How to Configure BackupBuddy’s General Settings: Permissions, Security and More

Posted OnFeb 10, 2015     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

Prior to performing a back-up, restore or migrate procedure, the Settings area should be configured.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard, navigate to BackupBuddy -> Settings -> General Settings.

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Step 3) Complete the fields as shown below:

General

A. ImportBuddy password Enter your ImportBuddy password in both textboxes. Completing these fields prevents unauthorized access.

This password was generated when BackupBuddy was purchased and you created an ithemes Account.
B. Custom local storage directory Enter a new directory or leave blank to use the default directory:
<yourwebsite.com>/wp-content/uploads/backupbuddy_backups/.

For this example, no change was made.

C. BackupBuddy access permission From the dropdown list, select the role that has access to BackupBuddy.
We recommend that the default Administrator role is not changed.

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Email Notifications

D. Send notification after period of no backups Enter the maximum number of days that may pass with no new backup being created before sending an email notification. Enter 0 to disable this option (not recommended).

For the example, the default value of 45 was not changed.

E. Scheduled backup started email recipient(s) Enter an email address where to send notifications when a scheduled backup is started. Use commas (,) to separate multiple email addresses.

Notifications will not be sent for remote destination file transfers.

Click the Customize Email hyperlink to display additional fields where you can customize the Subject and Body of the email.

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For this example, our Administrator’s email address was entered and no other changes were made.

F. Scheduled backup completed email recipient(s) Enter an email address where to send notifications when a scheduled backup is completed. Use commas (,) to separate multiple email addresses.

For this example, our Administrator’s email address was entered and no other changes were made.

G. File destination send finished email recipient(s) Enter an email address where to send notifications when remote sends are finished. Use commas (,) to separate multiple email addresses.

For this example, our Administrator’s email address was entered and no other changes were made.

H. Error notification recipient(s) Enter an email address where to send notifications when an error is encountered. Use commas (,) to separate multiple email addresses.

Click the Test hyperlink to send a test email to the email address entered in this field.

For this example, our Administrator’s email address was entered and no other changes were made.

I. Email return address Enter an email address that will be listed as the from email address for any emails sent by BackupBuddy.

Leave this field blank to use the WordPress Admin Email.

For this example, no change was made.

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If the fields were completed as outlined above, they will display as follows:

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Click the Save General Settings button to save any changes.

Local Archive Storage Limits

J. Limit number of local backups to keep Enter the maximum number of local archived backups to store (remote archive limits are configured per destination based on their respective settings pages).

Any new backups created after this limit is met will result in your oldest backup(s) being deleted to make room for the newer ones. Changes to this setting take place once a new backup is made. Enter 0 for no limit.

For this example, 10 was entered.

K. Size limit of all local backups combined Enter the maximum size (in MB) to allow your total local archives to reach (remote access limits are configured per destination based on their respective settings pages).

Any new backups created after this limit is met will result in your oldest backup(s) being deleted to make room for the newer ones. Changes to this setting take place once a new backup is made. Enter 0 for no limit.

For this example, no change was made.

Once we determine the size of the backup file, we will change the value entered here.
L. Age limit of local backups Enter the maximum age (in days) to allow your local archives to reach (remote access limits are configured per destination based on their respective settings pages).

Any new backups exceeding this age will be deleted as new backups are created. Changes to this setting take place once a new backup is made. Enter 0 for no limit.

For this example, 120 was entered.

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If the fields were completed as outlined above, they will display as follows:

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Click the Save General Settings button to save any changes.

Database Defaults

M. Default base database tables to backup From the available radio buttons, click to select the table type to include in your backup.

For this example, the default value of This WordPress’ tables (prefix wp_) was selected.

N. Include & Exclude: This area displays a list of additional database tables to include OR exclude in addition to the defaults determined by the previous option.

You may override defaults with exclusions. Excluding tables may result in an incomplete or broken backup.

To include additional tables, perform the following steps:

  • Hover over a table name to display the Plus and Minus icons.
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  • Click the Plus icon to add this table to the Inclusions text area.
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  • Repeat the above process to include additional tables.

To exclude tables, perform the following steps:

  • Hover over a table name to display the Plus and Minus icons.
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  • Click the Minus icon to add this table to the Exclusion text area.
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  • Repeat this process to exclude additional tables.

Click the Save General Settings button to save any changes.

File & Directory Defaults

To exclude File(s) and/or Directories, perform the following steps:

  • Click to select the appropriate File or Directory to exclude.
  • Click the Minus icon to add to the Excluded files & directories Exclusions text area.
  • Repeat this process to exclude additional File(s) or Directories.
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Click the Save General Settings button to save any changes.

The next step of the guide will focus on How to Configure the BackupBuddy Advanced Settings.


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