Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..
Many thanks for your help. I downloaded a freeby ftp prog and that tool care of the backup fine. You are right, I think that the time out was the reason for failure prior to this..
Should the worst happen and I lose the site, would you suggest just ftp the backup back to my web space or should I install a fresh osc to the webspace then simply copy the backup over the new installation files?.
Thanks once again for your help and support..
If no changes are made to the iPage site other than products being added then in event of failure ftp your backup to the site.
What to do is to backup the database on a regular basis and have this backup sql stored locally on some media, in the event of failure you can restore your entire site.
This is how I develop sites, install locally and do all the mods then ftp the whole thing to the server..
That's great. Done all that you suggest and feel a lot happier about things now. We worry a lot us Brits.
It seems that the admin backup does backup the product info, but it does not backup most other database settings. I wonder why? That's why I mostly use phpMyAdmin to make a database backup. It stores the whole database (and the resulting backup file is even smaller)...
You could of course use cron jobs to help with backups..
I know it exists, don't know how it works. Do you have a link to a good tutorial/explanation on cron jobs? (already searched for it but could not find anything I really understood)..
Hello chaps!! (and chapesses)..
I have done just about all I need now to customise my osc site, however I need to find a way to backup all my hard work and save it all on my PC. How do I do this. I am worried that, for whatever reason, my web space disappears and I lose all the hard work I have spent getting the sote up and running..
I know there is a backup option in the admin bit but this seems to only backup a tiny bit of information (not sure what) but not the whole site. I have tried copying the whole lot by ftp but it doesn't seem to work - itjust dies half waythrough..
Any ideas please anybody???.
The admin backup allows you to make a backup of your database to a directory called backups in the admin directory..
There should not be a problem backing up the entire iPage site using an ftp program such as ws_ftp unless for some reason this is not configured properly and the connection is timed out..
I would look more closely at the settings for ftp..
Is this an ftp program installed on the server, if it is then use a stand alone ftp program such as ws_ftp installed on your local machine as most often the backup facilities provided by the hosts are set to timeout and also they will limit the amount of memory allocated to the running of scripts such as that which is used for the backup..
I say again a stand alone ftp program..