Thank you for the info, it was very helpful. I still have a couple questions on backing up.
Number one and two work fine for me.
Is there any difference between doing one or the other?
1.Through ''Forum Maintenance'' in the Admin Panel
2.Through phpmyadmin at the Control Panel of your host
I don't really understand what is getting backed up here.
It is backing up everything, including photos, attachements, text in the post, etc.. Everything I would need to restore my forums just like they were?
Along with doing the Forum Maintenance backup in the Admin Panel I use my ftp program to copie all my forum files back to my hard drive.
When I copie my forum files back to my hard drive using my ftp program does that save the text and post that were created in my forums too?
Do I need both my ftp files and the two file I create using "Forum Maintenace" backup or just one or the other?