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Mastering Magento by Bret Williams

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Backing up your database

While we're on the topic of cron jobs, one system cron job you should consider is backing up your Magento database. As usual, this advice is based on hard-earned experience. In the course of working with Magento, and especially if you have clients who have permissions to add extensions and change configuration, you may need to restore the Magento database to a previous, working state.

While most server hosting providers provide backup services, restoring just the Magento database can take a long time, as server backups restore all the files on the server, not just your database. Some providers do provide specific database backups, but to be safe, it doesn't hurt to schedule your server to do your own backups. Additionally, ...

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