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11/14/2013 – cPanel Backups VS WordPress Backups: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Jamison on 14 11 2013.

By now, you should know how essential and crucial it is to create regular backups of your website. You’ll never when a website disaster strikes and you don’t want to have it happen to you without any preparation. Creating backups should be a weekly routine or a daily routine at best. Come to think of it, it’s just a few mouse clicks to prevent years of trying to put back together what you’ve lost.


cPanel Backup and WordPress Backup

If you’re using cPanel and WordPress, you may ask what backup will you run? The main difference is that when you use the cPanel backup, you are creating a backup for your entire account. On the other hand, if you’re using a WordPress backup, it only backs up your blog site. It is advised that you backup cPanel monthly and WordPress weekly.


cPanel Backup for Website

Using cPanel to backup the entire site is easy; it’s done with a single click and your forums, databases, accounts and everything in your website is backed up already. However, there is a slight problem that you may face. Backing up your entire website will take so much time and space. If your site takes up 15GB of space, this means that it will cost you the same amount. This is the reason why it is not advisable to do a cPanel backup weekly.


But, you can also manually select the parts you want to backup as to not accumulate space that isn’t really needed. For instance, you may have video and audio files that you’ve already backed up and since the last backup, the files remain unchanged. Here, manually selecting parts is a better option. Nonetheless, it is very important that you create a monthly backup of things that you always change in the website. That’s the information you really don’t want to lose.


WordPress Backup for Blog Site


WordPress backup can only be used if the user is running a WordPress blog site. With this type of backup, the WordPress account settings, content, videos, audio files and everything in your blog site will be backed up. Backing up your WordPress account doesn’t take much time and space which is why you can back it up more frequently; on a weekly basis as recommended. Simply download the WordPress backup plugin, install it and push the backup button if you want to save anything.


The Best of Both Worlds


Creating backups should be a concern among webmasters and here, you are better off using both. Use cPanel backup for the entire account and server and then WordPress for your blog site. Make a scheduled backup in case it slips your mind. Have the best of both worlds and have peace of mind that your data is always safe and secure.


Backup files that you always change; these are the most valuable data you have. And keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure.  But in this case, there may actually be no cure for destroyed and lost data.