How To Back up Your Website in cPanel

  1. This tutorial assumes you’ve already logged in to cPanel, and are starting on the home screen.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--01
  2. Now let’s learn how to backup our website.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--02
  3. Click the “Backup Wizard” icon.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--03
  4. This is the main backup screen where you can backup, or restore the files in your hosting account.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--04
  5. To backup your website, click the “Backup” button.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--05
  6. You have the option of only backing up part of your account …cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--06
  7. … or generating a full backup, which we’ll do now. Click the “Full Backup” button.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--07
  8. Select the destination, then click “Generate Backup”.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--08
  9. That’s it! We’ve just created a full backup to the home directory.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--09
  10. To download a copy of the backup to your computer, simply click its link. That’s all there is to it!cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--10
  11. Restoring files is just as easy. Click the “Backup Wizard” icon again.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--11
  12. Then click the “Restore” button.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--12
  13. Choose what type of restore you want to do… in this case, let’s restore the “Home Directory”.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--13
  14. Locate the Home Directory backup…cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--14
  15. Then click “Upload”.cpanel-paperlantern-15-backups--15
  16. The files have been restored!


Proactive Server Maintenance Checklist, Prior to Reboot

Take a Backup, or Be Sure Backups are Running

We have tutorials on How to Create a Storm Server Backup, and How to Restore a Storm Server Backup.

Check Running Processes

Liquid Web’s Heroic Support team closely monitors the load on your servers with Sonar® proactive monitoring and service restoration. That said, it’s always wise to glance at what processes are running on your server to assure your services are running as expected. Check-out our tutorial on Monitoring Server Processes with Top for Linux.

Verify Services Will Start at Boot

Be sure to verify that all of your necessary services are configured to start when the server boots up. For CentOS users, you can follow this tutorial: chkconfig Command Examples for Red Hat and CentOS.

Save, Save, and Save Some More

Always check whether or not there are any unsaved changes to configuration files, etc. prior to a reboot. Save early and safe often!
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