Project Backup

Automatic backups of your website

There are a few options when it comes to backing up your project, the first method we'd recommend is to publish a copy alongside your website. This can be done automatically inside of RapidWeaver.

Automatic Backup when publishing

When RapidWeaver publishes your website, an optional backup of the RapidWeaver project file can be uploaded at the same time. The project file is compressed as a ZIP file, and is placed in a secret folder on your website, meaning that if you know the address it can be downloaded and re-used.

You can enable backups to happen every time you publish, or on a less regular schedule. Backups only occur when your site is published, and do not happen in the background.

Project backup will increase the amount of time taken to publish your website. RapidWeaver cannot use multiple concurrent connections to upload a backup, as concurrent connections can only be used to upload different files.

RapidWeaver does not store your publishing password in project files. Your server address and username are stored in the document, with the password securely stored in the OS X Keychain. When saving your projects, RapidWeaver receives a reference to the keychain item from OS X, which it then stores in your document.

In short: your password stays private, and you donโ€™t need to re-enter your password on any Mac that has your publishing password in the Keychain.

Manually Backing up your Projects

You should always make copies or backups of your RapidWeaver Project file as this is the master file for your entire website. It's super important. You don't want it stolen or accidentally deleted! You have a few options to keep your site safe. First of all, we'd recommend backing up with Time Machine. This is built into macOS, and you just need an external drive to backup too. As well as using TimeMachine to back up your Mac on-site. We'd recommend using a cloud backup service alongside it. Our preferred solution is Arq, it's easy and cheap to set up.

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