Sometimes you may want to forward all backup notification emails to your developer to have him/her take action if backups fail. 

In this case you can change the backup notification email in your SimpleBackups account by following these steps:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Go to the settings page.
  3. Under the Profile Details area, change the Notification email to the desired email address.

If you would like to know more about how notifications work or can be customized, feel free to say Hi and ask or send us an email at [email protected].

You can use Zapier to run your backups every hour using the Backup Trigger URLoption.

Creating an hourly backup using Zapier:

Step 1. Log in to your Zapier account and create a new Zap.

Step 2. Choose the “Schedule” trigger as shown below:

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Step 3. Choose “Every Hour”, if you can’t see it click “Show less common options”.

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Step 4.
 Click “Add a Step” or Action as shown.

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Step 5. Search for the “Webhooks by Zapier” action as shown and click it:

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Step 6. Choose the “GET” option shown then click “Save + Continue”.

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Step 7. In the URL field, paste the Backup Trigger URL from your SimpleBackups account. Then scroll to the bottom and click “Save + Continue”.

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Step 8. Once you reach this step, you should see your Backup Trigger URL listed next to “URL:” – now scroll and click “Send Test To Webhooks by Zapier” and that will trigger a backup test run.

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Step 9. On this screen after Zapier test running your backup, click “Finish”. Note that in the “message” area we see a successful response form SimpleBackups that confirms your backup was dispatched.

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Step 10. Finally, don’t forget to turn your Zap (integration) on. You can do so by clicking the button below.

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If you would like to run your back up every hour or at any needed schedule, you can either choose the custom schedule option and use cron syntax to your liking or use the Backup Trigger URL to do so.

In this guide I will explain how to do so using the Backup Trigger URL. You can follow this guide to create them using Zapier.

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.
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Creating an hourly backup using a cron job:

0 * * * * curl https://my.simplebackups.io/api/backup/ff2482a0-32ca-46ff-afd3-eb1sd0f74328/run?api_token=NQgddC44VPTP4K2JKgZk

or if you are using Laravel Forge you can easily create an hourly backup as shown:

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You can back up your MySQL Amazon RDS databases using SimpleBackups similar to how you back up MySQL databases.

You will need to:

  1. Obtain the database credentials and the endpoint (hostname) shown below
  2. Allow SimpleBackups to connect to your Amazon RDS database

Step 1. Obtain the database credentials and the endpoint (hostname)

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Step 2. Allow SimpleBackups to connect to your Amazon RDS database

To do this, you can either add your server to SimpleBackups assuming that your server is whitelisted and can connect to your RDS instance, or you can use one of our cool features which is the Stand-alone Database Backup Server. 

If you decide to use the Stand-alone Database Backup Server then all you need to do is open a ticket or email/chat with us so we add the server under your account.

Once the server is added you will need to grant it access to your RDS database by following this tutorial.

By default, cPanel does not enable remote MySQL connections, which is a good thing as long as you don’t need to.

If you are using cPanel and want to allow SimpleBackups to back up your MySQL databases without adding a server to your SimpleBackup account, then you will need to whitelist SimpleBackups’ IP (Enable Remote MySQL Connections).

Enabling Remote MySQL in cPanel

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Under Databases, click the Remote MySQL icon shown below.
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3. In the Host field, type in 45.55.63.67 then click Add Host

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Once you have added the IP address to Remote MySQL, chat with us and we will help you with the rest.

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Enabling Remote MySQL in the WHM panel

  1. Log in to your server’s WHM panel 
  2. Find the left-side navigation bar labeled SQL Services, or type ‘mysql’ in the search box as shown below. 
  3. Click Additional MySQL Access Hosts
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4. On the following page, enter SimpleBackups IP address 45.55.63.67 in the text box as shown

5. Click the Save button

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Now that you have added the IP address to WHM, you may need to do it to each cPanel account as well. Follow this tutorial to get it done!


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It is easy to create an access key and a secret key for your DigitalOcean Spaces to add them to your SimpleBackups account.

In this tutorial I will highlight the steps to follow and also provide some screenshots afterwards for additional help.

Simply follow the following steps:

  1. Log in to your DigitalOcean Spaces account or go directly to https://cloud.digitalocean.com/spaces
  2. Click Manage Keys on the right hand side of the Spaces screen or directly go to https://cloud.digitalocean.com/account/api/tokens
  3.  Next to Spaces access keys, click Generate New Key then add a name for your key and click the check mark.
  4. A new Key and Secret will be generated. The shorter one is the Access Key and the longer one is the Secret Key. Use these two values when adding your DigitalOcean Spaces account to SimpleBackups.

An overview of the selections made in the previous steps:

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If DigitalOcean has changed their UI or you can no longer create a new key by following this tutorial, simply email us at [email protected] or chat with us below and we will be glad to help.

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It is easy to create an access key and a secret key for your Google Cloud Storage to add them to your SimpleBackups account.

In this tutorial I will highlight the steps to follow and also provide some screenshots afterwards for additional help.

Simply follow the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Google Cloud Storage Console or go directly to https://console.cloud.google.com/storage/settings
  2. You will be asked to choose a project, select your project (the storage account we need to create the credentials for).
  3.  Then click on the Interoperability tab next to Project Access.
  4. Click Create a new key at the bottom of the screen.
  5. A new Access Key and Secret key will be generated. Use these two values when adding your Google Cloud Storage account to SimpleBackups.


An overview of the selections made in the previous steps:

Simple-Backups-Google-Cloud-Storage


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Creating an access key and a secret key for your Amazon S3 account requires some little work. SimpleBackups needs S3 keys that allow both, read and write permissions to be able to store and retrieve backups under your S3 account.

In this tutorial I will highlight the steps to follow and also provide some screenshots for additional help.

Simply follow these steps:

Step 1. Log in to your AWS Console and go to https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/home

Step 2. Click Users from the left side bar then click Add user

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Step 3.
 Type in a user name and choose Programmatic access as shown then proceed

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Step 4.
 Click Attach existing policies directly then filter by S3 as shown and choose AmazonS3FullAccess

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Step 5.
 Confirm you can see the highlighted policy and click Create user

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Step 6. Finally you will see the newly created Access Key and Secret Key that allow full read and write to S3. Please use these two values when adding your storage to SimpleBackups

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Note: If Amazon has changed their UI or you can no longer create a new key by following this tutorial, please email us at [email protected] or chat with us below and we will be glad to help.

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To grant access to your RDS database, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Choose your RDS database from the list of instances:

Step 2. Scroll to the “Details” section then find the “Security groups” and click on the active security group link. This will directly redirect you to the security group you need to whitelist the IP address at.

Step 3. Make sure the security group that belongs to your RDS database is selected/highlighted. If you are not sure which one it is, you can match them by the VPC ID (in this case it’s the one ending in 0bc0) or the GROUP IP (ending in 6cbf).

Step 4. Click on “Inbound” at the bottom (you can also right click the highlighted item and click “Edit inbound rules“). Then click “Edit”.

Step 5. In this last step you will just need to select the port to whitelist or grant access to. If you are using the default MySQL port then selecting the “MYSQL/Aurora” option works. If you are using a custom port for your database, then under the “Type” dropdown select “Custom TCP Rule” and type the port number in the “Port Range” field.

Step 6. Under the “Source” we finally add the IP address or IP range we need to whitelist. Note: The IP addresses you enter here must be not he range format, which means that you need to append /32 to the end of your IP address.

Example: to whitelist 8.8.8.8 you need to enter 8.8.8.8/32 in the source field.

Don’t forget to click “Save” then you are done ✅