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How to Upload Backups With FTP or Filemanager (Uploading a Backup)?
How to Upload Backups With FTP or Filemanager (Uploading a Backup)?
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Creating a backup of your website is an essential precaution, but knowing how to restore or upload that backup is equally crucial. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and built-in Filemanagers like cPanel's File Manager are two commonly used tools for this task. This guide explores the step-by-step process of uploading your website's backup using both methods.

Website backups act as a safety net, ensuring that your data can be restored in the event of a mishap. Whether it's server failure, hacking attempts, or simple human error, having a backup is a sigh of relief. However, the knowledge of uploading these backups properly ensures data integrity and seamless recovery. Through this article, we aim to demystify the process, catering to both technical experts and beginners. Rapyd's dedication to comprehensive support shines through, providing a straightforward guide to restore your site to its former glory with ease.

Introduction to Uploading Backups:

Website backups, whether manual or automated, serve as a snapshot of your site at a particular moment. When the need arises, uploading these backups correctly becomes pivotal for recovery.

Understanding FTP and Filemanager Tools:

FTP, a protocol for transferring files between computers on a network, requires specific software like FileZilla or Cyberduck. On the other hand, Filemanager tools, often bundled with hosting services like cPanel, provide a web-based interface for file management.

Uploading Backups Using FTP

To restore a backup via FTP:

  1. Launch your FTP client and connect to your server using the provided credentials.

  2. Navigate to the desired directory where the backup should be uploaded.

  3. Locate the backup file on your local machine within the FTP client.

  4. Drag and drop (or use the upload option) to transfer the backup to your server.

  5. Ensure the transfer completes successfully.

Uploading Backups Using Filemanager:

For those using a hosting service's Filemanager:

  1. Log into your hosting dashboard and access the File Manager.

  2. Navigate to the directory where you wish to upload the backup.

  3. Use the 'Upload' button or option, then select the backup file from your local device.

  4. Wait for the upload to complete, ensuring no interruptions.

Tips and Best Practices:

Restoring from backups is a sensitive task:

  1. Always verify the integrity of backup files before uploading.

  2. Avoid overwriting live data unless you're certain about the restoration.

  3. If unsure, consult with your hosting provider or seek expert advice.

  4. Regularly test backup files to ensure they're functional.


The security and stability of a website rest heavily on regular backups and their proper restoration. Equipped with the knowledge of how to upload these backups using FTP or Filemanager, website administrators can navigate disruptions with confidence. Ensuring seamless uploads and adhering to best practices not only safeguards data but also strengthens a site's resilience against unforeseen challenges. This article serves as a beacon, guiding you through the nuances of backup uploads, underlining Rapyd's commitment to robust website management.

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