Softaculous: Backup/Restore

The Softaculous autoinstaller provides you with another great feature - the ability to backup and restore your sites with a single click. In this tutorial we will show you how to perform a complete backup of your site, installed via Softaculous, and then how to restore it if required.

How to Backup your site with Softaculous

To create a backup of your website, first you need to locate the installed application within the Softaculous page. To do this click on the "All Installations" button at the top right corner of the screen.

On the next page, browse through your installation to find the application you would like to have backed up. Then, click on the "Backup" button next to it.

Now, check both "Backup Directory" and "Backup Database" to make sure Softaculous will backup your website completely. Then hit the "Backup Installation" button at the bottom of the page.

Allow the process few minutes to complete. During the backup creation, please do not close or refresh this page. Once everything is done, you will receive a message that the backup has been created successfully. Note that Softaculous displays conveniently a link, pointing to the Backups page. Click on it to proceed.

On the Backups page, you will see a list of all backups you have created previously. Next to each one of them, there are links for Download and Restoration. Click on the Download link and save the archive of your website locally. That's it! You now have a complete backup of your website that you can use in case something goes wrong with it!

How to Restore your site with Softaculous

To restore your website from a Softaculous backup, first click the "Backups & Restore" button in the top right part of the page.

Now, find the backup you want to restore your site from, and click the "Restore" button next to it.

On this screen be sure to put a check on both "Restore Directory" and "Restore Database" checkboxes in order to make sure you will restore your site completely. Finally, click on the "Restore Installation" button to complete the process. Please do not close or refresh your browser tab until the restoration process is finished.

Finally, you will see a screen, confirming that the restoration is successful.

That's it! You have fully restored your website from your Softaculous backup.

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