Using a major hosting provider such as HostGator may give you a certain sense of security; a large Web host will make every effort possible to make sure its servers aren’t vulnerable to hacking, and you can be reasonably certain that the host won’t suddenly drop offline and take your content with it. However, unauthorized entry can and does happen, as evidenced by the recent Timthumb vulnerability in WordPress. While HostGator does back up your account weekly unless you have a dedicated server, you will be charged $15 if you ever have to ask HostGator to restore that backup for you. If you have your own backup, there is no fee. Backing up your HostGator account is easy, and having your data in more than one location is simply a good security practice. So, let’s get started.
HostGator creates a zipped file containing all of the data on your server. This usually takes around a half hour, and you’ll see a message in your email letting you know when the backup is ready to download. You can download it in your browser by returning to the Backups screen in cPanel, or you can log in to your server and download it from the root directory with an FTP client.