How to Import/Export MySQL Database onto my Dedicated Server?

Exporting your database with the correct charset is important in order to avoid problems with data that has non-english characters.

For example, if the character set of your data is Unicode (UTF8) you can use the following command to export it using this charset:

mysqldump -uUSERNAME -pPASSWORD --default-character-set=utf8 USER_DATABASE > backup.sql

Replace USERNAME, PASSWORD and USER_DATABASE with the appropriate values for your database and you will have a file named "
backup.sql" properly encoded in UTF-8.

When you import backup into an empty MySQL database, you can set the exact character set for the data that will be inserted. To do this, use the following command:

mysql -uUSERNAME -pPASSWORD --default-character-set=utf8 USER_DATABASE < backup.sql

--default-character-set=utf8 with the charset used for the creation of the backup.sql file. This will ensure that your data is inserted correctly.

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