Backup / restore database
Include in the Admin panel a backup/restore/optimize database.
I know we can find some plugins for that (and can use phpMyAdmin) but it would be better to include this in WordPress so that for beginners it would be easier to do this and may be it would be more optimize for WordPress.
Since there is a backup plugin that "ships" with 2.0.x, there certainly should be a companion restore option. I'm thinking in particular about hostees who don't have access to a MySQL restore function through the domain Control Panel, and/or aren't even comfortable with FTP.
WordPress 2.3.1 default import/export feature doesn't make a good job. In my case, if I need to move my blog, because my sidebar was strongly based on a "is_category(ID)" the site break, because WP do not preserve ID.
If I have 60 categories and my sidebar generates a custom content on every category, I should clean up the database, and then create manually all the categories again, only because wordpress import/export don't preserve ID on export default feature.
Maybe it should go to bugs now?
I agree with Maddymoo that WordPress needs to include a Restore command. I did a backup from WordPress Admin using the WordPress Database Backup by Scott Merritt. Due to a corrupted (I assume) post when I tried to delay the post publishing until 8:00 AM but it was already after 8:00 AM UTC - only 00:30 PDT, I want to restore my last backup. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how because there is no restore command. I've been reading probably 20 - 30 posts on backup / restore but many of them sound like they apply to some other plugin. I'm on WordPress 2.6.2. Likewise, I'm a blogger, not a techie.
We're currently working on a new plugin to do just this. It'll do a full site backup (not just the database, the files as well), and allow you to restore. It'll also allow you to change domain names in the process, should you consider moving to a new site/name. Should be out in another month or so I hope.
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