How to Download Your WordPress Website from cPanel
Do you want to download your WordPress website? You can use the free tool provided by cPanel to easily download your entire website, including all of its content, settings, and plugins. In this article, you will learn exactly how to use this tool to efficiently download your entire WordPress website, including all of its content, settings, and plugins.
Step 1: Navigate to the Download Site
Head over to your cPanel account’s downloads section, and from there, you can access the tool that you need to download your WordPress website. To use this tool, make sure that you have downloaded the WordPress software, and that its database is set up correctly. To do this, visit the cPanel homepage, and click on the Downloads & Installations tab. This will take you to the downloads section of cPanel, as shown in the screenshot below.
Once you’re there, you will see a list of all of the software and websites that you have installed on your cPanel account, as well as a list of recommended WordPress plugins. You can use this list to easily browse for the WordPress downloads that you need. If you have more than one cPanel account, be sure to log into the one that you need to use for this tutorial, as the download site is only available within cPanel.
Step 2: Select the WordPress Website that you want to download
You will find a list of all of the websites that you have installed on your account. To the left of the site’s link, you will see a small X to the right of the link. Hover your cursor over this link until a menu drops down, as shown in the screenshot below.
From this menu, you can choose to download all of the files associated with the site, as well as the database. By default, all of the files and folders will be saved to your computer’s Downloads folder. However, you can change this folder to another location if you want to. To do this, click on the X to the right of the site’s link, and a new window will open. In this window, find the Downloads folder, and click on it to change the location of the files.
If you want to download only the WordPress software, make sure that you click on the Download button instead of the X . Doing this will only download the WordPress software to your computer. The plugin and theme downloads are not affected, and will still be downloaded within the Downloads folder.
Step 3: Enter the download’s URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
When you download the WordPress software, it will come with a.ZIP file. This is a common compression format that helps save space when you’re downloading large files. To download your WordPress website’s files, enter the URL of the folder that you want to download in the form of http://yourdomain.com/folder/ where yourdomain.com is your actual domain name and folder is the name of the folder within your WordPress website’s folder. For example, if your WordPress website’s folder is /home/john/public_html/ then the URL of the folder that you want to download is http://yourdomain.com/home/john/public_html/folder/.
Make sure to replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name. This will help ensure that the URL is correctly formatted and allows you to successfully download your site.
Step 4: Review the files that will be downloaded
Before you start downloading your files, you must review them to ensure that you are not downloading any malware. While this might seem like a risky step, it is quite the opposite. When you are using a trusted tool to download your files, it is very safe. However, it is still good practice to scan your download for viruses before you start using them.
If you have more than one cPanel account, you must log into the one that you need to use for this tutorial. The scan will only be performed within the Downloads folder of that account. Reviewing your files before you start using them ensures that you do not accidentally download any malware or spyware. This is extremely important, as it could potentially ruin your whole website if you do.
Step 5: Start downloading your files
To start the process of downloading your files, click on the Start button . This will start the download of all of the files in your selected folder. When this is finished, a dialog will confirm that all of your files have been successfully downloaded to your computer. You can find these files in the Downloads folder.
Step 6: Clean out the downloads folder
Once you’ve downloaded all of the files associated with your WordPress website, you can clean out the Downloads folder. To do this, open up your Favorites folder in Windows Explorer, and delete all of the files that you no longer need. Then, empty the Trash folder, as well as the Recycle Bin if necessary. Once these are empty, you can safely close all of your windows and files related to WordPress.
You are now ready to upload all of these files to a new location on your hard drive. Be sure to back up your site before you do this, just in case something goes wrong. Then, restored your backups and reestablished your site from scratch.
Keep your backups for references
You can always find many helpful tutorials and articles on the Internet that can help you establish a new site, or fix one that you’ve already created. This is why it’s important to keep your backups for references. If you ever need to recover from something, you can always refer back to what you’ve done before. In most cases, establishing a new site from scratch is not that difficult. However, if you’ve already got a site with content and users, then it can be a bit more complicated. This is why it’s important to keep backups for references.
Even though you’ve done a lot, a lot can still go wrong. Be sure to save all of your work before you start making changes. Then, if you do make a mistake, you’ll be able to easily fix it. Backups are very important for this reason, as they will save you a lot of hassle if anything goes wrong. Without them, you’d be stuck figuring out what happened, and trying to sort things out manually. This can be a very frustrating process, as you’re sure to make several errors before you get everything working properly. Backups will help save you a great deal of time, and ensure that your site works the way you want it to. You can view this article to learn more about creating automated backups with WordPress.
Once you’ve successfully downloaded and installed WordPress, you can use the following steps to configure your site and get it live:
- Visit the WordPress homepage, and click on the Get a Plugin button to add new plugins to your site.
- Go to the Plugins > Installed plugins tab, and use the Find a Plugin button to locate the Downloads folder.
- Copy all of the contents of the Downloads folder into your wphome/plugins folder.
- Use the Plugins > Activated plugins tab to confirm that your plugins are installed and activated.
- Use the Appearance > Themes > Preview button to preview the available themes for your site.
- Choose a theme that you like, and click on the Activate button to activate it.
- Use the Appearance > Themes > Options button to configure the theme for your site.
- Use the General tab to review your site’s settings.
- Use the Contact us button to submit a question to the cPanel forum.