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How to Create a Full cPanel Backup of your Website

This guide will explain how to take a full backup of your website using cPanel Backup.

To create a full backup:

  1. Select Backup Wizard tool from home page of your cPanel account.
  2. Click the button Backup.
  3. Select Full Backup from the second page.
  4. Select the destination for the backup files. You have 3 options:
    1. You can store the files in your home directory on your web server by selecting Home Directory from the pull-down menu.
    2. cPanel can also utilize FTP or SCP to store the files to a remote machine. To do this, fill in the appropriate information and select the method for file transfer from the pull-down menu.

If you wish to download the file to your computer, follow the steps below:

  1. Click Generate Backup to download a copy of the backup file to your computer.
  2. Click the filename under Backups Available for Download.

If FTP or SCP was used, an email will be sent to the email address that you specified at the beginning of the process.

The date the backup was created appears in the filename which begins with: backup-MM-DD-YYYY The file will be stored as a “tar ball,” or compressed data file, with the filename extension: .tar.gz.

To restore files from a backup.

  1. Click the Backup Wizard again.
  2. Click the Restore button.
  3. Select the type of restore you want and restore accordingly.
    1. Available restore option are:
      • Home Directory.
      • MySQL Databases
      • Email Forwarders and Filters

NOTE: Please be sure to review our storage restrictions on backups & specific file types on your hosting account.

If the steps above listed in this article do not resolve your issue, please feel free to open a support ticket and we’d be happy to take a look.

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