The last thing we want to do is create a backup of your Drupal site.
But if you think we don’t need to backup your site, here’s what you should know:
First, backup before you install a new version of Drupal. If it’s a major release (say, 7), that means all your content and files have changed since the last time you did a full backup. Otherwise, it’s a minor release (one that doesn’t introduce any new features) and there’s not much change to worry about.
Second, if you don’t want to be bothered with backups anymore and just want to create fresh copies of your site each time there’s an upgrade, then use our BatchUp plugin. Third, if you’re not happy with how much or how often your backups are taking up space on your server or storage capacity on your computer, then use this free plugin for Mac OS X or this free plugin for Windows. And finally: make sure you’re running a recent version of PHP. If you’re using PHP 7 or 6 (or 5b), go ahead and upgrade and get yourself set up with the right version now!
A common problem I see on drupal sites is the situation where a site has a lot of content that is constantly updated and backed up. In order to preserve the data and keep it available, users have to manually restore it every time they want to update. This can get tedious fast and also results in lost functionality because you have to do several manual backup steps.
While this article might seem quite basic and obvious, it’s something that not many people seem to do, so I thought I’d give some tips on how we backup our sites.
Backup to remote server
It is incredibly easy to accidentally erase your site. If you have a drupal site, you’re doubtless familiar with the risk of losing that precious data. Here are some steps to help prevent it:
• To start, make sure you have a backup plan. How do you back up your website? Ideally, you should be able to take it offline and copy the contents of the website directory into a remote system (e.g., a cloud).
• If you’re using a hosted version of Drupal, make sure that your settings are properly configured for backups — disable any automatic cache deletion settings.
• Make sure your network administrator has disabled all firewall rules that block incoming traffic from your hosting provider’s servers (which blocks traffic from your server to their servers).
• If you’ve set up indexes on all of your files, run those through an indexing tool (e.g., Zoho My Sites), which will create backups of any changes made to them. Make sure they are backed up each time they are updated!
These steps may seem obvious, but they can save you time and money down the road if something goes wrong… or if someone else uses your site!
When you go to backup your site, what are you doing? Are you backing up the files that are actually on your server? Or are you backing up the files in a local folder and then moving them to a backup location?
The first option is much more likely. It is much easier to have access to local files than it is to move them from one server to another. In fact, if you’re not careful, not only can you make mistakes with your backups, but there’s also a chance of losing data in the process.
The second option can be tempting, because it means less work for you (and saves money). However, it is also dangerous and can even result in data loss. This can happen when your server has outdated or out-of-date software and corrupt files (such as when a service provider forces upgrades after the initial installation). It also could happen if your backup system doesn’t automatically recognize the new format required by an upgrade (which isn’t always possible).
Besides these issues, there are technical limitations that make backing up locally rather than saving it on another server problematic:
• If the data has been indexed (by a search engine or application), then this is stored locally too. If so, then an indexer will not be able to perform its usual search functions on any data stored locally. This means that if you want to index some text in your site and use it for searching elsewhere later, then this text cannot be saved directly onto another server. You may find this limitation annoying if it involves large amounts of text per page or many pages with long sections of text; however, this limitation won’t apply unless some other hardware exists which can store all such long sections of text at once. More often than not, indexing information like this takes place on systems which do not include an external drive and thus they aren’t able to store such large amounts of information at once either. If that sounds confusing now because I haven’t explained this properly yet — Don’t worry about that right now! Just hang in there — then just stick with me here and I will explain more about this later:
• If the site has been set up dynamically (that is changes between boot time and login), then backups need to be done before changes occur since those changes cannot be saved until after those changes have occurred. If logins take place at different times from each
Backup to internal server
All of our sites are hosted on a dedicated server. It is the most secure, stable and reliable option for us. If your site is or will be hosted on such a server, you may want to consider backing it up as well.
In general, we prefer to use a full backup solution to ensure that data is always in the best possible condition before we transfer it over to our new server. We have several different backup options which we can recommend based on your needs and tradeoffs:
• Backup for Business (B2B) — Our system will automatically create backups of your website data at regular intervals, and you can also manually schedule these backups.
• Backup for Business (B2B) — This option works similar to B2B except that instead of creating backups as scheduled, B2B will automatically create them when you sign up for premium accounts or when your website hits certain thresholds (e.g., 500 visits in one month). These automated backups will be stored in Amazon S3 servers.
