How to back up your website

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In this article we show you how to download a FULL Back Up of your Joomla! CMS website.

There are several Hosting Control Panel applications used by web hosting providers.

Perhaps the two most popular are:

Visit the above links to learn how to perform the following tasks using each control panel:

  • create a Backup File,
  • download the Backup File from the server, and
  • delete previous Backup Files from the server.

But first here are:

  • the answers to some fundamental questions and
  • some Good Housekeeping tips.

Good Housekeeping

Download each Backup File from the server immediately after you back up your Joomla! CMS.

Only store the most recent Backup Files on the server.

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How to back up using cPanel

Read on to learn how to perform the following tasks in your cPanel Hosting Control Panel:

  • create a Backup File,
  • download the Backup File from the server, and
  • delete previous Backup Files from the server.

Back up your website using the Backup Wizard

There are two Backup functions in cPanel:

  • Backup, and
  • Backup Wizard.

Here we show how to create a FULL Backup using the Backup Wizard.

This is a four step process.

Download Backup File using Backup Wizard

Back Up files created using Backup Wizard Generate Backup are stored in the Home Directory.

It is possible to download Backup Files using the File Manager screen.

But we recommend that you instead use the Backup Wizard screen to download Backup Files.

It is a four step process.

Good Housekeeping

Download each Backup File from the server immediately after you back up your Joomla! CMS.

Only store the most recent Backup Files on the server.

 

Check Backup File after download

After downloading a Backup File, check it contains what it says on the tin!

Namely:

  • your website's database, and
  • its directories & files.

Follow these steps to examine the contents of the Backup File.

Remove old Backup Files from the server

You must use the File Manager screen to remove old Backup Files.

Concentrate when doing so to avoid removing anything other than old Backup Files.

Why delete previous Backup Files?

Most hosting providers offer a limited amount of disk space.

The more Backup Files you store on the server then the less space will be available for your website and email accounts.

For this reason you need to decide how many Backup Files to keep on the server.

The last three Backup Files would seem a sensible amount if you back up your website every month, but the number will depend upon:

  • the average Backup file size, and
  • the total disk space available.

Always download Backup Files to your computer and store them in a secure place. when you do.

 

cPanel Documentation

Need more info? Take a look at the cPanel developer's online documentation.

Example: cPanel Documentation.

 


How to back up using Plesk

Read on to learn how to perform the following tasks in your Plesk Hosting Control Panel:

  • create a Backup File,
  • download the Backup File from the server, and
  • delete previous Backup Files from the server.

Back up your website using Backup Manager

This is a three step process.

Download Backup File using Backup Manager

This is a two step process.

Good Housekeeping

Download each Backup File from the server immediately after you back up your Joomla! CMS.

Only store the most recent Backup Files on the server.

 

Check Backup File after download

After downloading a Backup File, check it contains what it says on the tin!

Namely:

  • your website's database, and
  • its directories & files.

Follow these steps to examine the contents of the Backup File.

Remove old Backup Files from server

It is a two step process using Backup Manager to remove old Backup Files from the server:

  1. select one or more checkboxes (to left of backup names), and
  2. select the REMOVE button (see above list of Backup File names).

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Why delete previous Backup Files?

Most hosting providers offer a limited amount of disk space.

The more Backup Files you store on the server then the less space will be available for your website and email accounts.

For this reason you need to decide how many Backup Files to keep on the server.

The last three Backup Files would seem a sensible amount if you back up your website every month, but the number will depend upon:

  • the average Backup file size, and
  • the total disk space available.

Always download Backup Files to your computer and store them in a secure place. when you do.

 

Plesk Documentation

Need more info? Take a look at the Plesk developer's online documentation.

Read more: Plesk Documentation.

 

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