Full Backups with cPanel

About Full cPanel Backups

Creating your first Full Backups

Downloading your saved Full Backups

Deleting your Full Backups

Restoring Data from Full Backups

 

 


About cPanel Full Backups


CPanel offers the ability to make manual backups of your site files and account detail. You can do backups that contains your full account directory and configuration or smaller individual portions of your site like your home directory (which includes your web site files and your saved emails), mysql databases, or email forwarder and filter detail.


IMPORTANT : Consider making backups on a weekly or monthly basis and always make a backup before making any major changes to a site. You won’t regret it! When working with full backups, it’s one thing to generate them, but to keep them safe, you will need to download them to your local computer as well.


PLEASE NOTE : While comprehensive, working with FULL backups can be cumbersome and these full files can not be restored using the cPanel automated restoration tools. Restoring detail from full backups requires unpacking the contents of the backup and restoring individual aspects manually. As such, we strongly recommend making and working with partial backups.

This page details with cPanel FULL backups. For detail on partial backups see this page.

 

 


Creating your first Full Backups

 

In order to generate your first full manual backup -

 

1. Login to CPanel and look under the File heading and click the Backup icon.

backup icon


2. On the next page, click the blue Download a Full Website Backup button.

Download button



3.
On the next page, you will see links for any previously created full backups under Backups Available for Download, but upon arriving here for the first time, you will have none and you must create your first. To do this, consider the options under Generate a Full Backup. You first need to consider where you want your full backup saved. We recommend leaving the default Home Directory. This will save the full backup in your hosting account.

destination menu

You can also select to send the full backup to a remote server. This is an option for advanced users and the connection details must be provided by the third party server admins. The directions below continue with the assumption that you have elected to save your full backup within your Datarealm hosting account.


4. After selecting Home Directory, consider the email address provided. cPanel will send a email confirmation once your backup is completed. By default, this will go the account owner, but you can adjust this. You can only send this notice to one email user. You can also elect to send no email notification by clicking Do not send email notification of backup completion.



5. Once you are satisfied with your selections, click the blue Generate Backup button

generate button


You will be presented with blue status page that confirms your backup is being generated. To return to the previous page, click the Go Back link.

go back

 

 

 


Downloading your saved full backups



Once you have any number of saved full backups, you can download them to your computer using one of these three methods -



Via the Backups page -
Login to cPanel. Look under Files, Backups, Full Backups. Click the blue Download a Full Website Backup button. On the next page you will see links to any and all full backups that have been created. The file names include the dates they were made. To download one of these directly from this page simply click the link for the file you wish to download. Your browser will either download it directly to your local Downloads folder or ask where you’d like to save it locally.



Via the cPanel File Manager -
Login to cPanel and under Files click the File Manager icon. You will find all the full backups for your account listed under your /home directory. The file names include the dates they were made. To download one of these directly from the File Manger, click the file you wish to download once so that it is highlighted and look above the file listing for the Download icon - 
download.  Click to download. Your browser will either download it directly to your local Downloads folder or ask where you’d like to save it locally.



Via FTP -
You can use your FTP program of choice to make an FTP connection to your hosting account to grab the full backups. You will find all the full backups for your account listed under your /home directory. The file names include the dates they were made. Download those you need. For more detail on how to make an FTP connection to your cPanel account, see this page



If you have issues with any of these methods, please let us know.

 

 




Deleting your full backups



Depending on how frequently you make full backups, you may find that you periodically need to delete older ones to make space in your account. You can access and delete these full backups in two ways -



Via the cPanel File Manager -
Login to cPanel and under Files click the File Manager icon. You will find all the full backups for your account listed under your /home directory. The file names include the dates they were made. To delete one of these directly using the File Manager, click the file you wish to delete once so that it is highlighted and look above the file listing for the Delete icon - Delete.  
Click to delete. You will be presented with the option to confirm or cancel this action. Click to confirm.

 


Via FTP -
You can use your FTP program of choice to make an FTP connection to your hosting account to delete the full backups. You will find all the full backups for your account listed under your /home directory. The file names include the dates they were made. Delete as you see fit. For more detail on how to make an FTP connection to your cPanel account, see this page



If you have issues with any of these methods, please let us know.

 



 


Restoring Data from full Backups



As noted above, you can unfortunately not use the full backup files generated by cPanel to restore data using the cPanel restoration tools. Once you have generated full backups, they must be downloaded to your local computer, uncompressed, and managed/restored manually.  
Site files can be restored via FTP or database data can be restored via PhpMyAdmin for example.



If you need any help with this process, we can assist!

 

 

 

 

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