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To create a full backup:

  1. Select Backup from the first page.
  2. Select Full Backup from the second page.
  3. Select the destination for the backup files. You have 3 options:
    • You can store the files in your home directory on your web server by selecting Home Directory from the pull-down menu.
    • cPanel can also utilize FTP or SCP to store the files to a remote machine. To do this, fill in the appropriate information and select the method for file transfer from the pull-down menu.
    • If you wish to download the file to your computer, skip to the next step.
  4. Click Generate Backup.
    • If FTP or SCP was used, an email will be sent to the email address that you specified at the beginning of the process.
  5. To download a copy of the backup file to your computer, click the filename under Backups Available for Download.

The date the backup was created appears in the filename (which begins with backup-MM-DD-YYYY). The file will be stored as a “tar ball,” or compressed data file, with the filename extension .tar.gz.

note Note: You cannot use a full backup to restore your site via the cPanel interface. The file must be downloaded and decompressed prior to restoration. Once the file has been decompressed, you will be able to upload and restore individual pieces of your website contained within the full backup.

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