Cpanel Full Backup

It’s a smart idea to back up your mysql databases, php scripts, and domain settings of your cpanel accounts. To do this, cpanel has a built in function called the “backup wizard.” To activate the wizard, simply log into your cpanel account and click “Backup Wizard.”

Today I’ve been backing up some of my cpanel accounts.  It seems like a simple task, but can be really confusing.

It’s a smart idea to back up your mysql databases, php scripts, and domain settings of your cpanel accounts.  To do this, cpanel has a built in function called the “backup wizard.”  To activate the wizard, simply log into your cpanel account and click “Backup Wizard.”

The wizard gives you a few options, but the only one that makes sense to me was the Full Backup that backs up your databases, scripts, and domains to a .tar.gz file.  The cpanel backup script will notify you via email when it has backed your account up.

Once the account backup is complete, simply FTP into your account and download your .tar.gz backup.

If you want to restore your backup onto a new server, you’ll need to have the server administrator restore the backup via WHM.  Cpanel can not restore full account backups (seems silly, but that’s how it works.)

Open source osDate

osDate provides users with ways to find other users of a particular niche. What I mean by this is that osDate isn’t your normal match.com site (but it could be). osDate is what you want it to be. The possibilities are limitless. If you wanted you could have a Christian dating site, a Jewish dating site, and/or a Muslim dating site.

This weekend I’ve been playing around with an open source project titled osDate.  osDate is a freely available online dating system.  I’ve registered a few domains and installed them on my host to begin hacking this system.  osDate is powered by MySQL and PHP.  I currently have it running on an apache webserver powered by CentOS.  I’ll release the domain name after it’s configured properly.

osDate provides users with ways to find other users of a particular niche.  What I mean by this is that osDate isn’t your normal match.com site (but it could be).  osDate is what you want it to be.  The possibilities are limitless.  If you wanted you could have a Christian dating site, a Jewish dating site, and/or a Muslim dating site.

A large problem with open source communities is lack of documentation.  Really.. who wants to write documentation?  I don’t blame them.  osDate is no exception. The documentation is poor.  However, there is a forum community that you could find with a quick google search.

What I’ve done with osDate so far:

  1. Installed – Installation is easy! Just upload files, create a database, and point your browser to install.php
  2. Set up admin account
  3. Began configuration

I’m a huge fan of open source software, and any hacks or upgrades I make to the software will be posted on this blog.