Today I’ve been backing up some of my cpanel accounts. It seems like a simple task, but can be really confusing.
It’s a smart idea to back up your mysql databases, php scripts, and domain settings of your cpanel accounts. To do this, cpanel has a built in function called the “backup wizard.” To activate the wizard, simply log into your cpanel account and click “Backup Wizard.”
The wizard gives you a few options, but the only one that makes sense to me was the Full Backup that backs up your databases, scripts, and domains to a .tar.gz file. The cpanel backup script will notify you via email when it has backed your account up.
Once the account backup is complete, simply FTP into your account and download your .tar.gz backup.
If you want to restore your backup onto a new server, you’ll need to have the server administrator restore the backup via WHM. Cpanel can not restore full account backups (seems silly, but that’s how it works.)