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Keeping backups of your your website is critical at all times. Backups can be restored from our backups, your own cPanel backup, or SQL files for your database. In this article, we will review the process for restoring each of these options.

Restoring from our automated backups

InMotion Hosting does perform some backups. Backups are ran every 24 to 36 hours and overwrite the previous backup. Not all accounts are backed up so let's review what accounts are backed up:

  • Personal/Cheap Hosting Plans under 10GB
  • Business Class Hosting Plans under 10GB (this excludes the LD servers)
  • VPS accounts under 10GB

Because backups run every 24 to 36 hours and overwrite the previous one, if you want a backup from a week ago restored, it is not likely we will have a backup. If you would like to find out if we have a backup available to restore please contact our technical support department for further assistance.

Once you have determined there is a backup that you would like to have restored, you can follow the steps below to request a data restoration.

  1. Login to AMP.
  2. click on other under additional servicesUnder your account name, click the Data Restoration Request button.
  3. click on data restoreRead through the information regarding data restorations, and click the NEXT button to proceed.
  4. Now fill in the fields regarding what you need restored and then click Submit. You will then see an “Order Processing” message

You should receive an email once your data restoration request has been completed. Please note that data restorations are not instant, and depending on the size of the files you have requested to restore, and the current queue of ticket requests prior to yours, it could take a few hours to complete.

Restoring a full cPanel backup

If you have previously made a full cPanel backup from another host, or an earlier backup of your account with us, your cPanel backup can be restored. On shared hosting, or a VPS/dedicated server without root access, our technical support team will need to restore this backup for you. To do so, simply upload your full cPanel backup to your home directory via FTP or the cPanel File Manager, then submit a ticket to support letting them know where it is located.

Restoring databases

To restore a database, you may do so from within PHPMyAdmin if your database is under 50MB. If your database is over 50MB, technical support would need to restore it for you. To do so, you may upload your SQL file to your home directory, then submit a ticket to support with the path to the database file, as well as the name of the database that you want to restore it to.

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2014-03-19 5:12 pm

The cPanel file manager limits uploads to 1.0GB. My website backup is over 8GB and so I cannot upload it through cPanel. My FTP domain currently still points to my previous domain registrar, so I can't use an FTP client to upload the backup. What should I do?

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2014-03-19 8:03 pm
Hello Andy,

You can simply find the shared IP address of your server, or find the server name in cPanel.

Then use your FTP client to go to that IP address or server name instead of a full hostname with your domain name.

You could also modify your hosts file to force your computer to resolve your domain name directly at our server.

Please let us know if you had any other questions at all.

- Jacob

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