This blog is my most important digital assert. I cannot imagine what happens when it crashes someday, or I lose all my data. So backup is critical for me – even more critical than my bank account. Here is the backup plan. I hope it is also helpful to other bloggers like me. It also reveals some backstage information about the architecture of this blog.
Critical Server Information:
Hosting Started at: 28-Mar 2006
Current Hosting Plan Ends at: Sat 28-Mar-2009
Host provider: bluehost.com
Download Database Backup
I guess this is even more important than file backup. So I will do it first everytime.
Here are the links to the 5 database I have on this server:
It should be named as
A typical file size should look like:
Daily File Backup
I should transfer data from this URL:
to this URL:
D:\jswangmy\Web\History and Backups\backup-home.wangjianshuo.com-2006-03-20.tar
Please make sure the backup file using the backup tool is always named as backup-home.wangjianshuo.com-yyyy-mm-dd.tar.
Home Directory Backup
Instead of the Full Backup, I found the Home Directory Backup Even more helpful, since most of the (huge) data outside my home is useless for me.
That is from:
d:\jswangmy\Web\History and Backups\backup-home.wangjianshuo.com-dir-3-20-2007.tar
Hosting Provider: ipowerweb.com
It is less strait forward than the bluehost.com. You have to enter an email address at
https://host169.ipowerweb.com:8087/panel/host/backup (new window)
and email you when the backup is created.
I have put the backup files in the backup folder. So the only thing I need to do is to click the backup file to download it.
http://home.wangjianshuo.com/scripts/backup/ (Password required, of cause)