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!


  • 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.