Backup Drupal Using Handy Backup as External Software

Backing up Drupal website content can be a tricky task, unless specialized backup software, like Handy Backup, used for backing up CMS. Handy Backup allows Drupal backup through FTP connections, as well as via FTPS or SFTP, to securely copy all your website content.


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Drupal Backup

How Frequently You Will Need to Back Up Drupal?


Drupal backup must be performed under the next circumstances:

  • Regular saving of website content to avoid disasters or data loss
  • Migrating to another web hosting service

These two types of Drupal backup operations have drastically different frequency of occurring, and require completely different approaches to scheduling.


Backing up CMS Content on a Regular Basis

You will need to save copies of your data after any logical period of data renovation. For most active websites, this period is roughly a workday. Dynamic websites with thousands of simultaneous online operations require much more frequent backup, perhaps on hours or minutes.


Changing Web Hosting Providers

This operation can be viewed as “extreme” circumstances and often you do not need to schedule it; saving website content for migrating purposes can be made manually when the time comes. Nonetheless, you can schedule it or just use the last full backup to backup and migrate Drupal.


Backing up Drupal CMS Using Various Typical Tools

To back up Drupal content, different instruments exist. All these instruments are much more difficult to learn and use than Handy Backup. For matters of convenience, we will describe some of these tools.

  • Using SSH. This practice allows backing up Drupal but requires high skills in both SSH and Drupal. Compared to Handy Backup, allowing backing up Drupal with just one of data source options, this method is too complex to daily use.
  • Operating via drush. The drush utility works with Drupal in most fresh versions for CMS running under Linux. This method is good when meeting these requirements, although it is impossible to implement for Windows servers and CMS versions.
  • Backup through Drupal Backup and Migrate module. Very difficult way for true IT pros, besides security issues emerging on a regular basis with this module. It is a “default” way of migrating Drupal content to another server, but not for daily backups.


How to Backup Drupal Content with Handy Backup


To save all the information from your Drupal CMS, please do the sequence of actions according to the following instruction. This sequence is universal, so it has no changes when you plan to perform Drupal 7 backup of files instead of previous job with Drupal 6, where you backed up databases.

  1. Start Handy Backup. Create a new task by pressing Ctrl+N, selecting a “New task…” menu option or by clicking a button on the top management panel. Then choose a backup task.
  2. On the Step 2, select FTP, SFTP or FTPS as your connection option for Drupal CMS, according to your connection settings.

FTP Configuration
  1. Select the “New configuration…” item and double-click on it. In the window appearing, set up your Drupal connection parameters, then test the connection.

Drupal Backup Settings
  1. Press “OK” and then continue creating your task.

Note: If you are planning to backup Drupal with some database, create a new data source from the particular database engine you are using on the Step 2. Detailed instructions about database backup you can read in the User Manual.

  1. On the Step 3, Handy Backup allows you to select your desired data destination among many storage options available. Choose the storage for backups and continue.
  2. Then you can choose the backup type and set up versioned backup.
  3. On the next step, select compression and/or encryption options if you need for it (we recommend to encrypt your files).
  4. Step 6 allows you scheduling your task. The frequency for backup tasks was discussed above. Select the desired period to start your Drupal backup automatically.
  5. Finally, give your task a name and finish the task creation wizard.

Note: You can copy a fresh CMS backup task to another, and then edit it in aspects of scheduling and backup type, for simple transformation of full backup task to more frequent incremental, differential or mixed backup operation.


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