5 Steps to Backup Your Site Using cPanel

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Whether you own a website or a blog, keeping a backup of your files and database(s) is an essential step to take either on a regular basis or every time you make any changes or additions. It’s an extremely easy process that can save you a major headache when an unexpected situation occurs.

Backing up your website or blog basically means that you are storing a copy of your files, data and configurations in another location. How you backup your site is most commonly associated with the size of your site. If your site is less then 3 GB, the Backup Wizard in your cPanel is a simple way backup your site. If your site is greater then 3 GB the faster and more reliable option to backup your site is to download your site via FTP to your local computer.

With cPanel the Backup Wizard allows you to download a zipped copy of your full or partial site to your computer, including your Home Directory, MySQL Databases, Email Forwarders and Email Filters. Additionally, with the Restore feature, you can restore parts of your site by uploading your backup file(s) that were downloaded from the Backup Wizard.

Below is how to use the Backup Wizard (for sites less then 3 GB):

In cPanel, click on the “Backup Wizard” icon in the “Files” section:

To create a Full Backup:

  1. Select “Backup”
  2. Select the “Full Backup” option
  3. Select your Backup Destination (We recommend: Remote FTP Server or Remote FTP Server (Passive Mode))
  4. Enter your Email Address to receive a notification when the backup is complete
  5. Click Generate Backup

Note: Full Backups can only be used to keep a local copy of your files. You cannot restore Full Backups through your cPanel interface.

To create a Partial Backup:

  1. Select “Backup”
  2. Under the “Select Partial Backup” section, select the part of your site that you would like to backup (e.g. Home Directory, MySQL Databases, or Email Forwarders & Filters)
  3. Click on download button
  4. Click “OK” to save

To Restore a part of your site:

  1. Select “Restore”
  2. Select the part of your site that you would like to restore (e.g. Home Directory, MySQL Databases, or Email Forwarders & Filters)
  3. Choose a backed up file from your computer to restore
  4. Click “Upload” to complete

Advanced Database Backups:

If you do not want to use the Backup Wizard to backup your MySQL databases you can alternatively export them using phpMyAdmin.

In cPanel, click on the phpMyAdmin Icon in the Databases section:

  1. Click on the “Export” tab
  2. Select the table(s) to be exported
  3. Choose the file type (SQL is recommended)
  4. Make sure that “Save as File” box is checked
  5. Click “Go”
  6. Click “OK” to save file

If your site is greater then 3 GB the faster and more reliable option to backup your site is to FTP the site to your local computer and save the files. With this option you will be downloading your files from the public_html directory.

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