Backup and Restore with Cpanel Web Hosting

One of the cheapest form of website hosting that is most preferred by the linux lovers is Cpanel Web Hosting, which offers an easy-to-use, intuitive interface control panel for all managing all website aspects.

With Cpanel, you can easily backup and restore your website data within few minutes. Here in this article the following steps will get the newbies through the simple process of backup and restore via Cpanel.

Step 1: Log in to CPanel.

Step 2: Scroll down your CPanel page until you reach the “Files” section. Here, the icon on the top left should read “Backup”. Click on it.

Step 3: Now you are at the backup/restore screen. This is where you will execute all your functions related to backing and restoring your website data.

Option 1: Your server will usually choose the frequency at which it backs up data. This may be daily or monthly backups. You can also download these to your system as often as you wish.

Option 2: Manual backup, full. If you wish to back up your whole website, simply click the button which indicates “Generate or download a full backup”.

The backup file can be saved in a variety of locations:

  1. Home directory
  2. Remote FTP server
  3. Remote FTP server(passive mode transfer)
  4. Secure Copy(scp)

Click “Backup destination” and select the option that is applicable to you.

Saving the backup on your computer only requires you to point out the folder where you will store the backup. Passive Mode Transfer and Secure Copy are backup modes that need some technical acumen, but it is not necessary to master them initially.

If you want to save on a remote FTP server, then you will need to enter a few details –

  1. An email address where the complete report of the backup process will be sent
  2. The remote FTP server address
  3. The remote user name
  4. The remote password

There are two more columns for “Port” and “Remote directory”, but those may be left blank.

Once you have filled in the four required columns, click on “generate backup”. You can verify that the backup has been generated from your FTP server address.

Note here, that full backups cannot be used as part of the “restore” process. They can only be stored on your computer or used to move your account to a different server.


Option 3: Manual backup, partial. You can also back up certain parts of your site through Cpanel.

The backup/restore page contains buttons that will back up

  1. Your home directory online
  2. A MySQL database
  3. Specific filters or subdomains

Each of these buttons will have a corresponding “restore” button beside it.

To perform any of these functions, click the relevant button first. Then, choose where to save the backup file.

To restore, simply click the “restore” button, click the archive file, and click “Ok”. The process is complete.

Note: The backup file is saved in a .tar.gz format, which is supported natively by Linux, but not by Windows. However, if you install the free tool 7zip will allow you to access the .tar.gz archive. Although, if you cannot access it, you can use it while the backup restore process.

With the help of features provided by the Cpanel Web Hosting, any webmasters work gets more easy.

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This post was written by on April 30, 2010

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