# Introduction

SimpleBackups is an all-in one backup solution for servers, websites and databases.

Easily connect your server(s) to any storage and schedule your backups the way you need.

To get started, you need to have an SSH access to your server, the credentials of your database, and the path(s) of the files/directories you want to back up.

All SimpleBackups paid plans include a secure backup storage vault called SimpleStorage. This saves you the hassle of connecting your own storage if you don't want to.

# How it works

SimpleBackups acts as a management system for your backups, allowing you to configure all your backups in one place and orchestrate schedulers, servers, storage, notifications and resources.

It works as follows:

1. Connect your server, using our one-line command

This command will take care of setting up all what's needed (does NOT require sudo or root permissions), add the open-source tool (RCLONE) responsible for transferring backup dumps to your preferred storage securely, and broadcast backup information to your SimpleBackups dashboard.

2. Connect your storage (optional)

Bring your storage credentials, we'll validate the connection, and you'll be able to store your backups to this storage moving forward. Note that we also provide a secure storage solution, SimpleStorage, for our paid users.

3. Configure & schedule your backups

Define what you need to back up, whether it's a database (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB), files or both. Our scheduler allows you to easily define when the backup should run (based on your timezone if needed), at which frequency, and how many backups should to be kept (known as retention).

# Why not rely on ...

Custom backup scripts and cron jobs

Build your own backup scripts, that you'll schedule on your servers. This works (and we have built a guide for this), but it requires maintenance and takes time to set up.

Using another cloud backup service

Some could be good, some are not, that's why SimpleBackups exists. We focus on making backups simple and automated, not boring, we provide a solution that satisfies requirements we wanted and haven't found in existing solutions.

Using your cloud server provider for server backups/snapshots

Very dangerous ☠️ - we urge you not to choose this one. Don't rely on what your hosting company provides, having all your eggs in the same basket is not a smart solution when it comes to backups.

Last Updated: 10/30/2020, 1:07:36 PM