Why Website Backup Is Important? | A Guide to Do Complete Website Backup

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No doubt, the online world is full opportunities for growing business. creating a website for your business can multiply your lead generation but it does not mean your resources and data is safe. No matter how good your security precautions are, still, you should always be ready for the worst case. Remember, your data is unsafe and can be lost anytime. Most of you ask questions like “why website backup is important?”. In simple words, backup WordPress site is as important as your data. In this article, I will be showing you how you can create a backup for your website.

The backup will keep your information and data safe and secure in case of any uncertainty happen. As far as you are online you cannot ensure 100% security and safety, no matter how effective security tools you are using. First, I want to make it clear to you why creating a back up WordPress website is important? After that, I will provide step by step guidelines to create a backup. Backing up a website is easier than you think that even a non-technical person can do it without making any trouble. You can also use automatic website backup provided by many web hosting companies. 

Read this article till the end to get a complete guideline about creating your website backup manually.

What Is Website Backup and Why It Is Important?

A backup of a website is actually a copy of all of your data on the website. What will be included in your backup storage is completely up to you. It can be said that the more data in the data backup, the better.

How often should I backup my website? It is also a common question asked by people. Well, it totally depends on the content management system of your website such as WordPress, where you will need all of the website’s content, files, databases, and media to get it up again if it is lost.

Like backups of computer, the site backups should be done regularly. Resorting a few years sold website would not take more time and effort. 

It is good to perform WordPress database backup weekly or daily basis. Whether you go with weekly or daily based on how frequently you update the website. If you just publish one blog post in a week, the weekly backups will be enough for you. It’s tough to visualize how it feels to lose all of your website’s data until you have experienced it. Nevertheless, it is not a good experience. Significantly, it is something that’s totally avoidable if you take some time to back up your website more often.

Following are some uncertain conditions and backups would save your data whenever they happen.

  • In case of Accidents happen.
  • Computers crash and system failures all the times.
  • You miss a payment or bill.
  • Getting hacked is a harsh truth.
  • Updates can go wrong.

There are many ways you can back up your website. You can either go for a manual backup, use a WordPress Plugin or get backup of your website from hosting provider. 

Methods to Perform Website Backup

Backing Up Website Through cPanel

To do a full cPanel backup, you have to makes a copy of all of your databases, email, files, etc. You must let the backup time to perform. An email is sent by the server to an address you specify when the backup is ready and you can download it. The steps for generating, downloading and restoring a backup are described below in detail. Following are step by step guideline to back up your files and data in the WordPress site.

Generating A Backup 

Following are the steps you have to follow to WordPress backup generation through cPanel.

  • Log in to cPanel of your WordPress account.
  • Click on the Backups icon in the Files section.
  • Click “Generate a Full Website Backup” Under Full Backup.
  • Click on the “Home Directory” from Backup Destination drop-down menu, On next page.
  • For Email Address, select if you receive a notification through email when the backup is complete. (You can change the notification email address in the field.)
  • Click on Generate Backup.

Your website back up will be generated and inside of the home directory, the tar.gz file will be placed. You can also download the backup through FTP, cPanel, or SSH.

Downloading Full Backup 

Once you have generated the backup of your website, the next step is to download the backup. Following are the steps you have to follow to download your backup.

  • Log into cPanel.
  • Click on the Backups icon in the Files section.
  • Click “Generate a Full Website Backup” Under Full Backup.
  • Under Backups Available for Download, click on backup file link you want to download.
  • Select your PC destination where you want to save your website’s backup.

Restoring the Backup

You can restore a full back up through the root user for server. Your full back up will be restored when the back was for a previously existing account on the server and the backup is offered in the home directory of the user.

If you want to restore cPanel yourself and also have root access to the server, the following instructions will show you steps and the prerequisites to do the installation:

  1. cPanel Restore Prerequisites
  2. cPanel Restore with Root Access

Note: It is suggested that this procedure only used for backups generated by account from the same server, on which the backup was generated. If the primary domain or cPanel username is different from those in the backup, there will be errors in the restore which cannot be appropriate for the support of hosting provider.

If both of these two situations are appropriate to restore, your hosting provider will consider this restore as a migration.

cPanel Restore Prerequisites

In order to restore the cPanel, the backup filename must use any of the formats below:

  • cpmove–{USER}.tar
  • {USER}.tar
  • backup-{BACKUP-DATE_TIME}_{USER}.tar
  • cpmove–{USER}
  • cpmove–{USER}.tar.gz
  • {USER}.tar.gz
  • backup-{BACKUP-DATE_TIME}_{USER}.tar.gz

Moreover, the file should reside in one of the locations below:

  • /home
  • /web
  • /home3
  • /usr
  • /usr/home
  • /home2
  • /root

At the time of restore, the file can be chosen from the local file system.

