Manually backing up website data

See the following pages to view the latest information on DreamHost's backup policies:


There are several manual methods of backing up the contents for your account. The following is a description of the various backup and service options:

Backing up via FTP

If your user has a large amount of content, you may want to back up that user manually. This is done via FTP, which you can read more about here:

Once connected with an FTP client, you can then download your data. View the following article which describes how to select the server data in the right pane and download it to your computer:

If you have several GB of data, DreamHost recommends compressing the directories first and then downloading the contents to speed things up. This is done by logging into your web server through your SHELL user, and then manually zipping the folders. For information on how to log into your account via SSH please visit the following article:

Backing up your database

There are different methods you can use to back up your databases. For example:

Method Difficulty Details
phpMyAdmin Easy This method uses phpMyAdmin to download the database
SSH Advanced This method uses SSH commands to download the database

View the following article for additional options.

Backing up email

You can backup your email manually through an email client. This is done through a mail client configured to download the messages from DreamHost servers to your local computer. The messages are then backed up on the computer that downloaded them.

You can read more about this process in backing up emails here:

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