With a couple of Laravel developments out in the wild, I needed to make sure that they were integrated with my existing backup solution, which includes archived / off-server storage of backups. Pulling down the backups once I had them is pretty straightforward – everything is already set up to do that from the servers I use.
For Laravel though, I was starting afresh. I found what looked like a good solution in the form of the Laravel Backup package from the team at Spatie. There were a couple of things I liked about the package:
- It’s simple, straightforward, and does one thing (create backups) well.
- It’s from a team who have a clear track record of delivering open source packages
- From a look through the issue queue, it’s well maintained and open to pull requests from users.
While I’m using it to back up to the local filesystem initially (backups are then transferred offsite separately by an existing system), the package allows you to put your backups onto any supported filesystem, so having it backup to S3, Dropbox, FTP, Rackspace cloud files or similar is just as straightforward.
I love the team’s concept of “Postcardware“, it’s nice as an open source author to know that your work is being appreciated, and used, and I hope they get plenty of postcards!
I have to say though, the real highlight in finding this package was finding Spatie and their broad range of Laravel packages – there’s at least one more that features in this series, and I can easily see myself using more of their packages in the future – thanks Spatie!