Online Hosting

The Tourwriter shared online file server / network drive is used  for hosting The Tourwriter Database and the TourwriterData Folder

The Tourwriter Database is the database Tourwriter users access. It holds Supplier, Contact and Itinerary information.

The TourwriterData Folder is a collection of folders where Tourwriter images, report templates and emails are stored. This is held in a separate location to the Tourwriter Database.

TourWriterData Folder

Email folder – used to store a copy of booking request e-mails sent by users to Suppliers, provided you have the applicable tick-box selected at the time you send your booking request from Tourwriter to the Supplier.

Images folder – used to store Supplier images used  for Quotations, Itineraries and any other documentation, with image content, produced from Tourwriter.
IMPORTANT – Before Tourwriter users can start attaching images to the Tourwriter Database, ensure that a good folder structure within the Images folder has been established. We recommend making it the same as your Suppliers folder structure in Tourwriter.

Reports folder – used to file custom Report files as report development takes place

Templates folder – used to file custom Email or Accounting export templates.
Instructions on how to save files to these locations will be provided to you during the Tourwriter Implementation process and/or as report development occurs.

Advantages of Hosting the Tourwriter Database and TourwriterData folder Online

  • Tourwriter Support ( e.g. troubleshooting / reports testing / technical assistance) can be more thorough and effective.
  • Tourwriter Database backups occur automatically every 15 minutes and all server maintenance is handled by professional staff.
  • Availability of Tourwriter online features such as Supplier Auto Confirmation and Supplier Invoice Upload (ask your Customer Success Executive for details).
  • Client can download their TW database backup from our Server if they need them for their own purpose. However, this will be chargeable.

IMPORTANT: We can only support online hosting with My Secure Backup .

Offline Hosting

Tourwriter users can choose to host their Tourwriter Database and the TourwriterData folder offline.

Single Tourwriter User
If only one staff member will be using Tourwriter, the Tourwriter Database is set up on that user’s computer. The TourwriterData folder can also be set-up on their computer (e.g. on the C Drive).

Alternatively, if there might be the possibility of more staff using Tourwriter, the user may want to consider setting up Tourwriter on a server.

Multiple Tourwriter Users
If more than one staff member will be using Tourwriter, both the Tourwriter Database and TourwriterData folder must be held in a shared location that all staff can access e.g. on a server.

  1. If installing the Tourwriter Database offline, we recommend that the Tourwriter user engage the assistance of an IT Administrator if they require help and support setting up and maintaining their Tourwriter backups, their computer or their network.
  2. If Tourwriter assistance and training is required, contact support@tourwriter.com. Please note that if the Tourwriter Database is hosted offline, Tourwriter does not provide technical help for server or network issues, for example, but does provide support for the Tourwriter Application itself.

Backups

Backups must be performed daily if hosting the database offline on your server. If hosting the Tourwriter Database and TourwriterData folder online with Travelmesh all backups are performed automatically.

Backups – If Hosting Tourwriter Offline
If the Tourwriter Database is hosted offline, it is the responsibility of the Tourwriter user to backup the database once each day. We recommend that this takes place at the beginning or end of the day, and not while Tourwriter is in use by any other staff members.
One person should be responsible for performing a TW backup each night. The backup can be made either on Tourwriter on the server machine – or from the Tourwriter user’s own PC.  Either way, Tourwriter saves a copy of each backup file to the nominated file as below.
If the TourwriterData folder is hosted by the Tourwriter user, it is the responsibility of the client to backup the folders once each day. If in any doubt, we recommend that a dedicated IT Administrator is used to assist with this.

Backup Instructions

  1. Open Tourwriter
  2. Go to Tools > Setup > Database
  3. Select a file path where the Database will be backed up to
  4. Tick to add a date/time to file names if required
  5. To perform a backup, click the backup button
  • The last backup file and last backup date are displayed in this window.
  • The backup file path will be pointing to a location on your server. For multi-user offline clients where Tourwriter is installed on the office Server, in order to access the backup (.bak) file you will need to locate this file on your Server computer.
  • If you are a one-user and have installed Tourwriter on one PC, that computer is also your Server. You will be able to locate your .bak file on your PC’s C: Drive.
  • We recommend that a copy of the backup file is copied across to an external hard drive or USB stick for safe keeping.

If you are required to send a copy of your .bak file to a Tourwriter staff member, please zip/compress the file before emailing it, to reduce the overall file size. You can do this by right clicking the filename and selecting Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.