Backup that Database with phpMyAdmin

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Backing up your database as often as possible is essential. For WordPress, as well as for other applications, plugins and other scripts that help automate the task are easily obtainable. However, for several reasons, it is a good idea to understand the process of manually creating a backup copy of your database. This brief tutorial1 should help cement the process into a solid reference. We are assuming that you have an SQL database and have access via phpMyAdmin.

Before reading through the gory details written below, check out the screenshot to the left (click on the image). That picture is literally worth a thousand characters. Another way to avoid the forthcoming verbose explanation is to skip the next paragraph to the neatly summarized list.

First, open phpMyAdmin and select from the dropdown menu the database you wish to backup. If there is only one database available, select it by clicking on its name. Now, along the upper-right row of tabs, click on the "export" tab. From that screen, under the subcategory "Export", click on "select all" and make sure that the "SQL" option is selected. Then, under the SQL Options/Structure category, make sure "Structure", "Add DROP TABLE", "Add AUTO_INCREMENT value", and "Enclose table and field names with backquotes" are checked. Finally, under the "SQL Options/Data" category, make sure "Data", "Complete inserts", and "Use hexadecimal for binary fields" are checked. The "Export type" should be set to "INSERT". Finally, check "Save as file" and do not change the "File name template". It is advisable to save both a compressed copy and a zipped copy. Click "Save" and you are done.

  1. Open phpMyAdmin, select database, click on "Export"
  2. Within the "Export" screen, click on "Select All" and select "SQL"
  3. Then check "Structure", "Add DROP TABLE", "Add AUTO_INCREMENT..", and "Enclose table.."
  4. Also check "Data", "Complete inserts", and "Use hexadecimal.."
  5. Check "Save as file", select a compression format, and "Go"!

Footnotes

  • 1 This brief tutorial is merely a hybrid of personal experience and Podz' priceless Backup your data tutorial (404 link removed 2012/10/15)