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    I hate My PC
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    Hi everyone,

    I’ve been quiet for a while and now I am back in an additional and new incarnation.

    I have contributed articles to Flying Solo for some years now and an article I wrote in 2011 resulted in the planting of a seed, a seed to help people to their data backups easier, smarter, better and less painfully.

    http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/technology/business-technology/data-backups-pay-attention-or-you-will-pay

    As a result I now have a managed online backup service.

    It is unique in that a real person, me, keeps an eye on your backups and makes sure they work and you are protected by proper offsite backups (among other things).

    I’ve been passionate about the fact that only data backups will save you from the inevitable failure of your computer.

    All hard disks have a 100% failure rate – time is the only variable. Aside from that, human error, malicious attacks, accidents, theft, fire, flood, etc. etc. all help with the premature disappearance of your precious data.

    Much of your data simply cannot be recreated from scratch if you lose it. Just think about photos as a starting point – you can’t take those again.

    If you have any questions about your backups please feel free to ask me.

    Feel free to find out more at my web site http://www.dontloseit.com.au

    I’m proud of the “Surprising ways to lsoe data” post series there. I am sure you’ll find some of those eye opening :-)

    Thanks for your time, David

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    Welcome back!

    Do you do website backups?

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    Hi Matthew,

    That depends on what type of web site you are talking about.

    Generally your web host will have a backup system in place.
    This is great if your web site gets mucked up somehow but doesn’t help if you want to move it to a new web host. NB: Some may give you a “download web site” option and web site ripping or copying tools do exist.

    However, not all web hosts have this and not all provide it free. You’ll need to check yours to find out for sure.

    If your web site is one that you’ve built locally i.e. on your computer with some sort of editor or other creation tools and uploaded to your web host/site yourself, then yes – all your source files and inputs on your computer can be backed up.

    If you had a third party create your web site, then you should ask them for a backup or master copy. They should be able to provide it on a CD or email you a zip file etc. that contains all the source files. It is best to check with them as again, depending on your web site, this may or may not be all you need to back it up. For example, your web site may use databases and that is a whole other ballgame :-)

    I hope that helps.
    David

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    Thanks :)

    The reason I asked is because I have 40 sites I host that require backups. At the moment there is a backup option with my host, but I am looking at moving over to Amazon web services, and so are in the market for a website backup system for Wordress Multisite.

    I would much rather go with a local, but I can’t seem to find any!

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    Hi David,

    It’s great to see you back on Flying Solo :)

    All the best for the new venture – I know this is an area you’re super-passionate about, so hope it’s a huge success for you.

    Jayne

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    MatthewKeath, post: 158370 wrote:
    Thanks :)

    The reason I asked is because I have 40 sites I host that require backups. At the moment there is a backup option with my host, but I am looking at moving over to Amazon web services, and so are in the market for a website backup system for Wordress Multisite.

    I would much rather go with a local, but I can’t seem to find any!

    I see.

    That’s a fairly specialised backup requirement and one that would need to integrate tightly with Amazon’s product.

    I’ve not looked into it, but I’d be surprised Amazon don’t offer a backup option. I suspect they do, an expensive one right? :-)

    My system is based on backing up local data i.e. the data on your pc. So it can’t integrate with web sites and their back-end services to back them up.

    Sorry.

    P.S. I don’t envy your migration work for 40 web sites. However, it will be an eye opener in as much as that will be the sort of work required to restore a web site if there is a major failure AND you have to go to a new web host.

    Take good notes :-)

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    FS Concierge, post: 158377 wrote:
    Hi David,

    It’s great to see you back on Flying Solo :)

    All the best for the new venture – I know this is an area you’re super-passionate about, so hope it’s a huge success for you.

    Jayne

    Thanks Jayne,
    I’ve never quite gone away from an observers perspective.
    I’ve just not contributed in a while. :-)

    Here’s a question though, I turned off FS emails some time back, probably when I was travelling overseas and was turning off all emails to avoid data roaming charges, and for the life of me I can’t find where to subscribe back to the FS emails…or is it all Facebook and Twitter now?

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    don’t lose it, post: 158410 wrote:
    I see.

    That’s a fairly specialised backup requirement and one that would need to integrate tightly with Amazon’s product.

    I’ve not looked into it, but I’d be surprised Amazon don’t offer a backup option. I suspect they do, an expensive one right? :-)

    My system is based on backing up local data i.e. the data on your pc. So it can’t integrate with web sites and their back-end services to back them up.

    Sorry.

    P.S. I don’t envy your migration work for 40 web sites. However, it will be an eye opener in as much as that will be the sort of work required to restore a web site if there is a major failure AND you have to go to a new web host.

    Take good notes :-)Haha I am not looking forward to it! I
    May leave they where they are are and only add new ones to Amazon, but that’s not that cost effective.

    The problem is Amazon has backup, but it’s only for the entire instance, rather than individual accounts. I don’t want to have to restore
    100 sites for one broken one.

    Thanks for your tips :)

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    MatthewKeath, post: 158431 wrote:
    Haha I am not looking forward to it! I
    May leave they where they are are and only add new ones to Amazon, but that’s not that cost effective.

    The problem is Amazon has backup, but it’s only for the entire instance, rather than individual accounts. I don’t want to have to restore
    100 sites for one broken one.

    Thanks for your tips :)

    No worries.
    You are welcome :-)

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    don’t lose it, post: 158413 wrote:
    Thanks Jayne,
    I’ve never quite gone away from an observers perspective.
    I’ve just not contributed in a while. :-)

    Here’s a question though, I turned off FS emails some time back, probably when I was travelling overseas and was turning off all emails to avoid data roaming charges, and for the life of me I can’t find where to subscribe back to the FS emails…or is it all Facebook and Twitter now?

    Well, we’re very thrilled to have you back.

    We’ll add your new email address to the mailing list for you so that you start getting the newsletters again.

    Cheers,
    Jayne

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    FS Concierge, post: 158622 wrote:
    Well, we’re very thrilled to have you back.

    We’ll add your new email address to the mailing list for you so that you start getting the newsletters again.

    Cheers,
    Jayne

    Thanks, I’ll keep an eye out for them. :-)

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    MatthewKeath, post: 158370 wrote:
    Thanks :)

    The reason I asked is because I have 40 sites I host that require backups. At the moment there is a backup option with my host, but I am looking at moving over to Amazon web services, and so are in the market for a website backup system for Wordress Multisite.

    I would much rather go with a local, but I can’t seem to find any!

    Hi Matt,

    Cant you create a little cron job that will automatically email you a copy of the database every day?

    Steve

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