How do I backup my cPanel account?

Data loss is a huge set back when you run a website with lots of traffic. Even though data loss cannot be prevented sometimes, contingency measures can always be taken to ensure the safety of the stored information. Your cPanel account has all the administrative details which you use to manage your website. The loss of this data cannot be afforded and hence backing it up will go a long way in ensuring that you are not left without an option in case a mishap occurs. It is better to take backup of data on cPanel from time to time.

1.  Log in to your cPanel account.

2.  Navigate to Files.

The Files section will be displayed.

cPanel backup

3.  Click Backup.

The Backup page will be displayed.

Specify the type of backup you want to initiate. There are three types of backups.

  • Full Backup – Backs up everything on the server for your account.
  • Account Backup – Backs up all account related information.
  • Partial Backup - Backs up only selected objects. Partial backup files can be restored via the cPanel interface.

cPanel full backup

4.  In Full Backup section, click Download a Full Website Backup.

The page to download available backups will be displayed.

cPanel backup settings

5.  Select the location where you want to save the backup file from the Backup Destination drop down list.

6.  Enter the email address to send notification each time when backup is completed in the Email Address field.

7.  Specify whether or not you want to send email notification of backup completion.

8.  Click Generate Backup.

Full backup will be initiated.

Account Backups

cPanel account backup

9.  In Account Backups section, select the date to backup data from the drop down list.

10.  Click Download.

The account backup data will be downloaded.

Partial Backups

cPanel partial backup

In Partial Backups section, you can download only selected objects. 

11.  In the above example, only the backup of Home Directory is initiated.

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