Here at x10, we’re happy to offer daily granular restore points with both our free and paid web hosting plans. But it is always good to keep backups of your own for your websites. This way, you can choose which dates to keep or delete, or even keep a monthly backups available for the past year! Older backups can be very useful if you ever find your sites compromised. With this blog post, we’ll go over downloading backups from cPanel and using these files to restore your site or databases.
Downloading a Backup
You can download backups for your website under the File > Backups. There is also the Backup Wizard option which offers the same thing, but in a step-by-step format. After you load the backups page, you’ll have the option to download a full backup or partial backups. Please note that, if you choose to download a full backup, you will be unable to restore this file in cPanel. If you’re looking to potentially use these backups in the future, please use the partial backups option.
In this section, you will be able to download backups of:
- Your home directory; this will include all of your website files and directories. If you’re backing up your websites, you will need to download this option.
- Any databases you have; you will be able to download each database separately. If you’re only using one database, you will only need to download a single database. If your websites do not use any databases, then you won’t need to download any at all. To download a database backup, simply click on the database name and cPanel will serve the correct file for you.
- Email forwarders and email filters; if you’ve set up any forwarders or filers for your emails, you can create a backup of these here as well. This is useful if you need to remove a domain and read it later on.
Make sure to download backups for your website periodically, or before you make any big changes to your website. It is always good to have a few available somewhere, just for good measure!
Restoring a Backup
To restore your website, you will need to have backup that you have downloaded from cPanel available. You will be able to restore the backup via cPanel under File > Backups. Under the Partial Backups section, you will be able to upload previously downloaded backups and have cPanel restore these files or databases. Simply choose the file that you’re looking to restore from, and click “Upload” and cPanel will do the rest for you! Once cPanel has restored the backup, you’ll be able to restore any additional backup you may have under the correct section.
Now that you’ve finished backing up your website’s files and databases, you’re ready for anything! Be sure you are following our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!