Backup and Restore Database in phpBB

By on February 22nd, 2016

phpBB is a PHP based forum management software. It manages the data of the forum in a MySQL database. It means that the most important part of your website is the database. If you lose your MySQL database, you won’t have any data to show on the website. It means that you have to regularly create a backup of your database so that you don’t lose your forum when something goes wrong with the server.

phpBB is an advanced forum management system that provides you the backup and restore features out-of-the-box. You do not need any technical knowledge to backup and restore your database in phpBB. You also don’t have to install any additional extensions to use these features. So, Let’s see How to backup and restore database in phpBB. To make this tutorial easy to understand, We have attached the image with each and every step.

How to Backup and Restore Database in phpBB

Step 1: Log in to the administrator control panel using admin credentials.

Step 2: Click on the “Maintenance” tab given in the list of tabs available.

How to backup and restore database in phpBB - Step 1 and 2

On this page, You will see “Backup” and “Restore” options under the “Database” section in the left sidebar of the admin panel. Let’s first see How to create a backup. Then we will understand How to restore it.

Create a Backup of Database in phpBB

Step 3.1: Click on the “Backup” option from the left sidebar.

How to create a backup of database in phpBB - Step 3.1

Step 3.2: On this page, select the Backup type, Filetype and the tables you want in the backup.

How to create a database backup in phpBB - Step 3.2

Step 3.3: Click on the “Submit” button to start the backup creation process. Once the backup is ready, you will see a success message.

Now, Let’s see how to restore a specific backup.

Restore the database backup in phpBB

Step 3.1: Click on the “Restore” option from the left sidebar.

Step 3.2: On this page, you will see a list of available database backups. Select a backup you want to restore.

How to restore database backup in phpBB - Step 3.2

Step 3.3: Click on the “Submit” button to start the restore process. It will ask you for the confirmation. If you are sure, click on “Yes” button in the confirmation box.

So, this is how you can create and restore database backup in phpBB. It is very important to have regular backups of your forum to avoid complete data loss. If this method is not working for you, feel free to use the following comment section.

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