How to Backup Moodle – Everything You Need to Know

Site backup is something that can allow the administrator of any website to save all the things that are associated with Moodle site. There are chances for you to restore these backup so that it is possible for you to bring the site back when backup can be done. It is highly recommended to do regular backups so that it is possible for reducing the loss of the information even when there is some kind of worst problems with the website and also for speeding up the overall recovery process.

It is always good for the individuals to make use of such kind of the backup methods that can help them in keeping all the things related with the website in much safer manner so that there is no need for them to worry when they are having some issues for the website.

Things to be Backed Up

The backup related with the Moodle can be done in much effective manner only when you know exactly the kind of the system that you have and also the components associated with it. There are chances for you to make the whole process of backup much simpler of you have better idea about the system. The data that are stored in the database form a major part of the Moodle system that include the mysql database.

It is also necessary for you to know that all the files that are uploaded to Moodle also form a part of the system that may also need to be backed up. Another important part of the Moodle form is the Moodle code which include the things that are there with Moodle, the server and also the htdocs which are there with the Moodle. These three are the things that need to be preserved so that you can easily make use of Moodle even when the system undergoes some kind of the issues.

It is possible for you to check whether all these three components are there with the Moodle installation by checking with config.php.

You can see the database name with the command $CFG->dbname. The command $CFG->prefix can be used for showing the prefix of the name of the database table. $CFG->dataroot can be made used for controlling the place where the uploaded files can be stored. $CFG->wwwroot can be used for pointing to the place where code is stored on the moodle. It is as a whole a system which can provide you with the possibility for saving and knowing so many things.

Uploaded files and also the database form the major things that need to be copies in a regular way. It is good for you to go for frequent backup on these things so that you can be sure that there are less chances for you to lose the things that you actually have. The code of the moodle may not need much frequent kind of the backup as it can be changed only when there are changes in actual code through some things like tweaks in the code, addins and also in upgrades.

It is possible for you to get the code of the moodle in the standard format from a proper kind of the link. It is possible for you to use the thing in such a way that it is possible for changing the parts of the code by your own as per the needs and also requirements.

How to Backup Moodle

Database Backup

The method through which the database in Moodle is backed up depends entirely on the database system which is used in the Moodle. It is possible for you to backup database using some code and also by making use of some tools like that of phpMyAdmin so that you can backup the database manually.

There are chances for you to get more options for the documentation of your database. Character encoding is the kind of the method suitable for backup of the database. It is good for you to check for all the possible issues of character encoding when you are doing the backup of database in Moodle through character encoding.

It is possible for you to make use of the tools like phpMyAdmin and also mySQLdumper for providing great backup for the database in moodle. phpMyadmin is the tool which is mainly chosen by most of the web hosting – providers. The mySQL dumper is the one which makes use of some better technique so that there are chances for avoiding the situation of interruption when the php scripts are run.

Uploading Files Backup

Moodle allows the users to create or upload folders and files in it. These are the things that may be present in the directory of Moodle which is mostly known as the Moodle data. There are so many different ways through which you can backup these things as they are normal files that you can find all the various places.

It is not necessary for you to provide regular and frequent backups for all the moodle files that are present in the site. There are chances for some new administrator to actually make use of the whole process o backup. It is possible for you to make use of so many kinds of the tools depending on operating environment that you may be using so that the files that you have uploaded in the backup can be easily backed up. It is good for you to choose the method that you think can be most appropriate for you.

Moodle Code Backup

If you are wondering how to backup Moodle code then there are so many methods for this also to be done in appropriate manner so that your whole Moodle can be in safer way. The way through which you backup the Moodle code may be much similar to the backing up of the Moodle data. It is suggested that you need to have so many copies of the Moodle code so that it become much easier for you to use that in appropriate manner.

Nicole Lewis
Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.
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