I’ve spend quite a few unhappy minutes searching for software that can make backups of FTP server of this blog. Backup software is much more focused on making backup to FTP and that makes search painful since keywords are same.
Naturally I have all original files stored locally but Windows Live Writer creates rather weird directory structure that would be pain to recreate if something happens.
Suddenly I remembered that I had Cobian Backup bookmarked to check out and it became perfect match to my needs.
What it does
Cobian Backup is long-developed and full featured solution.
- runs as application or system service;
- supports incremental and differential backups;
- supports compression (zip, 7zip) and encryption;
- FTP servers both as sources and destinations;
- plenty of other stuff I hadn’t discovered yet.
Setting up backing up
Interface is very polished and easy to work with. Main interface acts as holder for list of tasks and information area.
Task > New Task (Ctrl+A or new task button) creates new backup task. There are numerous options here and since app has plenty of hints and detailed help I won’t go into boring details.
I’ve created simple task that backups three folders from my FTP (images, WordPress theme and plugin folders) to zip archive on my local drive every week. I’ve pointed it to my working blog directory so it will be copied to my external drive every time I sync using SyncEXP as well.
Solid and freeware backup solution. Very polished, very flexible.
Not sure how portable it is – Softpedia lists (unofficial?) portable version for download while Portable Freeware Collection lists it as rejected for using user profile name while saving settings. Still I have SyncEXP that is more suitable for on-the-go sync.
Home&download page http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm