How to back up your Joomla! CMS website

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This guide is aimed at users of the cPanel Hosting Control Panel.

The general process of backing up a Joomla! CMS website is however similar regardless of which control panel you are using.

For this reason we hope that ALL Joomlers will find this article useful.

If the images do not look familiar then your hosting account may be using a different hosting control panel application. Example: Plesk.

If you are stuck, you will find that the hosting control panel developers provide comprehensive user guides.

Example: cPanel Documentation: Backup Wizard.

If in doubt, contact your hosting provider for help.

WHY should you back up your website?

There are good reasons why you should back up your website:

  1. to reduce the risk of losing data from a security breach, broken website or server malfunction, and
  2. to be able to quickly relocate your website to a new server or web host should you so desire.

WHEN should you back up your website?

ALWAYS perform a FULL backup before updating the Joomla! CMS or its extensions.

Otherwise, once per month may suffice.

But if you are regularly adding or changing website content, we would advise more frequent backing up.

Example: after adding several new articles or significantly changing an important article.

WHAT should you back up?

There are two types of back up:

  1. FULL Backup (Directories and Files PLUS Database)
  2. Partial Backup (Directories and Files OR Database)

We recommend a regular FULL backup of your website.

If you have only made changes to textual content since the last FULL Backup then you may wish instead to perform only a Database Backup.

Both FULL and PARTIAL backup procedures are illustrated in this article.

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How to Perform a FULL & Partial Backup

The steps below illustrate how easy it is to back up your Joomla! CMS website after signing into the cPanel hosting control panel.

For a Partial Backup, do not download a backup copy of the Home Directory.

We recommend however always performing a FULL Backup (Home Directory & Database).

Browse FILES section of cPanel Control Panel

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Open the Backup Wizard

Ignore the BACKUP button on the right (in the image below).

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Select Backup

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Select Home Directory

Ignore FULL BACKUP option.

The button on the left (in the image below) is for use when you want to transfer your website to another cPanel server.

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Select Confirm Home Directory Backup

Click the Home Directory button to download the backup.

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Select MySQL Databases

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Select Confirm Database Backup

If there is more than one database listed then you will need to take care to download the correct one.

Click on each listed database in turn to commence the download.

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We recommend that you check your back up is complete

To do this you can compare the ZIP file size with a previous download but we also recommend unpacking the file to see what's inside!

When you do, use a modern archive programme

Reason: older versions will fail, especially when unpacking zip files greater than 2GB in size.

The programme you use will of course depend upon your operating system.

For recent versions of Windows Use 7-Zip or WinZip:

On a recent Mac you can search the App Store for "zip64".

We prefer Linux ourselves and have never experienced any problems using the open source Archive programme included with the distribution we use.

Use Linux!

 

Backup Basics for a Joomla! Website

 

How to perform a manual backup (in Cpanel)

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