Backing up your SocialEngine website is one of the most important steps that you can take to ensure the integrity and longevity of your SocialEngine website. Whether you're installing a new plugin or theme, upgrading to the latest version, or customizing SocialEngine's code, you should backup your website as often as possible.
This article will guide you through the process of making a backup of your site, however if you aren't familiar with the terms below, you should be cautious when performing the actions listed. Many hosting providers provide free (or inexpensive) backup systems that they can restore for you if necessary. We HIGHLY recommend that you start by consulting your web host to find out if they offer backup services.
Backing up a large database can get fairly complex. If your site is very big, the instructions provided below may not be suitable for your specific needs. If you have a large community, you are encouraged to contact your hosting provider. Alternately, you can contact one of our experts to discuss backup strategies that would be more suitable for your website.
What is a backup?
The term backup refers to making copies of data as an emergency insurance policy. In the event the original data is lost or damaged, you will be able to turn to your backups to restore the data in most cases. Note that backups are not fool-proof and are mainly to be used in cases of critical issues such as hardware malfunction, data corruption, and other major issues. A backup is not intended to be used for restoring on a whim as you can have some data loss if your database is large.
Note: Please set your site to “offline maintenance mode” before proceeding. (In your admin area, navigate to Settings > General Settings). This will ensure that new data (content or posts from users) is not being added to the database during the backup process. Leaving it online can cause the backup to be corrupted.
Backup SocialEngine via cPanel
Many hosting providers use cPanel as a control panel for your web hosting services. This video will guide you through the process of backing up your SocialEngine files and database if your hosting provider provides you with cPanel.