Lesson 3. Backup and Restore in the CS-Cart Web Store Solution

As you might know there are two types of people: those who backup, and those who will backup. So backup might be not the most prominent feature but one of the most important that’s for sure. This function may really come in handy when you are planning to make some major changes in CS-Cart but the outcome for the full ecommerce solution is rather blurred.

To backup your data use Backup/Restore at the Administration section. There two main features: Backup files and Backup database data. The first one is the global backup that saves not just the data but the core of the online store program. In this type of backup extra folders like images, files, attachments, and languages can be added. They can be selected one by one or all at once. There is no need to do this kind of backup very often. We recommend to do it only once or twice a month, or before the installation of add-ons, upgrades, and core alterations.

The feature that is used more frequently is the database backup. The database contains all information about products, their properties, categories, styles of the storefront, layouts, and so on.

For those of you who doesn’t know how the backup works in shopping cart applications — after the mess was made you can fix it by uploading the archive with backup and everything will return to its original state before the mess. Just don’t forget to make a backup before making a mess.