Root Access cPanel Restore 

Customers with Dedicated and VPS Hosting packages.

To begin the cPanel account full restoration process:

As root, log in to WHM.

From the left-hand menu, select Restore a Full Backup File.

Choose either Restore with File-based or Restore with Username, where you have the stored file:

Restore with Username: This choice searches the backup files’ server in the above-listed locations from a file uploaded to the server.

Restore with File: This choice lets you select the right backup file from the local file system.

The choice whether to replace the original IP address of server’s instances with the new address or to replace basic cPanel-provided A records in zone files (both options must be enough if you are not willing to do data migration).

To overwrite the existing user, place a checkmark next to it and let cPanel overwrite the cPanel.

Note: On this server, if you have a different account with the similar cPanel username it will be overwritten, destroying the account’s contents.

Click the Restore.

Once you have clicked the restore button, you process to restore begin. Please understand that the process needs active use of numerous applications, for example, MySQL. Don’t restart or shut down any procedures on the server throughout the restore procedure.

Backup Your Files Using WordPress Plugin

There are many WordPress plugins, you can use to back up your website. Updraftplus is an effective WordPress plugin to back up your website. 

Once you have activated Updraftplus plugin, in your WordPress dashboard, there is a new tab under Settings. The UpdraftPlus offers several backup options, but its significant functions are to see: Backup Now, Clone/Migrate and Restore.

Click on the “Backup Now” option to start a backup. It will show a screen including some settings: whether to add the files and database in backup and the disable the remote storage option. It is recommended to leave the settings as it is and click on the “Backup Now” button.

Wait for a few minutes (based on your site’s size and performance of server), and backup will be ready to download. The next step is to restore your backup that is also pretty easy, you just have to click on Restore and from the list, choose one of the backups.

This complete procedure can be automated, using the Settings tab. You can also set a timetable for backups your database and file, and limit the stored copies any time. This feature stops old backups from consuming a lot of space on cloud storage accounts or your server. You can link UpdraftPlus account to cloud storage from the Settings tab. When you click on this option, the setup instructions will display for that specific platform.

 When you are done with this step, you are ready to proceed. Your website will automatically backup on the timetable you have set, and store its copies on hosting account that you can download easily to local copy store and cloud storage accounts.

Get Website Backup From Hosting Provider

Many of the hosting providing companies offer automatic backups to website, weekly or monthly basis. You can also get automatic backup services from the third party to save your time and efforts. 

Clients with important data or critical business information are encouraged to get a third-party backup service to guard against any unexpected situations. This kind of services offers full control over restore and backup operations, letting the customers modify the procedure to meet their needs. Many leading web hosting providers are in collaboration with the companies offering backup solutions, to offer their clients efficient backup services along with web hosting. Below are some backup services companies, who are in partnership with web hosting providers:

R1Soft: It is a leading commercial backup software that offers reliable and fast backup service solutions. They are offering affordable backup services for both Windows and Linux platforms. It is an effective backup solution provider who protects around 300,000 servers worldwide.

Backup Machine: this feature-rich backup solution used for backing up your website. Get free backups, automated daily database and website backups with Backup Machine.

Dropmysite: it is a bare-bones solution for backup your website, like the others, attaches through downloads and FTP backups. Though, this system not likely to back up the files incrementally; it basically re-downloads the complete website.

Codeguard: it more focuses on their features on malware alerts and detection whenever there is a change in your website, CodeGuard offers automatic and manual backups of the website.

Wrapping Up!

Creating website backups and storing them is the most significant thing you should do for your website management. They would help you to keep your properties protected and offer you peace of mind. Your website’s backing up is an important task that should not be ignored. There are a lot of ways you can perform your web backup. So, no matter what methods you select to back up your website, just do it anyways. Whenever an unfortunate incident happens that puts your website down, we can quickly respond to restore a clean and fresh backup of the website. I think now you are very clear about why you should perform website WordPress backup and restore the files. In this article, I have also provided answers to the most frequently asked question about backup that is “what are the methods to back up a WordPress website?”

You can use a WordPress database backup plugin, such as UpdraftPlus, get automatic backup services from hosting providers or create a manual backup.  I hope the information shared in this article is useful and would help you in future to do website backup. If you still have any question related to website backup, so ask me in the comments section below. Share this post in your circle, if you find it useful and informative. 

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One Comment on “Why Website Backup Is Important? | A Guide to Do Complete Website Backup”

  1. Simply put a website backup is the single greatest insurance plan any website owner can invest in to prevent against disaster. Everyone knows the importance of backing up your computer files, but rarely do they give any credence to making sure their website has backups.

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