Manually backing up a hosted web site

Ideally all data associated with a web hosting account is being backed up automatically and often. Sometimes, however, you will want to manually back up some or all of the data. …

In Pair's Account Control Center (ACC) go to File Management – Back Up Your Data. Choose tgz as the compression method. Then select a directory to back up:

  • Home (configuration data) – /usr/home/sherid – Wise to backup
  • Web (Apache docroot) – /usr/www/users/sherid – Rarely needed
  • Logs (Apache logs) – /usr/home/sherid/www_logs – Rarely needed
  • Mailboxes – /usr/boxes/sherid – Sometimes needed

Repeat this step to back up other directories as needed.

Regarding the Apache docroot, you should already have a backup of this. For a static site, the copy on your development workstation constitute a backup. And for a dynamic site, you should already have a CMS-specific backup system in place.

Backups are saved in the account's backup directory, /usr/home/USER/backup.

If you have one or more databases, you can back them up in the ACC at Database Management – Manage Your Databases. Select a database, press "Create Backup", and enter your database user's password when prompted. Database backups are saved in the backup directory.

Recall that some CMS-specific backup solutions automatically backup the database, making manual backups unnecessary.

In cPanel go to Files – Backups – Generate a Full Backup. Choose the backup destination (e.g. "Home Directory") and enter the email you wish a confirmation email to be sent to. Press "Generate Backup". Your backup will be saved to the account root directory.


About Warren Post

So far: Customer support guy, jungle guide, IT consultant, beach bum, entrepreneur, teacher, diplomat, over-enthusiastic cyclist. Tomorrow: who knows?
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