• Backup for Commerce (for Shopify) — This option allows you to schedule automatic daily or weekly backups of your Storefront and Shopify accounts – this feature can be used with any other Siteground account if you want to replicate their setup.
• Backup for Commerce (for Shopify) — This option works similar to B2B but instead of creating backups as scheduled, it will automatically create them when you sign up for any Siteground account that supports this feature – you can also confirm this by going into Siteground’s Dashboard and clicking “Manage Sites” at the top left-hand side of the screen
The advantage of using Siteground’s management interface is that if the automatic backup feature crashes in the middle of a backup task, Siteground will automatically start over from where it left off – no need to go through all those tedious steps (which could take hours). The downside? You have no control over what happens during automatic backups; since they happen every day at some random time after midnight and before noon, there is a chance that unexpected things like networking issues or upgrades might interfere with an automatic backup – so keep an eye out for those!
A quick note about Amazon S3: In order to host any site on Amazon S3 servers you must use SSL certificates; currently only AWS EC2 instances support SSL certificates; if your production site uses SSL certificates then you should
Backup to external media
The Drupal security team recently released a series of blog posts detailing a variety of best practices for backup and restoration of Drupal sites. They cover the basics and some advanced features, including the potential loss of content in event of a system crash or data loss.
The first part is an overview, with details on:
• How to back up your Drupal site and keep it safe from accidental or malicious damage
• How to restore your site from backup
• How to recover lost or deleted content in a Drupal site
• How to apply patches and updates to your Drupal site
There are some good points here: even if you’re not very technical, this brief overview will help you understand how to do some basic things safely, and as long as you’re careful, there is nothing too scary here. But this is not enough. You need more details on what might happen if things go wrong (and that’s what the second part covers).
The first subtopic describes all the steps involved in backing up Drupal, restoring it when it becomes corrupted, and retaining data when there are multiple backups. The second one describes how you can apply patches and updates to your site using these new features. The third one gives instructions on how to apply a patch manually (and why they’re useful). And the last part covers two additional tasks — recovering lost content and applying patches without having access to your site (or at least most of its content) — that are not directly related with backups but could be done using them anyway. It also includes several links on more advanced topics such as creating backups for older versions of Drupal or replacing an old backup with a new one. This should help you avoid pitfalls around backups that could make it difficult for you to keep your sites secure in case something goes wrong (such as changing an old version number between backups).
drupal is a very difficult system to get good backups of. It’s great for storing some of your data, but it’s pretty terrible for holding onto files. It usually isn’t possible for someone to make a dump of a drupal site and restore it from it, because the structure of the database and the lack of any third-party backup systems means that you cannot just store data in an archive and expect it to be accessible in another few months.
The solution to this problem is twofold: first: use git or another version control system like Subversion or Mercurial; second: use a tool like Rsync (or similar) to keep backups across multiple machines (and/or different drupal sites).
8. Restoring backups
You might not realize it, but you’re going to need to do a lot of things to get your site back up and running after a disaster. Or even if you completely knew what you were doing, there are always ways for things to go wrong. This article is an attempt to help you understand some of the more common issues that come up around backups and how best to handle them.
Many of you have asked me the question “how do I backup my drupal site”, and here I will try to give you a few tips.
There are several ways of doing it, but the one I like is to backup my drupal site using S3.
All you need is an account (free), an AWS account (costs $2-10/month depending on your location) and an S3 bucket that can store around 1 TB worth of data (you can use S3 storage buckets for smaller amounts).
You can easily use AWS Console to create your Amazon S3 bucket. Once created, switch to Storage tab under the AWS Management Console, choose your region and click on Create Bucket. Name it something meaningful and click Create Bucket. You should see a screen as shown below:
Click on the drop down menu for Uploading Files and select S3 Files from these menus, then select “S3 Data” under the type list:
Click Next and give a name for your bucket like “Backup” . After this step you will be able to upload files from your local computer or any other location within the Internet through browser to Back Up site. This is a good way to backup all kinds of data including images, videos and databases, etc.. As for backing up Drupal 7 sites: at least one way is using D7DNSServer plugin as described here: https://drupal.org/node/1559091 . You should be aware though that this plugin requires all sites with Drupal 7 installed that you wish to backup to have it installed by default – unless someone came up with something else before!