Exporting your data can be used to easily back-up your website or help you move from one server to another.

Getting Started: Export Steps

Exporting your data is quite simple:

  1. From your administration panel, click on the "Export" link under the "Settings" heading. This will take you to the "Export" administration page.
  2. Select which data you want to export by selecting/deselecting the check-boxes on the top of the page. As of writing, the options include:
    • Pages, Configuration, Addons
    • Uploaded Files
    • Themes
    • Trash
  3. Select the type of compression you want the export to use. Depending on your server you may have one or more of the following options:
    • gZip (tar/gz)
    • bZip (tar/bz)
    • None (tar)
  4. Once you have your options selected, click the Export button and gpEasy will package your files into a downloadable package and save it to your server. If you want to download the package to your computer, select "download" from the list of "Previous Exports".

Backups

If you don't already have a back up system in place on your server or from your hosting provider, gpEasy's export tool can help you perform your own back ups for your gpEasy managed content. In the event of a server failure, a recent backup can help you get your site back up and running.

To back up your gpEasy installation, run the export tool (See "Export Steps" above) and be sure to download the exported package to a location other than your web server.

Restoring from a Backup

Using an exported package can be used for a number things including:

  • Moving your data to another server
  • Restoring your site after a server failure

Note: It's a good idea to restore within the same version of gpEasy that you did the export from. For example: if your export was performed from an installation using gpEasy 2.3.3, make sure you're using gpEasy 2.3.3 when restoring.

Note: While this process is designed to restore data to your gpEasy installation, it's a good idea to back up your current data before following these steps.

To begin, we'll assume your web server is not your personal computer and that you exported a .tar.gz backup and saved it to your personal computer.

  1. The first step involves uploading your backup to your server. Using your favorite ftp program or other preferred method of uploading files to your server, upload your .tar.gz backup file to the /data/_exports/ folder on your server. (The uploading of backup files from within is not currently possible and most likely won't be available in the future due to server restrictions on maximum file upload sizes that gpEasy can not control.)
  2. Once the backup file is uploaded, navigate back to the Export Administration Page. The export you just uploaded should show up in the list of "Previous Backups" with the following options: Download, Revert and Delete.
  3. Select "Revert" and gpEasy will check the backup file for integrity. It may also prompt you for ftp information if it needs additional file writing permissions for folders on your server. If so, enter your ftp information and click continue.
  4. To finalize, click "Revert to Archive". gpEasy will replace the files on your server with the files in the archive and make sure they are writable.

Restoring Manually

If your installation does not have ftp support, it's likely you won't be able to follow the steps described above for file restoration. You can use the following steps to restore from a backup manually.

Note: As mentioned above, before restoring from a backup, be sure to save a backup of your current site if there's a chance you could lose important content.

Again, we'll assume your web server is not your personal computer and that you exported a .tar.gz backup and saved it to your personal computer.

  1. Open the .tar.gz backup and copy the folder named "gpexport" to your computer. The contents of gpexport have the exact same file structure as your gpEasy installation.
  2. Using your favorite ftp program, upload the files within gpexport to their corresponding locations on your web server. Files in /gpexport/data should be uploaded to /your_server/data etc.
  3. After uploading the files to your server, make sure all of the files in your /data directory are writable. You may need to set their permissions to 777 as they won't have the correct file owner settings as a result of being uploaded by an ftp program.

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