Knowledgebase: 3rd Party Software
CodeGuard Backups
Posted by ASO Admin on 21 February 2020 08:21 AM

When you purchase CodeGuard you'll be prompted to connect your site to CodeGuard via FTP, SFTP or MySQL. The method through which you choose to connect depends on your familiarity with the process, your server configuration and the type of connection you want to setup.

Initial Backup

Once connected, CodeGuard will begin running an initial backup on the website. During this process, a complete data retrieval of all files that CodeGuard has access to will be compiled.

After the initial backup, future backups are differential, both in the files that are transferred and the files that are stored on your behalf. It is during this process that you will also be able to view real-time updates on the backup process.

Backup Process

There are four main steps within the initial backup process:

  1. Process Initiation - CodeGuard verifies the credentials provided.

  2. File Pickup - The file structure of the website is analyzed before Codeguard creates a git repository into a cloud server.

  3. File Transit - The file pickup process is finalized by confirming the list of files that will be copied over to the git repository created for the site. Once confirmed, the files are then transferred over the to git repository onto the cloud server.

  4. Final Delivery - Files are moved from the git repository onto the cloud server and encrypted as they are moved to a digital storage facility. Once moved and encrypted, the files are removed from the cloud server. 

Continuous Backups

After the initial backup, whenever CodeGuard detects a change to the site's source code, the backup process outlined above will take place for the files that were affected by the change.

CodeGuard continues to monitor your site daily and will send you an email notification if there are any changes to your site.

On-Demand Backups

On-demand backups are available to CodeGuard Professional, Premium and Enterprise plans. This feature allows users to create backups whenever desired in addition to the daily automated backups.

To start an on-demand backup:

  1. Log into your CodeGuard account

  2. Select the site for which you wish to run a backup

  3. In the Files tab, locate the backup counter; you may have to scroll down the page 

  4. Click Run Backup Now

Your backup will be queued to begin shortly.

Checking the Progress of a Backup

After you click the Run Backup Now button, the button will be replaced with the text 'Backup was requested' with a check mark next to it.

In addition to this, you can check to make sure your backup was completed by doing the following:

  1. From within your CodeGuard dashboard, navigate to the Restore tab

  2. Under Latest Backups, click View All

If the backup was completed, it will be listed in the Backup History with the date, time and details showing what was changed.

Check out our other CodeGuard articles for more info.

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