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Some questions about functionality and backup

Hey there all!

A few questions from a vanilla forums noob!

If Vanilla Forums is hosted Open Source on say ‘Network Solutions’ would we then be able to connect it to a website from say ‘GoDaddy’ without issues; or do they have to both be hosted by the same company to play well together? And is it as easy as exporting to a MySQL file and switching hosts if we decide to swap over? (And then reinstall plugins etc.)

What kind of backup support does the Open Source model have in place to help keep us safe?

Even links to information would be useful!

I may have a few more questions for you guys as well!

Thanks in advance

-Steve

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  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    Welcome to the community!

    @Daerdon‌ said:
    If Vanilla Forums is hosted Open Source on say ‘Network Solutions’ would we then be able to connect it to a website from say ‘GoDaddy’ without issues; or do they have to both be hosted by the same company to play well together?

    I have never hosted with a remote db connection to another company, but assuming your hosts are ok with it, that is definitely supported.

    @Daerdon‌ said:
    And is it as easy as exporting to a MySQL file and switching hosts if we decide to swap over? (And then reinstall plugins etc.)

    Switching hosts is as easy as backing up your forum and db, and copying the files over to your new host and db records to the new db. You have to clear out the /cache folder to ensure the class maps are updated.

    @Daerdon said:
    What kind of backup support does the Open Source model have in place to help keep us safe?

    The open source version of Vanilla has no "built-in" backup solution. You need to back up the MySQL db, /conf, /uploads, as well as any addons you have added (applications, themes, locales, plugins).

    Hope that sheds some light on your situation!

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