phpMyAdmin is widely used by a large number of web hosting clients because it is one of the most reliable ways to backup and restores MySQL databases. There are the following simple steps to backup and restore your MySQL database from your hosting account.

Backup Process

Go to phpMyAdmin

Click on the database name which is shown in the list. (shown at right side)

Here you will see one ‘Export Link’, click on it and you will be redirected to the new window ‘View dump of database’

Click on ‘Select All links if you want to backup all the tables from the database.

Select required options from SQL options and click on the save as file option, you also need to click on the required compression option.

Click on the ‘Go’ button and you will see a dialog box asking for the location where the file is to be saved.

Restore Process

Restoring the data is also an easy process like the backup process

Go to phpMyAdmin

Create a database with the required name, which will appear in the list. You can also overwrite the backup which already exists in the database.

Mark all the check-boxes of all the table names with checked marks and select the option Drop to delete all existing tables in the database.

Click on the SQL link, it will bring send you to a new screen where you can upload your SQL file or also type SQL commands.

Click on the browse button and select the database file from the location it resides at.

Click on the ‘Go’ button which will upload the backup, execute the SQL commands and create your database.