How do I create a backup of my website?

What is a backup?

A backup is a copy of your website’s files, directories, databases, and email configurations. Keeping a backup copy of your website on your personal computer is a wise precaution for many reasons, including possible data corruption, security breaches and server failure.

Full backup

A full backup will create an archive of your entire site. This includes all the files in your home directory, MySQL databases, email forwarders and filters. Simply click the 'Backups' button within your cPanel control panel and then follow the link to 'Download a Full Web Site Backup'

From this screen follow the instructions below:

Create a full backup

To save a copy of your website to the web server:

1. Select Home Directory from the Backup Destination menu.

2. Enter your email address. (if you wish to be notified when the backup has completed)

3. Click Generate Backup. You will receive an email once the backup is complete.

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

Download a full backup

To download a full backup to your computer:

  • Under Backups Available for Download, select the backup file you’d like to save to your computer.

If you need any assistance creating a website backup please get in touch with our support team.

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