How do I create a backup of my website?
How can I back up my web site?
It’s important that you know what you’re backing up first. If you’re running a content management system, such as Drupal, WordPress or any web site that runs a database, you’ll have to back up the database as well. If you’re running a simple web site, you’ll have to just back up the web site files.
Step #1 – Backing up Website files
In order to backup your files, we recommend that you use FTP and copy the whole public_html directory from your web hosting account to your local PC. We recommend using FileZilla to transfer (copy) your web site files to your local PC.
Here is a tutorial on how to use the software: http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Using
Important folders to download from the root folder of your account:
- mail (location of all your stored e-mails)
- public_html (location of all your stored website files)
Step #2 – Backing up Databases
Login to your cPanel account and click on the phpMyAdmin icon located under the databases section.
- Select the database you wish to backup in the drop-down database selection box on the left
- Click the Export Tab towards the top of the interface. This will take you to the Export page with a lot of options
- Click “Select All”. This ensures that all the tables in the database is included.
- Select “SQL” in the Export box
- Ensure that “Structure” is selected, then make sure the “Add Auto_Increment” and “Enclose Table and Field Name with Backquotes” boxes are ticked.
- Make sure “Data is selected, check “Hexadecimal for Binary Field” and set the Export type to “Insert”.
- Select “Save as File” then click “Go”. You will be prompted to save the database to your computer.
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