Backing up your database is critical to long term safety and reliability of your Joomla! site. Should the database become corrupted or get damaged, having a copy to restore is vital.
In this recipe we will "export" or "backup" our database.
Exporting is the process of making a copy and saving it locally on your desktop or other means of storage.
You will need your username and password for accessing your database in your control panel. Depending on your hosting you may need your username and password for the database.