In this tutorial we will show you how to take a full backup of everything in your CPanel account. This will make a zipped archive of your files, databases, email, and much more. The process is not only one of the easiest tasks to complete as a webmaster, but it is also one of the most important.

Step 1

Click on the Backup Wizard icon under the Files section of CPanel.

Step 2

Click the Backup button on the left.

Step 3

Click Full Backup

[info color=”light” ]Note: You can download individual backups from this same location, such as your Home Directory, MySQL Databases, and Email Forwarders and Filters.[/info]

Step 4

Choose a destination to store the backup file. The easiest will be to store in the Home Directory. You may also store using an FTP backup site.

A notification email will be sent to alert you when the process is complete. To receive a notification, enter an email address. If you would not like to receive a notification, you can select “Do not send email notification of backup completion.”

Hit Generate Backup

Once the backup is complete, you will have a link on this same page. You can refresh the page every so often or come back to it later. If you have chosen to receive a notification, CPanel will send you an email to let you know when you are able to download the file.

Clean up

After downloading the file to your computer and storing it in a safe location, such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive or another off site storage method, you will need to go back and remove the file from your hosting account. The file will remain until it is removed.

To remove the file, click on File Manager in CPanel.

Next, select Home Directory from the popup menu. If the menu does not appear, click the Home link on your File Manager page (this usually appears below the Delete option).

Scroll down the main section of the page until you find your backup file. It will usually have a name similar to this: backup-1.6.2015_00-52-00_username.tar.gz . It will also have a permissions number of 600. Below is an example of what to expect to see.

A CPanel backup file will look similar to this. Instead of saying ‘username’, it will have your actual CPanel username.


Right click on this file and choose Delete. Confirm the request to delete by clicking Delete Files. This will remove the backup from the server.

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