How to create full and partial backup files with cPanel’s Backup Tool

Performing regular backups of the data stored on your server is a vital task that helps to ensure business or operational continuity in case of administration errors or other catastrophic issues.

The cPanel Backup tool compresses the files, database, email forwarders, and filters stored on your server into a compressed file that you can download and store locally and offsite for optimum protection.

To get started, log in to the HostPapa Dashboard and select My cPanel from the top navigation menu. In the cPanel menu, select Backup Wizard, from the Files section.


The Backup Wizard can be used to launch a backup of your data, or restore files from an existing backup.

Backup Wizard

Click the Back Up button to proceed.

Backup Wizard Options

You’re presented with options to create a Full Backup, an archive of all the files and configurations on your website, or a Partial Backup. Under Partial Backup, click one of the buttons displayed to back up your Home Directory, MySQL Databases, or E-mail Forwarders and Filters.

If you choose a full backup, use the dropdown menu to select a storage location on your server for the compressed file and enter an email address to receive a notification when the backup is complete.

Full backup

For partial backups, you should be able to download the backup file immediately.

Partial backup

Once downloaded, retain the backup file in its compressed state, in case you need to restore data from the file in the future.

If you notice any problems or if you need any help, please open a new support ticket from your HostPapa Dashboard. More details on how to open a support ticket can be found here.

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