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How do I download an entire forum for backup/offline use?

by sneakysnake128 / September 6, 2010 1:31 PM PDT

I am an admin of a forum and I want to back it up in case it goes down for some reason (especially since some of the material there is adult-orientated). I have tried WinHTTTrack, but that only saves individual pages and not any of the topics in that particular forum category.

What program should I use to download an entire forum and its posts for backup/offline use?

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Since you are the admin...
by John.Wilkinson / September 6, 2010 9:36 PM PDT

Just backup the database and the front-end code powering the website. Crawling the site is taxing on the servers, insufficient for guaranteeing full coverage, and doesn't facilitate restoration of the site. Since you are the administrator, that is the most logical solution.


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Don't know where to look for that, but...
by sneakysnake128 / September 9, 2010 1:04 PM PDT

I found the right program for the job. Website eXtractor managed to download the entire forum for me just by inputting a few sample URLs.

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Re: forum extracted
by Kees Bakker / September 9, 2010 5:38 PM PDT

And now - just to know how to do it if you really need it sometimes - find out how to restore the data from this backup. Just pretend your hosting provider stops and you have to get it up and running at another provider from this backup.


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Ah, and that's where it fails...
by John.Wilkinson / September 10, 2010 1:43 AM PDT
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As I noted above, this type of "backup" does not enable you to restore site functionally/content, making it useless should such a need arise.

However, since you are the admin, you either have direct access to the DB and code or know the person who manages such. Thus, you can make a proper backup.


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