You must perform regular backups of your shop, so that in case of a crash, you can reboot your shop quickly and in the best conditions. The database contains all most of the information in your shop, many of which are indispensable for PrestaShop to work correctly – including your products, categories, and other data you added since the installation, but not your images for instance (these are stored, along with your theme files, on your server).
The more often you perform a backup, the safer you are. Once a week is a minimal frequency.
- The "Disclaimer" section gives you a series of reminders about backups, which you should read every time you make a backup. The section ends with the "I have read the disclaimer, please . Please create a new backup" button, which you have to click in order to create a backup. Once created, the backup appears in a new "Download section" at the top of the page (click the button in order to download the backup file to your computer), and in the list below the notices.
- The "How to restore" section gives you tips on how to get your data back into PrestaShop in case of failure. You should commit this to memory, or at least save this information somewhere in case a database crash makes it impossible for you to access the PrestaShop administration – and thus the DB backup page – again. Just in case, you will find it below as well.
The table below the notices lists all the backups that have already been made, indicating the date of creation, age, file name, and size.
At the right of each row are the available actions: