How to Backup Your Website in cPanel
I was having trouble with a backup plugin not working right and was looking for a solution.
Turns out there is one-the cpanel website backup feature.
I have had to re-install backups in the past and usually used files generated by a backup plugin, though in a couple of instances I used the Sunday files Hostgator generates when they do their global.
Anyway I called up customer support and got a great rep who took me through the paces of how to use cPanel website backup feature to get your own backup file, and if you want to, install it to restore your site, all on your little lonesome.
It’s really easy to generate the backup so I made this video to show you how to do it.
I haven’t had to restore a site yet, but given the ease with which it can be done, I won’t hesitate to give it a try when the need arises.
At Hostgator, if you want them to do it for you, there is a $15 charge and they usually do it in a matter of minutes.
There is a procedure to follow to put in the request, but in the few times I have had to restore a site, it has be done within a half hour.
Any way to get back on topic, this cPanel backup process is very useful to know and I think you will at least get a backup in a format your host service will have an easy time working with.
So take in the video and as always, stay with it, stay well and talk soon.
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Hey, Claude Pelanne here, Affiliate Starting Line, welcome. This is going to be a short video about the cPanel, and how to back up your website using the backup feature.
The reason you want to do that is, you obviously want a database to back up your website.
Now I happen to use WordPress websites, and there are plug-ins that will do backup for you, and you can do that, use that, and I have been.
But sometimes those backups aren’t easy to work with for your web host. So I was just shown by my customer support rep, at HostGator, another option, and that is to save your website backup through the cPanel. Then you can actually get them to install it.
You can install it yourself. So let’s take a look and see how you do that.
So here is a generic cPanel page. Now I use HostGator. If you have BlueHost, if you have HostMonster, if you have Media Temple, there are lots of hosting companies. You want one that has a cPanel configuration, and it works like this.
cPanel, the backup for your website is going to be found under Backups in the Files panel. Now very often that Files panel is located three or four steps down below. But as you can see, you can move these around. I usually move mine up to the top so it’s easier to find.
Now what you want to look for is Backups right here, Backups, and you want to click it. Now Backups is going to take you to the Backup dashboard. Here are a whole list of databases. So in this imaginary website, you’ve got a ton of websites, and they all have databases. There’s a way of finding what the database corresponds to which site, and I’ll do that in another video.
But for the purposes of this, let’s say we want to back up this database right here. So all you have to do is click it, and it’s going to come back and give you an option. In this case, I want to save it to my desktop, and you click Save. Now when you click Save, you’re going to want to use the SQL.gz. You want it in the SQL format, because it’s a SQL database. You click that, and the database will go to your desktop.
Now, let’s say something goes wrong with the website and it’s screwed up, and you need to get the database restored. Well, you can come back to this panel, remember we found this by going to . . . let’s go back one. We found it by coming up here to finding the files, clicking Backups. So you’d come back in, and here you’d find this and then you see Restore a MySQL Database. You want to go find the MySQL Database. Here it is. You want to open it. There it is ready to go. And then you want to click Upload. Restoring the database, and I really don’t want to do that. But that’s how it works.
Then that would reload the database back into the proper file and folder on your host site, and you’d be ready to go. Now if you’re not comfortable doing that, you can always call customer support of whatever hosting company you use, and they’ll do it for you. You just email them the database as an attachment, and then they put it in for you. So that’s it.
So just to recap, if you want to back up your database, your website securely, you want to go to your Files panel, go to Backups, click it, find the database, click it, save it wherever you want to save it in your website. Then when you need it, you choose File, go find it. It will load up. Click Upload, and you’re done. That’s it.
So I hope this video has been helpful. This is Claude Pelanne at Affiliate Starting Line. Stay with it, stay well, and we’ll talk to you soon.