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August 16, 2007

3 Ways To Backup Your Website

Data loss is the worst nightmare of people who own precious computer files, whether he is a website administrator or just a simple e-mail user. Sometimes, just one wrong push of a button can make all your files instantly vanish without a trace. Unless you have a magic wand that can make those files reappear, regular backing up of files is really a must. This duty of saving data to another storage device should be the routine of all webmasters. Having a backup of all your website files is extremely important because it gives you peace of mind in case accidental loss of data occurs.

Backup simply refers to a copy of existing files on a separate storage device to preserve data in case the original has been damaged or deleted. You need a duplicate of all your files so that if your hosting company suddenly shuts down or closes your account, your data is still safe and secure. Even if you have a reliable web host, there is also a need for you to backup because computer systems can be so unpredictable. One time their servers have your files and the next time, they are gone.

So, if you are really serious about keeping your website alive, don’t take for granted the importance of having a backup. It is 100% possible, easy, and you can even do it in a number of ways.

1. Backing Up With cPanel

Every time you log in to your hosting account, you are usually greeted by a page-like interface that contains all tools you need to manage your website. This web-based interface is called a control panel. Now, there is a special kind of control panel called cPanel. It is currently the most preferred web based control panel today because of the utmost convenience it offers.

To perform full backup using cPanel, you just have to find and click the Backup icon on the main interface. Find Generate / Download a Full Backup and click again. Go to the Home Directory in Backup Destination and supply an authentic email address, no need to fill in the other fields. After that, select Generate Backup. When you successfully managed to do all of these, all you have to is wait for the e-mail that tells you that all your files are ready for FTP download. You can either save the entire file in your own hard drive or in another server if you have one.

2. Backing Up Using Online Storage

Your server is already an online storage, but if you want to be more secure about your files, get another. If you have the money, you can always buy an additional hosting plan, maybe just a basic one. However, this is not a good option for those who have limited financial resources. If you are one these people, sign up to a free online storage service instead. This option, however, is only recommended to owners of personal websites that do not have too much files.

3. Backing Up Databases Using phpMyAdmin

Databases are the most common repository of important records. If you are running MySQL, the most widely used database program today, it is most likely that you have phpMyAdmin. A tool written in the php programming language, phpMyAdmin is used to effectively manage your MySQL database.

To make a backup of your database content, just log-in to your phpMyAdmin account. On the main interface, you will see the Export link. Click it. You will then be taken to the list of all your databases. If you want to save them all, just click the “Select All” option. Tick the Save As check box and click Go. A pop-up window will appear. It will prompt you to provide a name for the backup file and the location where you would like to put it. Click OK. Congratulations! You already have backup copy of your database!

Author:  Max Adams is the owner of Web Hosting Daily ( Our duty is to find you a web host that offers maximum security, reliability, and stability at a price that will surely fit your budget.