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    in reading all the 'posts', i've seen mention a couple times of saving the web site as a 'template' as a way of backing it up.

    i've just been doing a copy of the entire ' work folder' for the website to my backup location.
    usually into a folder named bak_yyyymmdd to keep the backups seperated and identifiable.

    and a few times i've messed up the web site, so I just delete the entire work folder its in, then copy the folder from my backup location back to the work location and it works fine when i open it.

    is this not a good way of doing a backup of the website? should i be using the 'template' way instead?

    thanks... eric

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    No that is not a good way.

    The folders you are coping do not contain the assets (pictures and graphics) that are used. They are located all around your computer in the folders where you selected them FROM.

    Templates "collect" all of these "bit" from around your computer and place them in a single zip file.

    Your method would result in a incomplete site project should you have a drive crash and need to replace your hard drive as you more than likely will not remember where everything was located on your crashed drive so that it ends up in exactly the same location on your replacement drive

    Do the template thing.
    Upload your template to a folder on your hosted domain

    that way should you lose your drive ( or someone steals your computer in a break in) You will have your entire project with everything you need in a safe location where you can grab it quickly and be back to where you were when you stopped working.

    http://www.gotfusion.com/tutorials/tut.cfm?itemID=16

    http://www.gotfusion.com/tutorials/tut.cfm?itemID=17
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    ok, thanks for the links to the tutorial pages....
    even though what i have been backing up does have a the .nod file and folders named Assets, Autosaves, Preview and Styles... i'll start doing the template thing.

    thanks... eric

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