I’ve been mucking around with cpanel and database backup scripts for a few months now. I wanted one that emailed a copy of the database, but didn’t leave a copy on the server. I’m sure I’ve tried a dozen scripts and nothing seemed to work for me on *all* servers.
I stumbled across this cpanel backup software yesterday: CP Site Saver (not an aff link). Since I’ve been at my wits end with scripts, I thought I’d give this a shot.
Two words: It Rocks!
Here’s the magic:
- No scripts to install on each host – just install the software once on your computer
- Backs up *both* the full site backups as well as the databases – if you want. You can also set different backup schedules for both. Say weekly for the site backups and daily for the databases.
- Install a backup folder on your computer *one time*, regardless of how many domains and databases you have. The backup script automatically downloads and sorts the backups in the individual domain’s folder – which the software creates automatically.
- Each domain has its own folder with its own backups. Can’t get any cleaner or more organized than that!
- Add your domains and databases in the software fast and easy – and one time only
- You can do both scheduled and manual backups
- Does not take up hosting server space by dumping a copy there
Set it. Then forgeddaboutit. Just the way I like them. 😆
Here’s What I Tweaked
- The software runs in the background at computer startup to shutdown.
Having software constantly running is something I don’t like to do. I have *a lot* of stuff open and running when I’m working and having another piece going doesn’t thrill me. Here’s how I bent it my way:
Windows Task Scheduler + Configured all the backups to run at the same time
- Step One: When installing the software, don’t install it to run at computer startup. If you did install it to start at computer startup, just go into Start > Run > type msconfig > and deactivate CPSiteSaver in Startup
- Step Two: Create a new folder somewhere on your computer that you want the backups to be downloaded in.
- Step Three: Run CP Site Saver and start adding your domains and databases. Set the schedules for the downloads and configure each backup for the same time. Example: 1:42 a.m. – for everything. You can do some daily or weekly or monthly, different days – whatever, just keep the time set as the same.
- Step Four: Test all backups manually to ensure you’ve entered the correct information for each domain and that the backups find their way to the new folder you created (and configured in the software).
- Step Five: After confirming that everything works as it should, Go into Windows > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks
- If you scheduled all your backups in CP Site Saver for 1:42 a.m., create a scheduled task to run at 1:40 a.m. daily. This gives it a spare two minutes to load up the software before its scheduled backups.
- In the Task settings, click Stop the Task and enter 15 minutes (or however long you know the software needs to complete all the backups – do a test run first and add a few extra minutes just to be safe.)
There’s a text ad exchange that runs at the bottom of the window when the software runs. I don’t care for it, but I know many people like to take advantage of those things. When you purchase the software, you can send in your ads to be included.
- There is a note to email the software creator for an upgrade patch to remove the ads – I haven’t heard back about this yet, but I just submitted my request late last night. >> I just received the upgrade as I finished this review. I installed it and worked like a charm. No more ad exchange :wink:.
- Since I don’t keep the cPanel backup software running 24/7 and I’ve set it up to run with Windows XP Scheduled Tasks, I don’t even *see* the software window itself. It runs seamlessly in the background and then shuts off after the scheduled time. It’s invisible for me now! 😆
I am SO RELIEVED that I can finally remove the “Find database backup script” from my To Do list. I’ve lost some data over the past few months from hosting burps and now I don’t have to worry about it. Big Bonus that everything is so organized and hands free now :wink:.
If you’re interested in giving this a shot, it’s $37 right now (I missed out on the $29!!) and no annual renewal fee (*for the first 1000 customers only) – after that it’s $47 plus annual renewal fee. You can grab it with the link at the top of the page, or use my aff link if you’d like: CP Site Saver.
The Price Is Right and BAM! Another problem solved! 😆