You might have heard us talking about the Stand-alone Database Backup Serverfeature, so what exactly is that? Well, in a few words, it’s a solution that was created to have you easily back up your databases if:

  • Your database size is larger than your server’s free space, or
  • You don’t have a dedicated server, or
  • You are on a shared hosting, or
  • You are using cPanel, or
  • You want to just rapidly back up your database without connecting your server to SimpleBackups

How do we normally back up your databases?

Normally, you add your own server that has access to your database to SimpleBackups, then we back up your database using your own server and in this case, if your database is not publicly accessible, SimpleBackups does not need to be whitelisted.

The role of the Stand-alone Database Backup Server

It acts as your own server, does the job of securely backing up your database and uploading it to your remote storage without having you add your server. 

All you need to do is request the Stand-alone Database Backup Serverby opening a ticket or asking us in the chat. Afterwards you will find it under your account and can use it when creating a database backups.

If your database is not publicly accessible (and usually this is the case), then you will need to whitelist the IP address of the Stand-alone Database Backup Serverto allow it to back up your database. We have created help articles to show you how to do so for:

  1. cPanel
  2. WHM
  3. Amazon RDS

If you need help whitelisting the Database Backup Server let us know and we will be glad to help!

What is the Backup Trigger URL?

It is a unique URL for every backup you have that can be used to run that backup immediately with without having to log in to SimpleBackups.

Example use cases:

  1. Give your client or another developer a URL they can use to run that backup.
  2. Run your backup on a custom interval, let’s say every X minutes/hours.
  3. Run your backup before you deploy a new version of your app.
  4. Run your backup on-demand using a single URL when needed.

How to use the Backup Trigger URL?

  1. Create a backup on SimpleBackups.
  2. View the newly created backup or an already existing backup.
  3. Under the Backup Trigger URL you will find a URL that you can use in a cURL function, a Zapier integration, cron, deploy script, share it with a developer or use it to run your backup on-demand.