How to download a home directory backup

Backups are very important part of maintaining a website. It is important to backup your files on a week to week or month to month basis. A home directory backup will backup all of the files in your home directory. This can be useful to backup the files of your site. However, it will not backup DNS, MySQL, or other system files and settings.

1. Click Backups
2. Click Download a home directory backup
3. Click save as
4. Select a desstination for where you would like the back up to locally be saved to.
5. Click Save
The backup will start downloading to the destination you have chossen. The backup file will be in a .tar.gz file which can be opened with any linux command line. Also, you can unzip this file from a windows based machine if you have the appropriate software. I recommend “warar”. You can download a copy of it at:

How to generate/download a full backup

A full backup is a backup of all of your files, e-mail, databases, etc.. To run a full backup, you can not download the full backup right away. The backup takes time to perform and the server will send you an email once the backup is ready to download. Below are steps to requesting the backup to be performed.

1. Click Backups
2. Click Generate/ Download Full Backup
3. In the drop down menu ,to the right of Backup Destination Select Home Directory
4. In the box to the right of Email Address, Type the email address you would like to use, to receive an email to notify you once the back up is done.
5. Leave the rest of the settings blank unless you plan to back up to a remote location
6. Click Generate back up.
7. This will generate the back up for you and place the TAR.GZ file inside of your “Home” Directory
8. You can now download the backup via cpanel / FTP/ or SSH

If you would like to download the backup from cPanel (easiest way), please do the following:

1. Click Backups
2. Click Generate/Download a Full Backup
3. Click the link with the file name of the backup on the left.
4. It will then start to download.
5. Select a destination on your pc for where you would like to save it to.
6. Click Save

You have now just saved a full backup to your pc.