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How to Backup your Website
Posted by Malcolm W Wren on 21 May 2015 12:29 PM

This article describes how to backup your hosted website

The backup process is run from your website CPanel dashboard.

Login to your dashboard using the following URL

https://www.yourwebsite.tld/cpanel

There are a number of components of your webhosting space that you can backup

  • The home directory (all files that make up your website)
  • The database that your website uses
  • Email forwarders
  • Email filters

You also have the choice to do a full or partial backup.

If you are doing a backup prior to running updates of your website software platform such as WordPress then a home directory and database backup is all that you need do.

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This will give you the opportunity to run a full backup or backup each component individually.

Running a Full Backup

  • Click on the button "Download a Full Website Backup"
  • Select the backup destination from the dropdown menu
  • Assign where the email notifiction will be sent to 
  • Click Generate Backup

The system will now generate a full backup of your website environment and will email you when it has been completed.

If you chose HOME Directory as the backup destination then the backup file will be stored in the top level of your hosting space and you can copy this to your local computer using your FTP client.

The file is in this format backup-5.21.2015_13-38-40_mwren.tar.gz

WARNING: You cannot restore full backups through the system's interface.

 

Running a Partial Backup

  • Click on the Download button to download the content of the home directory, this will immediately start downloading a backup file to your computer
  • Click on the name of the database, this will immediately start downloading a backup file to your computer.
  • Click on the name of any email forwarders or filters, this will immediately start downloading a backup file to your computer.

Each database, email forwarder and email filter must be downloaded individually

 

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Here you also have the option to run a full or partial backup. This wizard process does not really do anything more than the normal Backups option.

A Full backup will run the same as outlined above

A Partial backp will run the same as outlined above

 

For more information on using CPanel refer to the official CPanel User Documentation

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