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How to manage backups using cPanel

This article describes how to download backups of your web site and then restore them by using cPanel.

About backups

Backups are an important part of web site administration. When you keep backup copies of your website’s files and configurations in a safe location, you can use them to restore your web site in the event something happens that prevents it from functioning correctly.

You can create a backup at any time. This is useful, for example, if you make significant changes to your web site and you do not want to wait for the scheduled daily or weekly backup to occur. You can create partial or full backups of your web site.

When you use cPanel to manage your backups, you can only restore partial backups. You cannot restore a full backup by using cPanel.

Creating a full backup of your web site

To create a full backup of your web site by using cPanel, follow these steps:

  1. In the Files section of the cPanel home screen, click Backups.
  2. Under Full Backup, click Download or Generate a Full Website Backup.
  3. In the Backup Destination list box, select where you want to save the backup file.
    You can save the backup file in your home directory, or you can transfer the backup file to another site by using FTP or SCP. If you use FTP or SCP, you must type the remote server, remote username, and remote password.
  4. If you do not want to receive an e-mail message when the backup is complete, click Do not send email notification of backup completion.
  5. Click Generate Backup.

Downloading a full backup of your web site

If you have created a full backup of your web site, you can download the backup file.

To download a full backup, follow these steps:

  1. In the Files section of the cPanel home screen, click Backups.
  2. Under Full Backup, click Download or Generate a Full Website Backup.
  3. Under Backups Available for Download, click the file that you want to download.

Downloading a partial backup

To download an existing partial backup, follow these steps:

  1. In the Files section of the cPanel home screen, click Backups.
  2. Under Partial Backups, click the name of the backup file that you want to download. Depending upon your web site's configuration, some or all of the following backup types may be available:
    • Home directory
    • MySQL databases
    • E-mail forwarders
    • E-mail filters

Restoring a partial backup

To restore an existing partial backup, follow these steps:

  1. In the Files section of the cPanel home screen, click Backups.
  2. Under Partial Backups, click Browse, select the partial backup file that you want to restore, and then click Upload.