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VirtueMart Backup and Restore

VirtueMart store running demands constant data modifications performing, it’s the fact. Store owners can’t go without regular VirtueMart catalog updates, bulk products uploads, images import, etc. These processes are indispensable and at the same time have great impact over VirtueMart store database.

Since each of data management processes can be accompanied with failures or mistakes, what can damage or make VirtueMart database inoperative, you need to protect information and avoid possible mishaps. On account of it, maintaining store database backup and its restore is a must. Backup is actually a process of data copying and saving with the aim to retrieve if original data are lost or damaged. Thus, the backup procedure should be strictly organized and performed without a hitch.

Store Manager for VirtueMart application ensures a reliable and recoverable database backup, performed via Database Backup wizard. Via this tool you can make a copy of VirtueMart database in several clicks and save information in the file on your PC.

To begin the process of database backup undertaking you should start up the wizard. This option is placed in “Tools” section of Store Manager application. Once you open the wizard you are supposed to keep to every step carefully.

Step 1 Choose the operation required from those which are offered in the window: backup current store database or do backup of multiple stores.

Step 2 Indicate the file, VirtueMart database will be saved to.

Step 3 On this step of VirtueMart database backup carrying out you have to specify what database tables will undergo the procedure.

Step 4 In this window you are about to indicate backup option/s - backup database structure only (no data) or backup files. Note, at this stage you can save backup settings and use them for further backups performing. Press “Backup” button to finish the operation.

Check the results in the window appeared

Moreover, Store Manager for VirtueMart makes the process of VirtueMart catalog backing up refined and efficient, offering automated backup functionality. Data backups will run automatically and autonomously at previously defined time. You are expected to create scheduled tasks, according to which backups will be accomplished. Thus, the scenario is the following:

  1. Create or modify database backup configuration
  2. Open “Add Scheduler Task” window to specify task settings - input task name and choose necessary task configuration from drop-down. Note, if you need notification to be send after task is being accomplished, check the corresponding box in the window and indicate an addressee. In the field below you need to define schedule details - time and frequency of backup performing.

The list of scheduled task you have created and details about them can be found in separate window, which will be opened once you press “Show Scheduled Task” option on the toolbar.

In such a way, you will have the data protected and will be able to recourse to database restore anytime. To recover information you have to go through several steps Database Restore wizard foresees.

Step 1 Launch the wizard and pick out “Restore over current database”

Step 2 Look through database scripts in preview window

Step 3 Specify VirtueMart database restore options and press “Restore” to fulfil the process of data recovery.


The importance of data protection increases as VirtueMart store owners expand their business horizon. Run database backups and restores smoothly with Store Manager for VirtueMart application - avoid unforeseen data losses and keep your business running flawlessly.


By Ira Svedovetska