The cPanel backup interface allows you to generate and download a full backup of your website, this will make a copy of all of your files, email, and databases. Before making any changes to your website, it’s best practice to always create a backup.
How to create a full cPanel Backup
1) Log into cPanel.
2) Look for the “Files” section and click on the “Backup Wizard” icon.
3) In the “Back UP” section, click the “Backup Up” button to proceed.
4) In the next step, you’ll see multiple options to create a Full Backup, an archive of all the files and configurations on your website, or a Partial Backup.
Home Directory — If this option is selected the backup will be saved in the /home directory of the server.
Remote FTP Server — You can select this option if you want to use an FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
Remote FTP Server (Passive Mode Transfer) — You can select this option if you want to use passive FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
SCP — You can select this option if you want to use SCP to store the backup file on a remote server.
If you want to receive an email notification when the backup is finished just enter your email address. If that’s not the case you can check the box next to “Do not send email notification of backup completion”.
5) Click on the “Generate Backup” button to proceed and allow some time for the backup to finish. An email will be sent to your address if you entered one in the previous step.
How to Download the Full Backup
1) This assumes that you are already logged into cPanel.
2) Select “Backups” under the “Files” tab
3) Next click on the “Download a Full Website Backup” button.
4) Under “Backups Available for Download”, click the link for the backup file you want to download.
5) Select the destination on your PC where you would like to save the backup.