After years wasting time on drupal/sql backups, drupal restores, drupal updates etc, I started using the powerful drush command.
If you don’t know it “drush” is simply a (dru)pal (sh)ell written in PHP. It has been developed by core drupal developers to assist sysadmin and developers in everyday site management.
First, to install drush in a typical Debian/Ubuntu server, you need to install the PHP Extension and Application Repository (PEAR) which hosts drush. Simply type: