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Many NOF users don't understand how to use Fusion's auto-backup feature, and this is not well documented in the UserGuide.pdf manual. The process is easy, but is not always as reliable as restoring from a template.

Figure 1 -- Setting up Fusion backup options.

Figure 2 -- Locating your backup files in Windows Explorer.

Understanding the folder structure

By default, NOF stores backups in a folder called backups, located in the \NetObjects Fusion 7.5\User Sites\yoursite folder (see Figure 1).

Setting NOF to make enough auto-backups

To set up auto-backups,

  • On the menu, click Tools, Options, Current Site.
  • Click the Backup tab (see Figure 2).

If you click the Browse button, you can set NOF to store backups in another folder. However, gotFusion recommends you leave the location at the default.

The default setting in NOF is to store four copies of your site for backup. Each time you exit the program, Fusion creates a new backup file with the name yoursite-backupNN.nod. (NN is a number that increases by one each time you exit NOF).

  • Depending on the Maximum number of backups stored setting, NOF deletes the oldest backup file after the number of backups reaches the maximum.
  • gotFusion recommends that you increase this number to at least ten.

Using Windows Explorer to restore a backup

If something unexpected happens when you are working on a site project, and you don't have a template backup, the only easy fix is to restore your site from its most recent backup file. To do this, use Windows Explorer.

  1. Locate your site project file in Windows Explorer. By default, this is
     \NetObjects Fusion 7.5\User Sites\yoursite.nod.
  2. Rename the file to something like yoursite-damaged.nod.
  3. Locate the most recent backup file in the backup folder. Look for the file
    yoursite-backupNN.nod that has the highest number in the file name.
  4. Copy this file to the \NetObjects Fusion 7.5\User Sites\yoursite folder.
  5. Rename the file from yoursite-backupNN.nod to yoursite.nod.
  6. Start Fusion.
  7. Click File, Open, yoursite.nod.

If you discover that the most recent backup file has problems, repeat the steps above. At step three, locate the next-newest backup file (one number lower than the one that had a problem).

Backing up to templates

  • Export a template every time you make significant changes to your site.
  • Use a naming convention for your templates that embeds the date or a version number in your template file name.

    Examples: yoursite2003-11-30.zip, or yoursiteV10.zip

To protect yourself from data loss when your hard drive fails or the computer dies, always back up to external media. Notice that I said when, not if.

  • The odds of losing data if you don't back up to external storage are exactly one hundred percent.

Fortunately, there are many good ways to protect yourself from data loss. To learn more or get help with your problems consider upgrading your support account to a hosting account so that you receive NetObjects support right along with your web hosting



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