For most small business websites, there’s a really easy way you can make a complete back-up copy of your entire website and store it on your local hard drive. Even if your web host is doing their own back-ups, it’s a good idea for you to keep your own.
The back-up that we’re creating in this tutorial is intended for disaster recovery. So if, for whatever reason, your website goes irrevocably down, this back-up file can be used to get you quickly up and running again.
The nice thing about this backup method is if you’re running a more sophisticated site (like a Joomla or WordPress site), this backup includes your database files too!
In order to do this back-up technique, you’ll need:
(If your webhost doesn't run cPanel, you may need to find a better host!)
Firstly, you can tell if you are using cPanel web hosting if you get a login screen when you type in: www.typeyourdomainhere.com/cpanel
When you log into cPanel, you should see an area on the left of the screen that will show you how much disk space you have used and how much you have left:
You want to make sure that the disk space used (83.7 MB in the above screen shot) is less than half of your total disk space (400 MB in the above screen shot).
If you don`t have enough disk space, you need to talk to your web host to get that increased. As a general rule, you want to have at least 3 times as much disk space as you`re using.
Once you’re logged in, you will see a screen with many choices. (note: the screen shots in this tutorial may appear different than what you see because there are different cPanel themes with different icons and layouts).
You want to look for the icon that says Backup Wizard: