Did you know that the free sitebuilder that x10Hosting offers has a built in backup system? With this system, you’re able to download backups of your sitebuilder website at any point in time. You are also able to restore your website from the backups that you create or from the restore points that are taken periodically. With this blog post we will go over how to download the backups, and restore your website with sitebuilder.
To get started, we will have to access the SiteBuilder via cPanel under the Software and Services category. Once you’ve accessed your website via SiteBuilder, we will create a backup of your website first.
Creating Backups for SiteBuilder
After SiteBuilder loads your website, you will need to access the Backup/Restore window. You can do this by navigating to the top left of the menu bar, and to the right of “x10Premium” you will see an icon that looks similar to a floppy disk. When you hover over the icon, a drop down menu appears, and the last option available will be the Backup/Restore option.
When you click on Backup/Restore, a window will pop, greying out your website below. By default SiteBuilder loads the Backup tab first. This is where we will download the backup of your website. After clicking on Download Backup, you should download a file called “yourwebsite_project.sitebuilder”. This is not a readable file by Windows, but it will work as a backup of your website.
Please note: if your website is quite large or expansive but the download file is small, don’t worry! That is normal. The backup files are often quite small, due to the way SiteBuilder creates and unpacks the backups.
Creating a backup of your website can be very useful, particularly if you created the website under a temporary subdomain. This way, you can create the backup of your subdomain’s website and use it to “restore” the website under your domain. However, if you plan on doing something like this, please make sure you are using a subdomain that is a child of the final domain (e.g., exampledomain.com is the domain you plan on using, so use the subdomain test.exampledomain.com). This will prevent any errors that may cause when switching domains completely.
Restoring Your SiteBuilder Website
After creating a backup of your website, you can make all sorts of changes without worrying about having to start over completely due to any error. If something happens and your website breaks, or if you’re moving your website to a different subdomain or domain, then you’ll need to restore the file backup that you created.
To do this, you’ll need to go back to the Backup/Restore window where you downloaded the backup file. After the window pops up, you will need to select the Restore tab. Under this tab, you’ll have two options to restore from. The first option is restoring from an auto backup that SiteBuilder has created. You can look through the dates and times that are available to you to restore from. If any of them would help fix the issue that you’re experiencing, you can highlight the date and time you would like, and click the “Restore” button at the bottom of the window.
However, if you’re looking to restore from the backup file that you’ve downloaded you’ll need to use the restore from file option. Browse your computer for the file and open it once you’ve found it. Make sure the button next to “Restore from file” is selected, and then click the restore button at the bottom of the window. SiteBuilder will now upload the file and use it to restore your website.
Please note: if the files is large, you may experience a time out error during the restoration process. If you are, simply increasing the post_max_size and upload_max_filesize in your PHP settings should fix this issue. Just be sure that the new limits are larger than the backup file you are trying to restore from.
Now you’re able to download backs for your sitebuilder website, and easily restore from any available point or a downloaded backup. Be sure you are following our Facebook andTwitter pages to stay up to date with the latest in webmaster tips, updates for web software, everything x10Hosting, and more!