How to Create Backups in cPanel with the Backup Wizard

When you’re creating backups in cPanel, you have two options to help you complete the task: Backup or Backup Wizard. This tutorial walks you through how to do it with the Backup Wizard which provides the same functionality as the Backup method, except that the options are separated out by section.

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How to Create a Full Backup with the Backup Wizard

The full backup option allows you to backup all of your website files associated with the account. You can also use this backup to move your account to another cPanel server.

  1. Login to the cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. Backup Wizard icon

  4. Click on the blue button labeled Backup.
  5. Select backup option in the left menu

  6. Click on Full Backup.
  7. Click on Full backup

  8. Determine the destination of the backup. Click the drop-down arrow and select either Home Directory, Remote FTP server, Remote FTP server (passive mode transfer), or Secure Copy (SCP).
  9. Select the destination of the backup

  10. Enter the email address to receive notification of the backup completion. If no notification is required, click that radial button.
  11. Enter the email address for notification of the backup completion

  12. Click on Generate Backup.
  13. Click on the generate backup button

  14. When the backup completes you will see a link that says Backups Available for Download. Clink the link to download the backup file.
  15. Enter the email address for notification of the backup completion

Note: Ensure you download the backup file to a secure location not located on the server. That way, you’ll have a backup available that won’t be affected should anything happen to files on the server.

How to Create a Full or Partial Backup using the Backup Wizard

The Full or Partial Backup option in the Backup Wizard lets you select the individual backup options available. These options are the same as in the Backup version discussed above, except that here you can click on each option and it will be the only one shown on the page.

How to Create a Home Directory Backup

  1. Login to the cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. Enter the email address for notification of the backup completion

  4. Click on the blue button labeled Backup.
  5. Select the Backup option to the left

  6. Under Select Partial Backup, click on Home Directory.
  7. Select the button labeled Home Directory

  8. You will then see the section labeled Final Step. Click on the blue Home Directory Button.
  9. Select the location to save your backup
  10. Determine where you will save the file on your computer.

How to Create a MySQL Backup

  1. Login to the cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. Backup Wizard icon under Files

  4. Click on the blue button labeled Backup.
  5. Select the Backup option to the left

  6. Under Select Partial Backup, click on the button labeled MySQL Databases.
  7. Click on the MySQL databases button

  8. You will then see the section labeled Final Step. Select the database that you wish to backup from the list that appears.
  9. Select the Database you wish to backup

  10. Determine where you will save the file on your computer.
  11. Select where to save your MySQL backup

How to Create a Email Forwarder or Filters Backup

  1. Login to the cPanel.
  2. Click on the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. Backupup Wizard icon under Files

  4. Click on the blue button labeled Backup.
  5. Select the Backup option to the left

  6. Under Select Partial Backup, click on the button labeled Email Forwarders and Filters
  7. Select the button labeled Email Forwarders and filters

  8. You will then see the section labeled Final Step. Select a domain name under forwarders, or select the System Filter that you wish to backup from the list that appears.
  9. Select the email filters or forwarders for backup

  10. Determine where you will save the file on your computer.
  11. Select where to save the email forwarders or filters backup file

    Select where to save the email forwarders or filters backup file

Congratulations on completing the Backup Wizard tutorial. As you can see, creating backups a fairly quick and easy process. Make sure use this feature to make timely and critical backups of your website!

Thoughts on “How to Create Backups in cPanel with the Backup Wizard

  • What are the differences between the backup destinations on Full Backups (i.e. home directory, remote FTP server, remote FTP server (passive mode transfer), secure copy (SCP))?

    • The backup destinations (local or remote) are as follows:

      Home Directory — Saves the backup file on the local server.
      Remote FTP Server — Uses FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
      Remote FTP Server (passive mode transfer) — Uses passive FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
      Secure Copy (SCP) — Uses SCP to store the backup file on a remote server.

      Aside from the differences in the protocol used to actually transfer data, those are the differences in the options available for backup destinations. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Carlos D

  • Hello, the backup of my very large account and I can not download it to my team. There is some solution to this … greetings and thanks in advance

    • If you are having issues downloading it from your cPanel you may want to try using FTP or Rsync instead.

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