Backups

cPanel offers a number of options for backups, we'll cover them here & make some recommendations.

We backup your content

Fused has nightly backups of 100% of the content we host, however, these are not to be relied on in an emergency. They're incremental as they run each night at a specific time, any data created between those periods can be lost in the event of an emergency. Backup your account whenever you make any significant change that you'd regret losing.

We'd recommend you follow the 3-2-1 backup methodology: At least three copies of your data, two local & at least one offsite. We've got one of those covered, but recommend you have a frequent copy on your local computer as well as cloud service (dropbox, box, google drive, backblaze, et tal.)

Use installatron

For software installations like WordPress, make sure you're using installatron to take advantage of its automatic security updates and backups. You can review more on our Installatron documentation.

Backup options within cPanel

In the backup interface within cPanel, you'll see a number backup options available, sorted below by most important -> least important:

Full Account backups

Full account backups contain all of your hosting account related data including databases, email accounts (& emails), website content, cron jobs, ssh keys, cPanel preferences & 100% of logs. Note that full account backups are generally for best for archival purposes & emergency restoral storage. The other options below are better for periodic backups.

Fused team member required

Full account backups are only restorable by a Fused team member. If you're looking to take backups for easy restoration, use the home directory & MySQL Database Backup options instead.

Home Directory Backup

Home directory backups contain only your files, including email, website content, cron jobs, ssh keys, cPanel preferences & 100% of your logs. These types of backups, coupled with any mysql database backups (discussed below) are often the best type of backups to use.

MySQL Database Backup

MySQL database backups are extremely useful, in that you can download / restore them promptly. We recommend taking them prior to any significant site changes as well as afterwards. Remember to always store them in a safe place as they can contain immense amounts of security conscious data related to your site(s), including usernames/passwords.

Email Forwarders

These backups contain a list of your email forwarders (aliases) per domain.

Email Filters

These backups contain a list of any global / per user spam filters you've configured for your account.

Generating a backup of your content

Using cPanel to backup your content

To generate a full backup of your web hosting account data, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to cPanel
  2. Navigate to the backup page. From there, you have the option to select what type of backup you prefer.
  3. Select the preferred backup type & save this file in a few safe locations.

Restoring backups

Before restoring...

Before restoring any backups, take a backup of the content you're going to restore. It may prove useful if things fail during the process. A backup restore will completely overwrite the content you're restoring.

  1. Login to cPanel
  2. Navigate to the backup page.
  3. Backup the content you're about to overwrite.
  4. Next to the relevant Restore next to the relevant type of backup you're restoring, select upload.
  5. Select the relevant file you're restoring on your local computer.
  6. Hit upload, and the process should commence. Anything go awry? Get in touch!