How to Backup Drupal 8 with the Backup and Migrate Module

Your Drupal 8 security posture should include up-to-date backups. cPanel backups and snapshots are great for full server backups. However, a module to backup only website data can save a lot of time when you need migrate or update Drupal.

Below we cover how to install the Backup and Migrate Drupal module and create a quick backup.

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Install Backup and Migrate

  1. Login to Drupal.
  2. Install the Drupal module using the Backup and Migrate download link.
  3. Click Install at the bottom.
  4. Click Configuration at the top.
  5. Under Development, click Backup and Migrate.

Create a Backup

You can download backups to your computer or server.

Download the Backup Locally

  1. In the Backup Source drop-down, select Entire Site.
  2. In the Backup Destination drop-down, select Download.
  3. Click Backup now.

Download the Backup to your Server

  1. Create a folder in the parent folder outside your Drupal root directory (e.g. backups)
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. Click the Destinations tab beside Settings Profiles.
  4. Click Add Backup Destination.
  5. Create a Label and select Server File Directory.
  6. Select Edit beside your new backup destination.
  7. Add your directory path ../[backup-folder] (e.g. ../backups)
  8. Click Save.
  9. Click the Backup tab.
  10. In the Backup Source drop-down, select Entire Site.
  11. In the Backup Destination drop-down, select your created backup label.
  12. Click Backup now.

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