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    Web Site Backups

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    Linux is a very powerful OS system. If you the user are on a Linux PC as well as working with a Linux Web Server there is a very easy solution for web backups. This easy solution if BASH script running program called "rsync". Rsync is a powerful backup / synchroniser program. This can work between local Linux PC and Linux server.  

    rsync -rtpogxvcsz --progress --delete --log-file=/var/log/backup.log -e ssh {username}@{domain name}:{path to web site} {path on local machine}

    Now there is a few things you need to set up.

    1. First you need to check with your hosting to see if SSH is possible. Like on iPage Shared Hosting this is not an option. GoDaddy.com does supply SSH ability. Check and see if SSH is available for your hosting.
    2. Now we need a local PC with Linux capable of login into the SSH on your server without using username or passwords. SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into a server with SSH than using a password alone. Generating a key pair provides you with two long string of characters: a public and a private key. You can place the public key on any server, and then unlock it by connecting to it with a client that already has the private key. When the two match up, the system unlocks without the need for a password. 
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