How to back up your website

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You should periodically create a backup copy of your website.

Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to use the the Backup utility included with the Hosting Control Panel provided by your hosting provider.

You could alternatively install and use a Third Party Joomla! Extension.

We like Akeeba Backup PRO.

Read more: Akeeba Backup.

In this Article

In this article we cover how to create a FULL Backup of your Joomla! website using the Backup utility included with perhaps the two most popular hosting control panels:

We also illustrate the different ways you can download your Backup from the server for safe storage.

And how to remove old Backups from the server.

FAQs

Good Housekeeping

Download a Backup from the server immediately after you create it.

Only store your most recent Backups on the server.

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Back up your website using cPanel

If you are using a cPanel Hosting Control Panel, read on to learn how to:

  • CREATE a Full Backup using the cPanel Backup Wizard,
  • STORE a Full Backup on the server,
  • DOWNLOAD a Full Backup from the server, and
  • REMOVE a Full Backup from the server.

CREATE a Full Backup using the Backup Wizard

You can create a Full Backup using the Backup Wizard in four simple steps.

A Backup TAR.GZ archive will be created and stored by default in the HOME directory.

STORE a Full Backup on the server

By default, the Backup Wizard stores Backup archives in the HOME directory on the server.

The HOME directory is outside the PUBLIC_HTML folder where your website's files are held.

It contains lots of files and folders with strange names, and it is not difficult to make mistakes which might compromise your website when working with Backups stored here.

For example: when downloading or deleting Backup archives.

For this reason we recommend storing Backup archives in a separate folder within the HOME directory.

See below for how to create such a folder and then move Backups into the new folder.

DOWNLOAD a Full Backup from the server

There are three ways you can download a Full Backup from the server:

  1. using cPanel's Backup Wizard,
  2. using cPanel's File Manager,
  3. using an FTP Client (recommended method).

WHY download Backups from the server?

For safe keeping if nothing else.

Hosting provider terms & conditions often specify that you are not permitted to store files on the server other than for use with your website.

Files not used by your website could be removed by your hosting provider without warning.

 

REMOVE a Full Backup from the server

There are two ways you can remove (or delete) a Backup archive from the server:

  1. using the File Manager,
  2. using an FTP Client.

You cannot remove a Backup archive from the server in the Backup Wizard screen.

WHY remove old Backups from the server?

To avoid being in breach of your hosting provider's terms & conditions.

Hosting providers often specify that you are not permitted to store files on the server other than for use with a website.

 

cPanel Documentation

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

Read more: Using the cPanel Backup Wizard.

 

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Back up your website using Plesk

If you are using a Plesk Hosting Control Panel, read on to learn how to:

  • CREATE a Full Backup,
  • DOWNLOAD a Full Backup from the server, and
  • REMOVE a Full Backup from the server

using Plesk's Backup Manager.

 

CREATE a Full Backup using the Backup Manager

You can create a Full Backup using Plesk's Backup Manager in three simple steps.

A Backup TAR archive will be created and stored by default in the HOME directory.

DOWNLOAD a Full Backup from the server

Open the Backup Manager screen.

You will be presented with a list of previously created Backup archives.

To download any one Backup archive, simply click the green arrow next to its name on the right.

See image below.

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In the next screen, select OK to commence download.

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Password Protection

if you choose to password-protect the Backup archive you download then be sure to keep a record of it!

You may choose to use the same password for all the Backup archives you downloaded.

WHY download Backups from the server?

For safe keeping if nothing else.

Hosting provider terms & conditions often specify that you are not permitted to store files on the server other than for use with your website.

Files not used by your website could be removed without warning.

 

REMOVE a Full Backup from server

It is a simple two step process to remove old Backup archives 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 archives)

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WHY remove old Backups from the server?

To avoid being in breach of your hosting provider's terms & conditions.

Hosting providers often specify that you are not permitted to store files on the server other than for use with a website.

 

Plesk Documentation

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

Read more: Using the Plesk Backup Manager.

 

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Test your Backups

It is possible that a Backup archive could be corrupted whilst being created or downloaded.

For this reason we recommend you:

  • unpack and review the content of a Backup archive after download (can you see files and database?), and
  • compare the size of this Backup archive with the most recent one (is it significantly different?).

You should also learn how to restore a website Backup archive using:

  • a desktop server (example: XAMPP) or
  • a separate Hosting Account online

so you can periodically check that Backup archives have not been corrupted.

 

cPanel Backup Wizard

The Backup archive created using cPanel's Backup Wizard will have the TAR.GZ extension.

 

Plesk Backup Manager

The Backup archive created using Plesk's Backup Manager will have the TAR extension.

 

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We coach, help and support managers with responsibility for Joomla! websites in organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

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