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How to Backup a Website

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In order for a website to be completely backed up, all of the files that it contains will need to be copied to a computer other than the server that is hosting it.  Even though the Department of Internet Ministries makes a backup all of these files on the 1st and 14th of each month, we suggest that each webmaster also have a local backup of their website.

Instructions on how to copy all of the a website's files using the free FileZilla FTP program can be found online at -

In these instructions, all of the files of the example site are in a folder called "website".  In our case, the desired target directory to download is the "content" folder.  This folder can be found in your FTP account, in the "web" folder, which is in the folder that is the name of your website address.  For example, if my site is, then all of the files that make up this site can be found in my FTP account at -


It is this "content" folder that you will want to download to your computer.

If your website is maintained with a content management system, such as MODx, WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla, then you will also need to download the database assocaited with your site, since other additional content is stored here.  Instructions on how to do so can be found online at -