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OpenCart Automated Backups on Schedule

Most of online entrepreneurs are quite lax when it comes to making backups of database. It’s too much hassle, so we usually try to find excuses like - “the chances that something wrong happens are too low”, “I will do a copy of data later” or “my hosting should have the one for me”.

Though, eCommerce is not a Fairyland. Failures don’t happen very often, but they DO happen. Manual mistakes, data removal made by accident, software/hardware errors, data centers went down, hackers on the guard - all of these constitute potential risk to you as store owner.

The worst thing is not the damage or loss of some data, but the fact that you cannot fix it. Your database is the most valuable part of your site, containing important customer and product information. So the loss of these vital details can be really devastating event and mean thousands of dollars in damages, lost time and revenue.

You can avoid this headache and be prepared to any problem on your way in case you have recent copy of your database saved.


How to Avoid Data Loss

Whether your host offers an back-up or not, it is a good practice to have one more consistent copy of your database. However, backing up your store information manually you need to spend time on it, making sure that everything is saved correctly and your copy is not outdated. The main thing is that the tasks should be done recurringly and you do not forget to do them.

Backup copies maintained automatically in the background are good way-out to make sure that the procedure is done timely and your data are out of danger.

If you are looking for a solution to automate the backups for your OpenCart database, check out Store Manager for OpenCart.

This solution allows you to define when you want to backup OpenCart database and after the settings are made, perform the procedure regularly and automatically. No difficult scripts or special technical skills are required - you just set up everything once and it simply works. Hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or yearly - you decide on your own, of course, considering your resources (in case you plan to do back-ups really often).

The procedure consists of 2 main stages: setting up backup configurations and adding tasks to scheduler. Let’s review each.



Backup Configuration Settings

To configure the way the data should be further saved into backup file, you need to press “Create or modify configuration” button and indicate where information should be saved and what exactly data you would like to be backed up.


Assign to configuration meaningful name and save the settings.


Schedule Backup Running

After you have indicated the settings, decide when backup procedure should be executed. Press “Add Task to Scheduler”, choose configuration name and indicate the time when it should be running/repeated.


Basically, that’s it. A few settings and you can be sure that your OpenCart database is safe.


Problems happen, sooner or later. Be ready for the obstacles, ensuring that you have done all possible to be able to recover information with no losses.