Move your backup files

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TNG Backup Folder

TNG defines a Backup folder in the Setup > General Settings > Paths and Folders
you might be able to specify that folder as being into a more protected area of your web site.


Generic Shared Hosting

Here is how to put your TNG backup table files in the safe area above your shared site's document root in three easy steps:

  1. Use cPanel or FileZilla to create the bckup folder above the site's document root (public_html).
  2. In the Admin >> Setup >> Configuration >> Import settings, set the relative path from your document root to the new folder. If your TNG site is the document root, use ../backup. If you are one or two levels below the document root, you will need to use ../../backup or ../../../backup respectively. Click on Make folder and it will tell you the directory already exists (TNG found it!)
  3. Save the change to the file path

Note that you can also use the Make Folder button for the Backup folder in the Admin > Setup > General Settings > Paths and Folders to create the folder.

ICDSoft Example

If you are hosted on ICDSoft for example, the backup folder and files could be moved to your /private folder which is not web accessible and can only be accessed through the ICDSoft Control Panel File Manager or through your FTP client.

You could create sub folders under /private to allow for having two or more test systems where you can then add a gedcom folder, for example the following was provided by Ron Krzmarzick

Private Folder Structure

ICDSoft uses www for their web site root and private for files not accessible from the web browser. So under

  • private, you can create
    • www to match your production site
    • tng12 to match the tng12 subdomain
    • test to match a test subdomain
  • www - the web folder structure
    • www is your production
    • tng12 for a tng12 subdomain
    • test for a test subdomain

Localhost Example

Localhost example.png Note that you can simulate or test putting the folders outside of web browser accessibility on your local WampServer setup by creating the backups folder as a subfolder to the wamp folder.

Create Backup Folder

If you decide to move your backup folder, you can use the Make Folder button to create the new folder in Admin > Setup > General Settings > Folders and Paths. On ICDSoft, where I already have a config folder under the private directory structure with a subdirectory for the production site (www) and for other test sites, I specified


and clicked the Make Folder button to create the backup folder.

Note that if TNG on your site is installed in a subfolder to the web root folder, then the values would have an additional ../ to reflect that TNG is in a subfolder to the web root


and click the Make Folder button to create the backup folder. Note that you can use the Make Folder button to create specific backup folders when doing major TNG upgrades to save a copy of the database before you update it as part of the upgrade.

Related Links

The following provide additional security measures:

Controlling Site Access

Protecting Resources

Checking your site for Malware