How to Create a Full Backup of a Site?

Date: December 20th, 2011 | Category: Cpanel

You can choose to create a full or partial backup file of your website.

Full Backup:

To create a full backup file, perform the following steps:

Login to cpanel, Click Full Backup.

Select a destination for the backup file:
Home Directory — Select this option to save the backup file to the server.
Remote FTP Server — Select this option to use FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
Remote FTP Server (Passive Mode Transfer) — Select this option to use passive FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
SCP — Select this option to use SCP to store the backup file on a remote server.

Select a notification option:
To receive a notification when the backup process finishes, enter your email address in the available text box.
If you do not wish to receive a notification, select Do not send email notification of backup completion.
If you selected Remote FTP Server, Remote FTP Server (Passive Mode Transfer), or SCP from the Backup Destination menu, enter the remote destination’s information in the available text boxes.
Click Generate Backup.
If you selected Home Directory, click the filename under Backups Available for Download to download the backup file.


The backup file’s creation date appears in the filename (which begins with backup-MM-DD-YYYY).
The system stores backup files as tarballs that use the .tar.gz file extension.


Partial Backup:

To back up a portion of your site, perform the following steps:

Click the portion of your site that you wish to back up:
Home Directory — Back up the /home directory.
MySQL Databases — Back up your databases.
Email Forwarders and Filters — Back up your email forwarders or filters.
Click the appropriate item in the following interface to store the information to your computer or web server.

The type of backup file that the system generates depends on the portion of your site that you back up.

The following table contains a list of partial backup types and their file types:
Home Directory    *.tar.gz
Email Forwarders and Filters    *.net, *.com
MySQL Databases    *.sql

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