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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