InMotion offers multiple web hosting services that are perfect for individual or business websites. However, most business website owners purchase the power package since it includes not only website monitoring but also allows backups of the website’s databases. This is aside from the basic package, which include:
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
The power package is considered to be more effective for individual and business websites that have multiple:
- Flash applications
The InMotion web host provider offers three different ways to backup the contents of the website, which are through:
- A partial cPanel backup
- A full cPanel backup
- A database backup in phpMyAdmin
A partial cPanel backup creates a duplicate of email and general files of the website while a full cPanel backup copies the entire information and databases included in the website owner’s account. One other option is to backup in phpMyAdmin but this is normally limited to relevant databases and not the entire information included in the InMotion account.
The main problem with using the built-in backup tools is that the business website owner will have to do the backup manually from cPanel. However, the better alternative is to backup the entire information of the business website to the website owner’s personal computer by making use of a FTP backup. The reasoning behind this alternative backup is to preserve the integrity of the databases as well as other relevant information before making changes to the webhost provider’s server files. This is done so that the important files can be easily recovered without resorting to using expensive data recovery services.
How to do Backups under InMotion
Most web host providers advice new and existing website owners to regularly backup the contents of their websites. The easiest way is to use the built-in backup tool in cPanel to make a backup of the website. The cPanel backup tool will create a compressed zip file, which can be downloaded to the website owner’s personal computer. The reason for the downloading step is that InMotion does not allow the backup to be stored in the server since these are normally used to store the current information of the website.
The additional reason for limiting the use of the webhost server as an information backup storage is that backup files are normally of a significant size. The space that will be consumed by the backup file can be better used by the business website or other websites. The most recommended backup option is a full backup since every information within the website will have a secondary copy stored by the website owner and includes emails, databases, and files. Unfortunately for website owners, doing a full backup will take up a lot of valuable time especially when there are a lot of information that needs to be copied.
The initial step is to login into the cPanel account and then to find the “Backup Wizard” icon. This is normally located under the “Files” section within the cPanel account. Then the next step is to choose the Backup button, and then a choice between “Full” or “Partial Backup” will be given. Choosing either of the alternatives will result in a new screen where the next question is where InMotion will store the backup files.
The best choice is to click the “home” directory so that the business website owner does not have to exhaustively look for it in the various subdirectories of the cPanel account. The purpose of this is so that the website owner can transfer the file from the server to the owner’s personal computer. A notification will be opened when the backup process is completed and this can be directly sent to the owner’s personal email address. The last step is to “Generate Backup”.