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How to Backup Drupal

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Having backups can be vital when managing a website. When you have a backup it means you can be sure that your data will not disappear in a worst case scenario. Also, you will always be able to revert any recent changes if they cause any issues with your website.

In order to backup Drupal you must:

The first thing you must do is back up your files of your Drupal website in the Drupal directory. You can do this by downloading the files using any File Transfer Protocol software.

After that, you have to export the Drupal database. This can be done by using PHPMyAdmin. Go to your Databases and select the database that you want to export. Click Export and select the format in which the database will be exported. Click Go and your database backup will be exported.

It is recommended that you keep the data of every backup and keep them in a folder. You do not want to end up in a situation where your whole site in inoperable due to changes and you cannot revert them. In such a case, if you have a backup, You can avoid situations like this by having a backup and easily returning to a version of your site that does not have issues.

Another good idea would be to keep that data in several different locations. During a system crash, your backup might get deleted and the files of your site would be lost.

Many hosting companies backup your server data automatically. But to be completely safe you should manually backup your data on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

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