Guide to Perform a Full cPanel Backup

Performing regular website backups can be a ‘life-saving’ exercise. It will ensure that all of your hard work is not lost in case you run into major issues with your site. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to perform a full website backup using the cPanel.

Performing a full cPanel backup

(1) The first thing that you’ll need to do is to log into your cPanel. Depending on your web hosting provider, your cPanel may look slightly different, but the principles to perform a full cPanel backup should be the same.

(2) Once you logged into your cPanel, look for the cPanel backup icon (usually located under the backup section):


cPanel backup


(3) Press on the “Download a Full Website Backup”


Download a Full Website Backup


(4) You should now have the option to choose the location where the backup file will be stored.

Here, I chose to store the backup file under the “Home Directory.” In the following steps, I’ll demonstrate how you can access this directory and download the backup file.

In addition, you also have the option to receive an email notification once the backup is completed. If you desire to receive an email notification, then type your email address in the highlighted section below. You may wish to check your Spam folder in case that the email notification was sent to that folder.

Finally, press on the “Generate Backup” button in order to proceed with the full cPanel backup:


Full Website Backup - Home Directory


(5) Once the backup is completed, you can then view and/or download the backup file at the Home Directory.

In order to access the Home Directory, press on the “File Manager” icon in your cPanel:


File Manager - cPanel


(6) Now, select the “Home Directory” option/folder and then press Go:


Full Website Backup - Home Directory


(7) You should now see your backup file under the Home Directory folder:



(8) You can choose to download the backup file at any point in time by selecting the backup file, and then pressing on the “Download” option:


Download website backup


Please note that generating multiple backup files, and then storing them in your Home Directory, may take up a lot of storage space.

Most hosting providers limit the amount of storage space that you can have for your website.

As you start running out of space, you may want to revisit your Home Directory and delete older backup files which are no longer needed…

You may also want to check this article that explains how to migrate your WordPress website to a new host.