Backing up a website: is it really that hard? It depends on who you are asking and if they are using a program designed specifically for this task.
Basically, as long as you make use of a backup wizard with impressive features compatible with your host’s control panel, you will not find it difficult.
This brings us to the cPanel, one of the most commonly used control panel built for Linux. Here, you will have access to an intuitive but easy-to-use tool for creating backups with just a few clicks on the interface. As simple as that, you no longer have to worry about data loss, or the regrets that usually come with losing data.
To top it all off, the restoration process is just as easy as the backup creation. So in the event that you experience an operating error or when your server suddenly crashes, you won’t have to deal with the serious consequences that major data loss usually comes with.
How to start things off
First, look for the backup icons in your control panel. You will find two, and although they are different programs, they share very similar screens, and therefore, almost the same procedures.
For the sake of avoiding confusion, we will discuss the steps on creating backups using the “Backup Wizard.”
When you click on the icon for “Backup Wizard,” a new screen will pop up. Look for the “Backup” icon and click on it to begin the backup creation.
Full or partial?
Again, this depends on you. You can choose to create a backup of your entire site, which includes all of its components. You can also opt to choose just specific parts of it. When you do back up your home directory though, note that this will include every file you own and have access to. Those not under your name or you cannot access will not have a backup created for them.
Let’s say you want to have a copy of everything your account contains. In this case, go for the “Full Backup” option.
Setting the location
You have two options when it comes to your backup’s location. First is your website’s home directory. For greater sense of peace of mind though, you should consider sending the backup to another device.
Opt for the home directory, and all you need is to enter your preferred email address where you will receive a notification upon the backup’s successful completion.
Send the backup to another machine, and you would have to provide your connection details. You still have the option to give your email address to receive the notification of complete transfer.
The backup restoration process
To restore the backup you have created, go to the screen you went to in the very first step. You will find there the “Restore” icon. Click on this and a new window will appear.
Choose the directory you want to restore. Next, find the location where you had the backup sent.
When you want a complete restoration you have to do it partition by partition. For instance, start with the home directory first, followed by the database, and finally, the email information.