How do I back up my website?

Jun
12
2013
Post by Audra Barclay

website-backup

Back up often and back up in more than one way. Save your backups onto your computer away from the web hosting server. Better still put them also on a disc.

An untested back up is no better than no back up at all. TRANSLATION = your back up (if untested) might not work.

Therefore back up often, back up in different ways and test your back ups.

The following steps may help you back up your site - but the only guarantee of a successful back up is opening it up on a server and checking that it works!

To backup your website manually using cpanel

If you are using a CMS - content management system - like Joomla!, WordPress, Magento or Drupal - you need to back up:

  1. the web directory / folders
  2. the database

 Backing up your website manually via cpanel

1. Login to your site.com/cpanel and compress the webdirectory files

  • Go to FILES > FILE MANAGER
cpanel
  • For directory selection select HOME directory
  • Click GO
cpanel-dir
  • Highlight PUBLIC_HTML
  • Click COMPRESS
compress
  • Save as a G or B tar archive 
  • Save as NAME - include the date and sitename
  • Press COMPRESS FILES
  • Once complete Click CLOSE on pop up box
gzip
  • Highlight the file 
  • Click DOWNLOAD

[you now have a copy of the web directory ( part of your CMS website)]

download

 

2. Use the backup wizard to download your database

  • Click HOME top left
  • Under FILES click on BACKUP WIZARD
backup
  • Select BACKUP
  • On right under Select Partial Back up
  • Click on MySQL DATABASES
mysql
  • Click on database name to download

(we recommend you save as dbname-date;
i.e. date the downloads)

download-db

 You are done! Keep those files safe and back up often!

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