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How to take daily website backup?

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Hi,

I am fairly new to web-development.

I would like to know following:

(a) At what intervals should site backup be taken?

(b) By site backup, I believe we are talking about database backup right?

(c) How to do database backup...and how to restore it if site is not hosted on dedicated server...i.e. you are hosting it on some commercial web-host?
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I dont see app_data folder on my webserver. Where is it located?
If your site is created using asp.net and if you are using the aspnet inbuilt database (the mdf file basically), then it must be there in the app_data folder inside your root. i.e. if your while site is in a folder say 'html',  then the app_data folder will be under html as well.

Kindly confirm what type of database you are using.
If you are using for example godaddy.com, then they provide database services wherein you need not to use such database, instead database is created using your username and is stored in a different place. So it depends on the host/ t ype of hosting that you buy.
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If you are using a commercial web hosting provider, they will almost invariably backup all your web site files and any SQL databases automatically - usually at least once a day. This is for their own security as if you are paying to have your site hosted, they are responsible for ensuring that your files are safe in the event of anything happening to the hardware.

Some hosting proividers will make a charge if you ever need to restore the files, unless it is needed because of a hardware failure.

If you host a site on your own dedicated server, then you need to implement your own backup strategy for all files and databases on the server.

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This is for their own security as if you are paying to have your site hosted, they are responsible for ensuring that your files are safe in the event of anything happening to the hardware.

One shouldn't assume this. There are numerous times I've heard of people losing everything because the hosting company does not create backups, or stores the backups on the same server (read: Hard Drive) as the website, so when a HD fails so will the backup.
I'm not saying all hosting company's do this, but there's loads of differences between hosters.
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There are cheaper and simpler solutions. For example KLS Backup software. This can fetch all files from an FTP and (if permitted by the host) can backup the database as well. One can set a schedule so all goes automatically.
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