These hosts, and many more, use a popular control panel software called cPanel. See the screenshot below for an example of BlueHost’s cPanel.
Built in to cPanel is an easy-to-use backup software. With it, you can make a backup of your entire server, as well as restore from that backup.
Why You Should Use the cPanel Backup Software
Here are a few reasons you want to use the cPanel backup software.
1. Backup All Sites at Once
Every time you add a WordPress site to your server, you need to install and configure your backup plugin.
With the cPanel backup, all your sites are backed up together.
2. Backup WordPress and More
One limitation of a WordPress backup plugin is that it only backs up your WordPress site.
If you run a website with other software, such as a forum or custom applications, your WordPress backup won’t back these up. The cPanel software will.
3. Backup Your Entire Server
Finally, your server not only consists of your website, but also of email addresses, settings, and more. WordPress backup plugins don’t back any of these up.
The cPanel backup includes these in the backup.
Why You Still Need a WordPress Backup Plugin
Sounds great. But as I said in the beginning, you still need a WordPress backup plugin. Here’s why you shouldn’t ditch your plugin just yet.
1. Backups Are Stored On Your Server
Your backup files are usually stored on the same server as your website.
So, let’s say that your entire server crashes and files are lost. Your backup files will be lost as well.
Most WordPress backup plugins keep your files on a remote storage service. So if your server goes down, your backup files are safe.
2. Can’t Restore Individual Files
The cPanel software usually lets you download one file that contains your entire server.
And to restore a backup, you need to restore your entire server.
If you want to restore just one website, or maybe even just one file, you can’t do that with the cPanel backup.
3. Not All Hosts offer Automatic Backups
The cPanel backup will do automated backups on some hosts, but on others, it only offers manual backups. Which can be a pain to remember to do.
Enhanced cPanel Backup
Some hosting companies like BlueHost offer an enhanced version of the cPanel backup software.
For instnace, on BlueHost, you can pay $19.99 a year and have the ability to restore specific files or folders.
How to Back Up Your Server with cPanel Backup
Here are links to some tutorials from the more popular hosting companies on how to use their cPanel backup: