Backup your web site! If you are using a database driven website such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc you probably know how to FTP files but when it comes to the database many people are baffled. FTP does not grab the database files (unless Access format) and this is where your backup regime may fail.
Don’t presume that your hosting company will do it all for you. Hard disk drives are mechanical, breakdowns are unavoidable. And even those who use Raid arrays can end up losing your data. So who is responsible? Does it really matter? That hard work you put in creating the database could take weeks, months or years to recreate.
The answer? HeidiSQL is a completely free tool which you can download from http://www.heidisql.com
Using this tool, you can backup MySQL databases with ease. It can also export your MySQL database as a text file onto your PC which is very useful. You can import or restore any databases provided you have the necessary passwords.
Don’t delay, do it now before you forget!