It is highly recommended that you initiate a regular website backup schedule. It is particularly important to take a backup before undertaking any development work on a website.
All flat files for a website are located in the HTDOCs folder and sub–folders thereof. It is important to have a backup of this folder on a local hard–drive or USB key.
You can choose to use a desktop application such as FileZilla or Core FTP LE to take backups or you may choose to use our online file manager https://files.prositehosting.co.uk to download the entire htdocs folder as a single Zip file.
To backup the HTDOCS folder you will need the FTP details supplied to you when your parish/diocese/organisation domain details were emailed initially.
If you use a system such as WordPress or Joomla you will have a MySQL database which will need to be backed up.
(note, please ensure that WordPress, Joomla and any associated plugins are kept up–to–date for security reasons)
You may choose to use a desktop application such as MySQL Workbench to take regular backups of the database, or you may use our online phpMyAdmin panel, https://mysql.prositehosting.co.uk, to export the database as a sql dump file.
If your database is over 20Mb in size, you will need to use MySQL Workbench to take a backup.
To backup a database you will the connection details supplied to you by Church of Ireland Hosting services.
To back up your HTDOCS folder using the online system.
1) Click on https://files.prositehosting.co.uk enter your FTP credentials and click “Logon”.
2) Put a check against the htdocs folder
3) Click the “Download” button (circled in red at the top left side).
4) You will be prompted to either or save the file, click ‘Save’ and then ‘OK’. Please note your operating system may have a different prompt structure. Please choose whichever option will allow you to save a file to your hard–drive or USB key.
To back up your MySQL Database using the online system.
1) Click on https://mysql.prositehosting.co.uk and enter your MySQL Database details as supplied and click “Go”.
2) Click on the “Export” tab (circled in red) then on the “Go” button.
3) Click “Save File”and “OK” to save the SQL dump to your hard–drive or USB key. Please note your operating system may have a different prompt structure. Please choose whichever option will allow you to save a file to your hard–drive or USB key.