Backup Websites on BlueHost

In this tutorial we will learn how to back up your websites hosted on Bluehost.

We all back up our sites regularly to avoid loss of data due to various reasons. Have I assumed all of us do that? Well if you don’t then you are in for a shock any time. So get into a habit of backing up your data regularly.

The Backups feature in Bluehost allows you to download a compressed file of the backup on your local computer. It is quite simple and easy to use. You can choose to have a full backup or a partial backup. Depending upon the kind of backup you choose, the compressed file will contain all or few of these files – Website Home Directory, Databases, Email Forwarders Configuration and Email Filters Configuration. It is not as difficult as it sounds, actually it is pretty simple. And that’s what I am going to show you here.

Log in to the ‘Bluehost cPanel’ and scroll down to the Files section.

Backup Options on Bluehost

 Now we have two Backup options here, Backups and Backup Wizard. Let us take a look at each one individually.

The Backups option:

1. Choose the ‘Backups’ option in the cPanel.

2. Click on the dated button to begin the entire system backup and download it to your local computer.

Full Backup

Else scroll down, over to the ‘Partial Backups’ section and download MySQL database, Email Forwarders or Email Filter settings file.

Partial Backups

3. Save the file to your hard drive.

The Backup Wizard option:

1. Click the ‘Backup Wizard’ option in the cPanel.

2. Read the information carefully and click on the ‘Backup’ button.

Backup Wizard 1

3. The next screen will give you an option for Full or Partial backup. Choose the right backup option.

Backup Wizard 2

4. Check the ‘Backup Destination’ and ‘Email Address’. The email address is where you will be notified when the backup is completed.

Backup Wizard 3

5. Once you receive the email, check the path where the Backup file is saved on the Bluehost server. Go to the path, download the zipped file and save it to your hard drive. This file is in ‘.tar.gz’ format (a GZIP archive file that contains a TAR archive file) and can be uncompressed by common compression utilities.

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About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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