cPanel Web Hosting Backup and Restore

Your website will never go down. Your website will never go down. Your website will never go down. Okay, your website will probably never go down. We hope your website will never go down, but that’s not the case.

In most cases, your website will stay up most of the time, but most providers can only guarantee an uptime of anywhere from 95% to 99.9%. So, in order to protect yourself, you should backup your website on a regular basis if your content is updated regularly.

It sounds like a long and boring technical process, but cPanel makes backing up and restoring your website content easy and painless with their Backup Wizard. It will walk you through backing up and restoring your home directory, MySQL databases, and configurations for your email forwarders and email filters.

After you log into your web hosting control panel, navigate to your cPanel, and look for the Files section. Once you click on the Backup Wizard, you will see a quick explanation of the wizard and you where you can – do a full or partial backup and restore the file you previously backed up.

The first screen in the wizard is labeled Backup/Restore. Here you have two options – you can click on either backup or restore at the bottom of the wizard.

If you’re going to backup files on your website, you will want to click on Backup. Choose Full Backup to download an archive of files and configurations. Please note, however, that you cannot restore a full backup. You can only restore files download during a partial backup.

To do a partial backup, you can click on – Home Directory, MySQL Databases, or Email Forwarders & Filters, depending on what you want to backup. Whichever one you choose, you will have a button on the next page that will download a ZIP file to your hard drive should you need to restore the file later.

We hope that you only have to backup your files, but unfortunately some time during the life of your website, you may need to restore the files that you just backed up to your computer. To accomplish this, you will want to choose the Restore option from the Backup/Restore screen. Next, you will be prompted to select your Restore type. You will be able to choose from the following – Home Directory, MySQL Databases, or Email Forwarders & Filters.

After you click on one of those options, you will be able to upload your backup file by clicking on the Browse button, locating your backup on your computer, and then click on upload.

This may be a big change from your previous website, but once you start using it and quickly learning, you will be happy you chose a cPanel web host. As with any task you might want to tackle, backing up and restoring your valuable data on your website is very simple and can be done in minutes by anyone in your family or organization.