How to backup Joomla! manually?

To make a Joomla backup of your website manually, you need to create two archives – Joomla Files Backup and Joomla database backup. Follow this tutorial and get detailed instructions on how to make full Joomla backup of the website manually.


Tutorial sections:


We recommend you to create backups of your Joomla website as often as possible.

Section 1: Joomla files backup

The most efficient way to make Joomla files backup is to compress them into a single ZIP file through the File manager in cPanel. To do this follow steps bellow:

Step 1:

Enter the cPanel of your Joomla website and find File manager.

How to backup Joomla! manually? File manager

Step 2:

Go to the main folder of your Joomla website, select all files and press the Compress button.

How to backup Joomla! manually? Compress

Step 3:

After previous step you will see the window popup with all selected files and folders, press on Compress File(s) button and the File Manager will create Joomla files backup.

How to backup Joomla! manually? Compress Files

Step 4:

After you have created Joomla files backup it will be located in your website main folder, just right click on it and press download.

How to backup Joomla! manually? Finish

Section 2: Joomla database backup

There are some ways to create a Joomla database backup, but we will discus the most popular way, through phpMyAdmin. Follow steps bellow and make Joomla database backup easialy.

Step 1:

To start making your Joomla databse backup log into your website cPanel and in the Databases section find phpMyAdmin tool.

How to backup Joomla! manually? phpMyAdmin

Step 2:

Go to Databases section and choose Joomla database for what you need to create the backup.

How to backup Joomla! manually? Menu

Step 3:

After you have selected Joomla database press Export button at the top menu of phpMyAdmin and start creating Joomla database backup.

How to backup Joomla! manually? Export

Step 4:

Do not change deafult options and press Go button.

How to backup Joomla! manually? Finish

That's it! After you click the Go button the phpMyAdmin will create Joomla database backup and automatically start downloading it on your local computer.


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