alietr wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:16 pm
As for the backup, that's a bummer. I consider a separate copy on the same server to not be a backup at all. I guess it gets saved on the server and then you have to download it from there to make sure you have a copy locally?
The most important part of a backup is the database. The phpBB files can always be redownloaded if necessary.
However, if you have modifications, then it's not a bad idea to keep a backup of the files also.
Localhost is the perfect place for that. I usually have three working installations side by side: one default installation, one exactly as online, and one for testing (modifications, style edits, extensions).
I take it you have phpMyAdmin access online, so you can export the whole database (perhaps empty the search tables to reduce the size). On localhost you can import the export you made into a new database and start experimenting. A backup made by the phpBB backup system is just as good (and is guaranteed without extended inserts which may prevent it from being imported with phpMyAdmin (although that can also be solved, but I won't go into that if it's not necessary).
BTW once you get the hang of USBwebserver, you may want to install a more powerful personal webapplication (which is currently probably a bit daunting and currently not necessary), allowing switching between php versions.
With hosts upgrading their php version without notice, anyone on 3.0 or 3.1 (even the lower versions of 3.2) should have a copy on localhost so that they're not caught with their pants down