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Switching Web Hosts – The Full cPanel Backup

Switching Web Hosting Companies?

1. Create a full cPanel backup from your old web hosting account.
2. Provide the backup to your new web host to restore on your new account.

Switching web hosting companies is not something you want to be doing frequently as it can require a lot of work. Depending on how large your website is, it could take a few minutes to a few hours to move a complete website from one web hosting company to another. If you have a WordPress blog, you may be able to move it easily by using a dedicated plug-in. However for integrated websites that use cPanel for a control panel, you may want to use the powerful cPanel migration wizard that is in your control panel.

The cPanel Backup Wizard is a quick and easy way to create a full backup or partial backup of your website. Additionally, you will also be able to restore parts of your website using this user-friendly feature in the control panel. Creating a full backup of your website is quick and easy if you follow the steps below.

  1. Once you login to cPanel, you should look for and select ‘Backup’.
    Full cPanel Backup
  2. When the second page loads, you need to select the Full Backup option.
    Full Backup Website
  3. You will be offered three ways in which you can get your backup file. You can either have it stored on the server in the home directory, or you can download it from the wizard or you can provide FTP information for another server for the wizard to save the backup on.
    Generate Full cPanel Backup
  4. When the backup becomes available for download, you can download the file and use it to restore at a later time, or you can use it to move your website.

When changing web hosts, some companies actually prefer that you provide them with a complete cPanel backup of your website, as it makes it easier to restore the whole site. In the event that you have databases and website content for your site, you don’t want to be doing things individually. With the cPanel backup wizard, you can quickly move one site from one server to another. All you have to do is download your backup and send it to your new hosting company and wait till they restore it for you on your new hosting account.

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