Hostgator Backup: Internal Backup Policy vs External Software

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Hostgator backup can be performed either through the hosting own backup tool or via the external software. Hostgator backing up and restoration tool is highly specialized, linked tightly to the options and functions of Hostgator. External software is more flexible, however.

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To backup Hostgator content, you may just use the “Backup” option located on Hostgator control panel. To move, archive or mirror Hostgator hosting, it seems much more reasonable to save a copy of Hostgator data using third-party backup solution, like Handy Backup.

Internal Hostgator Backup Script

The tool that allows Hostgator backup site content is a straightforward backup utility. It makes a copy of all site content (including backup for MySQL databases) and places it either on the server storage or allows downloading the backup files.

Hostgator automatic backup performs on a regular internal basis without any intervention of users. Planned Hostgator daily backup or emergency saving can be scheduled or controlled manually via the standard cPanel control options.

Principal Restrictions

Built-in Hostgator backup has some restrictions. The first of these restrictions is the maximal backup data size of no more than 20 Gb. The second is the lack of user-performed backups for accounts of more than 4 Gb size. The last is the restricted user control.

These restrictions can be negligible when matters touches the Hostgator automated backup only. Therefore, for the planned business-level backup strategy including Web hosting backup as only part of overall backup activity, it can be the unacceptable.

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Handy Backup as External HostGator Backup Tool

Handy Backup allows backup Hostgator sites via the “FTP” or specialized “Hosting” option. The latter option tries to set up FTP backup connection automatically. Some other features allows performing Hostgator backup for MySQL databases and other Web hosting data backup.

The Key Difference

Every Hostgator backup performed by internal tool operates on the server side, providing user a minimal amount of control or space for decisions. Alternatively, Handy Backup perform all Web hosting actions on the client side, allowing user a full control over the process.

Featured Options of Handy Backup

Although Handy Backup requires a bit more tuning before backup Hostgator data, it provides some flexibility such as:

  • Saving data in native formats, allowing using backup information immediately;

  • Supporting a lot of data storages, including cloud accounts and FTP servers;

  • Synchronizing actual data in automated mode;

  • Mirroring website content to the different Web hosting;

  • Full, incremental or differential backup, encrypting and packing options.

This list of principal advantages can be a reason to use Handy Backup as Hostgator automatic backup tool. For tasks requiring Web hosting backup among with other operations, such as MySQL backup, using Handy Backup is the obvious choice.


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Learn how to backup a website with Handy Backup, step by step.

Note: Instructions in this video suggest that you already have Handy Backup installed on your computer. If you still haven’t done so, don’t hesitate to download it.

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