If you haven’t gotten around to setting up regular backups of your website MySQL databases you are asking for serious trouble. In this article I am going to provide shell script examples that you can use to quickly setup database backup jobs. As far as scope goes, we are going to be talking about how to perform a backup to a local directory, compress that backup file, and then port it off to a remote location if you so desire. The following method has worked really well for me and I hope it does for you as well.