I just finished installing the WP-DB Backup plugin from skippy.net. This plugin allows you to perform a database backup directly from the WordPress admin screens. It’s pretty nice. It allows you to pick which database tables you would like to backup (after preselecting the core WordPress tables for you) and gives you the option of storing the backup file on the server, downloading it, or having it emailed to you. It also has a nice little progress bar that informs you of the progress of the backup.
This is much better than running my mysqldump command every time I want to take a backup of the server and manually secure copying it down from the server and sourcing it. One or two clicks, and I have my MySQL dump file on my local machine ready to be checked in.
If you’ve been looking for an easier way to backup your database, check this plugin out. It makes the task of backing up your database a lot less of a chore than it otherwise is.
Skippy’s also got a lot of other cool looking plugins on his plugin page. You might want to check them out and see if anything grabs you there.