Performing a cPanel backup of your files and data is an important step needed when running a successful website. This cPanel feature was developed to assist website owners and administrators in making sure that their website is safe and secured from any accidental deletion or removal resulting from errors and mistakes.
Creating a backup of your site is recommended before you make any changes or install any updates to it. To backup your files using cPanel backup feature, simply follow the instructions given below.
Step 1: Begin by logging into your cPanel account.
Step 2: Locate the “Backup” icon found in the Files section of your cPanel homepage.
Step 3: Click the Backup icon to enter the cPanel Backup interface screen.
Step 4: The cPanel Backup interface screen will be divided into 2 sections: Full and Partial Backups.
A Full Backup is an automated process that backups your files, database, home directory, email forwarders and filters, while the Partial Backups only downloads a backup of a particular section of your account.
Step 5: If you choose to create a Full Backup, click the “Generate a Full Web Site Backup” button.
If your web hosting provider does not allow the creation of a full backup on their server, the “Generate a Full Web Site Backup” button will be replaced by “Download a Full Web Site Backup” button.
Step 6: You will now be directed to a page where you will find the following sections:
Step 7: In the Generate a Full Backup section, choose “Home Directory” in the destination field, and enter a valid email address where the backup report will be sent after completion.
Step 8: Click the Generate Backup button to begin the process of backing up your site.
Step 5: If you choose to perform a Partial Backup, select any of the following backup files that you wish to create:
Home Directory – this backup file contains your Mail directory and your public_html folder.
MySQL Database – this backup file contains the MySQL databases associated with your server account.
Email Forwarder – this backup file contains the email forwarder configurations for your domain.
Email Filters – this backup file contains account level email filter records for your domain.
Step 6: Click the download link of the particular file that you wish to create a backup for.
Congratulations! You have successfully created a cPanel backup for your website.