How do I create a backup of my Sitebuilder Plus site?

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You can create an archive of your site and download it to your computer for backup purposes. The process is simple.

1) Log in to your account at http://www.homestead.com

2) Click on Websites manager.(If you have multiple sites, select the one you wish to archive from the drop down)

3) Under the Edit site button, click on "More" Then click on Create new site archive file.


4) When the archive has completed(time depends on site size), a Download site archive link will appear under the More link in Websites manager(a refresh of the page may be required) Click this link to download the site and save it to your desired location on your local drive.


5) The archive file is unencrypted and can be opened using an easily obtained program, like 7zip, gzip, or Winrar.

6) If you have a need to restore some files, you may extract the archive onto your computer and use Sitebuilder Plus' file manager to upload the files. Once uploaded you will need to publish as usual to make the files live. At the time, pages can not be restored. Only images, and other miscellaneous files.

Important Note: Only 1 copy of the archive will be stored on our server. When you create a new archive the old one will be overwritten. After creating a new archive, you should download the archive and save it to your computer. You may save as many archives to your computer as you like, just be sure to keep multiple site versions well marked so you know which you might want to restore.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can I save my images.

I am wanting to change the look and feel of my website ... choosing a new design. Can I save my pictures to a folder?
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Hello,

You can create a backup of your site shown above. This will have all your images and files in a zip file if you need to get them back.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Exporting files used to create a club web site.

Many years ago I created a web site for the paragliding and hang gliding club that I belong to: http://whgpc.homestead.com/  Another club member has now developed a new web site: http://whgpc.org.nz/  He has asked: "Could you send me in a .zip all the files from previous website so I can transfer it to new host?  We can setup a redirection for Google bots to new website."   So - how do I go about doing the first part of this?
Cheers
Kris
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Thanks!  Most useful!!  :)
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You're welcome
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... and I discovered the answer to my next question about creating a site map here on the Homestead Community!  :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how can I download images from file manager?.

I would like to bulk download my images that were previously uploaded to folders in file manager. Please let me know how I can do this. I can move the files from one folder to another but can't see how to move or copy them to my desktop. Thanks.
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Hello,

You can create a backup of your entire site that will include all of you images in the guide above.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Program files under windows 10 ?.

How do I find my index files on windows 10. I have old photos that I want to return to my pages
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paul2284,

When using the online Sitebuilder, files are not stored locally. They are stored in the cloud. You can archive and download the entire site by following these instructions
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How can I take my video off my website. I have lost my original and want to have ....

I have had my website for 5 years now and need to take my video off of my website. I have lost my original video and need to put back on my computer.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled download website files.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled copy site.

how do I make a copy of my site so I can move it to another server
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Gail7077, you can download an archive of your pages and files, but it isn't likely going to work on any other service. Our system of elements is unique to the Sitebuilder program.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Is there a way to export all of the files to a folder on my desktop?.

I am moving my site to a wordpress format and would prefer not having to re-create everything.  Is there a way to export or download all my files/pages so I can import them into wordpress?
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You can download them, but you will need to create the pages in Wordpress. Our pages will not be compatible as our element system is different than theirs.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how do I download a copy of all my data pages.

closeing down the site and would like to save all data files and pages.  How do I do this please?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to download files from the File Manager.

I want to download all files (images, pdf and etc.) form the File Manager to my computer to I can properly store them.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how can i get video files off of the website to convert to another format?.

I need to get a video file out of my files on my website to convert it to another format.  I don't have it anywhere but on the website. How can I get it off the site and back on my computer
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how do i export all my pics.
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Hi
I created a backup of my site but it looks odd when I view it. I read somewhere that all of the info is not backed up, (like the pages). Is the site totally backed up in case of some extreme problem that would cause me to have to totally restore or reload the site?
Thanks
Mike Stotts
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The entire site is archived and downloaded, including the pages. However, it is not possible to upload the pages since it would cause problems if the code was altered. You would have all the images and things, but would need to recreate the pages.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Will we ever get ftp back. Thousands of files I need to keep, too many to downlo....

Please give us ftp back. Not so I can leave homestead, never will, but NEED this capability to backup files.
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I do not believe this will happen any time soon, but this topic shows you how to create and download an archive file of all files on the site.
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thank you, thank you, thank you Drew!  (why didn't I know that?)
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You're welcome.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Export items from file manager to desktop.

I would like to pull a few files that I lost from my old laptop but are saved on the File Manager in Homestead.  How can I export multiple files at once to to save to my new laptop?
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Carolyn2658, You will create and download and archive of all files.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How can I retrieve files on our website that we need offsite?.

I may be changing website providers and would like to know how to retrieve files in the File Manager.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Transfer old website photos and information to the new one.

Please tell me how I can retrieve or transfer all of my photos and information from your server/site. I want to use them on my other new revamped website. trying to cut asnd paste is a total waste of time and also this old website most of the info has been made smaller. I am not an IT person so this is quite labor intensive. How can you make it easier?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How can I get access to my photos from my old sitebuilder site to use in a new we....

Dreading having to recreate my site on the new platform.  Don't have all of the pictures anymore
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Steven8693, This will compress all files on your site, including the images. Once you download to your computer, you can then extract all the files and you will have the images.
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Thanks, worked great.  Where do I find info on why I would want to go to the new format?
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The new Websitebuilder is quite different, which is why we can't convert sites. But, it automatically makes the site mobile friendly. It has many features our customers have been asking for, like drop down menus and slideshows. The way it generates code is also much cleaner, which the search engines like. It is also where the majority of development is focused, so it will likely progress more quickly. Ultimately, the choice will be yours. You can try it and if you like what you make, your domain can easily be moved to the new site.
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I tried to archive and download my website data, but it did not download all the latest webpages, as if it downloaded from a previous archive. The archive option looks different also (attached image). I hit the "create new site archive file" then hit the "download site archive" but the downloaded images look
different to the live website. Any ideas?


 
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Which site are you archiving? What differences do you see? It doesn't look like many pages have been update recently.
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They haven't because I don't have time.  I started the new version but I would like to down load my images to transfer.  How does one do it.  
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Connie3833, The instructions are shown step by step at the top of this page. This will give you a single compressed file with all your images in it. Once you extract the files they will be available on your hard drive.