Is that plugin trustworthy? I'm about to install my first wordpress site for a client...however it will be the second one I am working on. Since I had a my first site go down on accident due ftp file moving error type thing, I want to back up as I work on the site, and once we go live. My host does daily backups, but I still would like to retain a copy for my client. I'm so nervous about something breaking in the process of backing up, and even more so, moving the wp site from the test sub domain to the root. I'm obviously a WP newbie, and pretty novice with php and mySQL (going to change that). If there's any advice, such as what tools to use, and best FTP program or settings I'd greatly appreciate the insight. (sorry to hi-jack!)
You probably need to get to know PHPMyAdmin which will let you access the database 'directly'. Use the 'export' tab and add 'drop-table' when you need to overwrite an existing database. Then if you are moving between domains you will need to run some SQL queries to correct some of the settings (mainly in wp_options).
One piece of advice is: always make complete back-ups of both database and file structure and keep them somewhere safe. As you say, it's easy to accidentally mess things up: you want to always make sure you can get back to your starting point if necessary.
Thanks great info to know. I did go into the phpmyadmin area because I screwed up something after the install and had to dump the tables. All over my head so reading up on this is definitely a good idea! I'm going to have to move this thing from a sub-domain to the root to go live so I will need to be doing a lot of maintenance like that beforehand.
I guess I have to read more on this because I have no idea how to do that or what it means to keep them separate. Then again, I don't know how to backup the db yet...but I am sure some reading will help me understand that.
I did get into the back end to dump tables but haven't a clue even what that is. I'm so afraid i'm going to F this up anyways. But I'm going to have to make a backup sometime in the next few days because I'm going to be adding some plugin's and widgets and who knows what is supported in this new 2.8 version.
For example, a typical blog table may have the following fields id, user_id, title, subtitle, entry, created and updated. The structure of the table is represented by those fields and its name. Each row of that table can be considered data. The Data can't exist without the table, but the table can exist without the data. The table exists without the data when its empty no blog entries have been added to it yet. At that point only the structure exists, but no row data.
Unfortunately I don't have access to any other programs, gah. Question about crop marks...are they necessary? This may sound like a silly question, but for the invitations, the design itself is very simple...