How to Use the Backup Wizard in cPanel

One way to backup your website in cPanel is by using the Backup Wizard which guides you through the steps necessary to backup and restore your files.

You have the option of creating a full backup or a partial backup. Partial backups can be restored by yourself using cPanel, whereas full backups must be restored by your web host through WHM.

Video Tutorial

Full Backups & Restore

Creating a Full Backup of Your Website

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. To backup your website, click the Backup button.
  4. Click on the Full Backup button.
  5. Select a Backup Destination.
    • Home Directory
    • Remote FTP Server (with or without passive mode)
    • Secure Copy (SCP)
  6. Specify an Email Address if you want to be notified when the backup is complete.
  7. Click on the Generate Backup button.

Download Your Full Backup

Completed downloads will be listed on the Backup Wizard screen under Backups Available to Download.

To download a copy of the backup to your computer, simply click its link.

Depending on the amount of data contained in your account, it may take a few minutes to create the backup file. Since generating backups take up server resources, the backup file may not be generated immediately, and instead be placed in a queue so multiple backups from other users are not running at the same time. 

Restoring a Full Backup

You cannot restore a full backup through cPanel, however you web host can restore it for you if you have the full backup file.

Contact your web host for details on how to restore a full backup.

Warning! Restoring a full backup will delete all the data on your account, and replace it with data contained in the backup file. This cannot be undone. Be careful.

Partial Backups & Restore

Creating a Partial Backup

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. To backup your website, click the Backup button.
  4. Click on the type of backup you want to create.
    • Home Directory
    • MySQL Databases
    • Email Forwarders & Filters
  5. On the download screen, click the appropriate button to download your backup.
    • For example, for a Home Directory backup, the button will be labelled Home Directory.

Restoring a Partial Backup

You can restore your own backups of your home directory, MySQL databases, and email forwarders & filters directly through cPanel.

Warning! Restoring a backup file will delete all the related data on your account, and replace it with data contained in the backup file. This cannot be undone. Be careful.
  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. Click the Restore button.
  4. Select the type of restore you want to do.
    • Home Directory
    • MySQL Database
    • Email Forwarders & Filters
  5. Locate the backup file you saved earlier, and Upload.
  6. The files have been restored.

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