.

    I'm a member of WHT, I'll pop over during hte week.
     
  11. benjaminp

    benjaminp Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    101
    Location:
    England
    I think databases tend to make rsync backups slightly more complicated, but wht is the best place to ask I'd say.

    If your current server has decent bandwidth a small vps might even be an option if your comfortable with harden in it yourself.
     
    Dan Hutter likes this.
  12. Iconic

    Iconic The Original

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2011
    Messages:
    353
    Likes Received:
    135
    Location:
    Australia
    I usually do it 3-4 times a week but lately have been slack with it.
     
  13. eva2000

    eva2000 Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2012
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    107
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Use to do backups every 8hrs on one server, but these days it's every 24hrs with 2 sets of backups, one local to the server + one remotely transferred backup to a 3rd party remote backup service provider. Using backup scripts I wrote from ground up for my own sets of data i.e. 10 day retention and rotating backups (~60GB data set size just for more busy sites other sites are just file serving ~140GB).

    check out webbycart.com, using them US$99/yr with web site discount coupon for 100GB storage backup space via rsync, ftp, sftp, sshd and even works with 3rd party whm/cpanel plugin for backups. Very flexible as you can sshd into backup space and setup cron jobs (writing own scripts) to help keep disk space, and backup retention disk space consumption in check.

    okay looks like their promo changed http://www.webbycart.com/promos.htm, use to be double quota + 2 months free on yearly payment. But now changed to just double quota without 2 months free.
     
    Brandon, Dan Hutter and Iconic like this.
  14. bauss

    bauss Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Messages:
    335
    Likes Received:
    74
    I only backed up my forum 2 or 3 times since it has been open for a month. I should backup more often, but I don't. I will backup everyday once we get bigger though.
     
  15. MustangV10

    MustangV10 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2012
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Automatically every 24 hours. Stored off site in a different data centre :)
     
  16. Brandon

    Brandon Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,602
    Likes Received:
    1,706
    Location:
    Topeka, Kansas
    First Name:
    Brandon
    I've only been doing backups once a day, when I had a busier sites I had them every 12 hours.
    I think I have the backups set to be removed after 2 weeks.

    Thankfully (knock on wood) I haven't had to use by backups in a few years. :)
     
  17. Natasha

    Natasha Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2009
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    4
    I back up twice daily and whenever I'm modifying the forum. I download the 3 freshest back ups once per week.
     
  18. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Regular Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2012
    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    313
    Location:
    San Diego, California
    I back up files daily and I *used* to backup the databases daily as well... but I've rolled it back to weekly recently since we've never actually had to ever restore anything from backup... and backing up ~100GB of databases is just plain annoying (especially since we keep each backup for a year).

    That being said, we pull backups from an otherwise unused slave DB server so it doesn't affect the site while it's happening.
     
    Brandon likes this.
  19. Doctor Tech

    Doctor Tech Regular Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2012
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    6
    Our host has daily backups which are provided to our customers upon request, but it is recommended to make your own backups. Honestly, backups should be generated based on your needs. Do you have a large forum that contains a lot of posts? Or is it just a static site that rarely changes? These factors vary for each site.
     
  20. dojo

    dojo Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2012
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    181
    I have a cron job that takes daily backups. That's good, since I always forget to do it myself :D
     

Share This Page