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Posted by Website_Ist, 09-16-2011, 10:53 PM
I use a free hosting company and they dont provide a cron job in their panel. they referred me to some company which serves online cron jobs. However that company is not free. So i am stuck. I need to setup 10 cron jobs to get daily backups. What can i do?

Posted by srfreeman, 09-17-2011, 12:01 AM
If you have FTP access you can use ncFTP client to schedule the backups from your end.

Posted by activelobby4u, 09-17-2011, 12:06 AM
Do you have a control panel installed ?.

Posted by Website_Ist, 09-17-2011, 04:43 AM
I have ftp access. So can you give me more info about that ncFTP? I have some kind of control panel. I think its called vista panel. But I dont have cron job there.

Posted by srfreeman, 09-17-2011, 09:32 AM
There is not a lot to say that they don't say on their website. They have an FTP client that will do what you need to do. Google it, download it, use it. While you're at it, you may want to just Google FTP backup. Last edited by srfreeman; 09-17-2011 at 09:37 AM.

Posted by Website_Ist, 09-17-2011, 03:27 PM
There is a hundred of download files for ncFTP which one do i need for my free hosting companies ftp access? Is it any different than regular ftp backup scripts? I mean do i still need an ftp back script if i get ncFTP?

Posted by srfreeman, 09-17-2011, 03:46 PM
Download the ncFTP client for your OS. It is an application you install on your workstation. You may try reading their website for instruction.

Posted by Website_Ist, 09-18-2011, 01:05 AM
I tried but this is a command line tool. I need something easier with a UI or a regular cron jobs like stuff. Searching for ftp backup in google doesnt help me much because i need to get db and ftp backups automatic everyday. Saved in my ftp root.

Posted by srfreeman, 09-18-2011, 12:10 PM
Really, you need to have your backups stored on your local workstation or somewhere else other than your free hosting account (it is probably against their rules / TOS to store them there anyway) so when there is a problem with your site or you want / need to change providers you will have your files. Given your response here, it may be time now to move to a paid provider that will give you better support, service and tools.

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