OK, so I'm a novice to all this online stuff.
I have a website, it has some forums which has a few hundred registered people and a fair few active ones.
It has a Blog, running WordPress 1.2 of course.
It also has other bits and pieces - it is my corner of cyberspace and I'm happy enough with it.
A little while ago I had the need to change who hosts my website.
I was having extended downtime and although my website is by no means "that popular" it was getting annoying.
Moving my site wasn't a major issue - I use FrontPage 2003, so I simply moved site and then uploaded everything again.
Soon my site was working, with the exception of my Forums (running on phpBB) and Blog (WordPress 1.2).
I must admit I was worried on both fronts, both are free pieces of software - surely moving was not going to be easy.
Lets take phpBB and by using the built-in tools I was able to do the following:
Click "Backup Databse" and a few seconds later I was downloading a file that was in GZIP format.
I soon had 3mb .sql file which was apparently compressed.
At my new hosts I installed phpBB (which I've always found quite easy) into the same sub directory as before.
Entered my totally empty forums, went to administration and clicked "Restore Database"
It asked me to browse to my backup, I sent the .sql file back still in GZIP format.
Within five minutes my forums were back, all my users were there, all my posts were there it was as if I'd never moved.
There seems to be nothing built-in to WordPress to allow me to do the same.
There seems to be some kind of "hack" that I can install which adds the facility to download my Blog however that is seven files and I don't know what to do with them once I have them.
I did read through the readme files and some online direction, but I'll be honest, I'm impatient and I also started getting nowhere.
In the end I ended up installing WordPress 1.0, upgrading it to WordPress 1.2 and the manually re-typing all my Blog entries for the 2 months I'd been writing it.
My Blog is now 8 months old and I'm scared.
Scared that I'm not taking adequate backup's and scared that I couldn't move to another host if I wanted as I wouldn't know how to move my Blog.
I don't know how far 1.3 or the next version is away from "release" but it needs something as simple as the phpBB backup & restore function built in.
I need to be able to click a single button and have a single file downloaded.
I then need to be able to reinstall WordPress and upload that single file and find everything back to normal.
Sorry if such a feature has already been discussed - it's late :)