How to manually backup WordPress using cPanel

Tips and Guides/ 12th Oct 2016/Will Cook-Martin


Last week we discussed some WordPress security tips. A backup system should form part of any WordPress security strategy you have in place, so that if anything unfortunate happens, you can restore a previous version quickly.

Whilst you should have an automated WordPress backup solution in place, having multiple backup systems is something we strongly recommend. This way if one of your backup solutions fails, you have a secondary backup system to call upon.

The guide below details how to manually backup WordPress using cPanel

Login to your cPanel account

Navigate to your login page for cPanel. This is normally your domain name or IP address followed by /cpanel




Under the files section, click on the backup Wizard Icon



Click on the “Backup” button



Under the “Select Partial Backup” header, click on the “Home Directory” link



Click on the “Home Directory” button to download a compressed copy of your home directory.

Depending upon the size of your site, this may take a little while



Now that you have a copy of your home directory on your local machine, the next step is to download a copy of your WordPress database

First click on the “Go Back” link to get to the previous page



Under the “Select Partial Backup” header, click on the “MySQL Databases” link



Finally, click on the link for your WordPress database, to download a copy to your local machine.



Now that you have a local copy of your WordPress files, we recommend that you archive them in a suitable location.

You may even want to upload them to an offsite data storage provider such as Dropbox


If you’ve followed all the steps in the guide, you will now have a copy of your WordPress files and database.

Next week we’ll discuss how you can restore these files using cPanel

cPanel is available on all our packages. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch.

Will's our technical sales guy from the hills of Rossendale. A follower of Stoke City, father to Eddie, husband to Catherine and a fan of gadgets - oh and he's recently mastered the art of really slow DIY.
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