If you’ve ever lost your mobile phone or experienced total laptop failure, then you most likely know exactly why it is important to create a backup of your reseller website. Technology is great, but sometimes things do go wrong. Websites can be hacked, updates may not achieve the desired effect, and malware can strike at any time. Any of these catastrophes can be mitigated with a little research, planning, and preparation. So let’s get down to backup business…
What is a website backup?
A website backup is a complete duplicate of your data. It can be used to partially or completely restore website functionality when necessary. Best case practice is to store your backups somewhere other than where your website is hosted. Backups allow you the peace of mind knowing that in the event that your website becomes corrupted or is no longer functional, you can quickly restore and move on to the next task.
Why you need a backup.
There are dozens of reasons why you need a backup of your website. However, the most important is so that no matter what happens, you are prepared.
Below are the most common ways that we see backup used:
- A website is hacked.
- Malware infects a website.
- An update goes wrong.
- An employee mistakenly corrupts or deletes a website.
- Absolutely unknown errors or issues.
- Damaged, lost, or broken computers.
Whatever the reason may be, a backup makes these terrible events a minor irritation in your day rather than the major event of the week.
How to create a backup in your cPanel account.
If you are running a website based in cPanel, then you are in luck! cPanel makes it incredibly easy to create and store a backup of your website data. Simply follow the instructions below to get started.
- Log into your cPanel account with your username and password.
- Within the Files section, click on the icon that says Backup Wizard.
- Choose from the available options for a Full or Partial backup. Smaller websites can take advantage of the Full backup. However, large websites may only need a Partial backup.
- From the dropdown menu, choose where you would like your backup to be saved.
- Home directory – Saves the backup on the server.
- Remote FTP server – Saves the backup on a remote server using FTP.
- Remote FTP Server (passive mode transfer) – Saves the backup on a remote server using passive FTP.
- Secure Copy (SCP) – Saves the backup file on a remote server using SCP.
- If you choose the Remote FTP server, Remote FTP server (passive mode transfer) or SCP options, you will need to enter some basic information about the server. Be sure to enter an email address to be notified when the backup is complete.
- Click the Generate Backup button and you will soon see a confirmation message.
- To return to the Download section, click Go Back.
- Once complete, you can download the backup by clicking the Backups Available for Download link.
For more information, be sure to check out our Knowledgebase article on backups. And as always, our expert technical support staff is always ready to answer any questions you may have.
Other options for backing up your data.
If your website does not use cPanel, there are many other options for creating website backups. You can use FTP to create backups saved on your computer, and Plesk is also a great backup manager tool. Many resellers opt to store a backup of their computer in a cloud environment like Dropbox. There are also many tools available for purchase should you choose an easier method of creating backup files. There are many roads to backup success, but all of them lead to a website that is online longer.