How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

Now and then the fear of getting a website broken is common, people try to make some design changes, and the site gets broken.

That’s why it’s always recommended to have the backup of your website and its database, but not everyone wants to restore the whole site when the problem occurs only with its design.

There is an alternative; the user can restore the backup of its WordPress theme. If you’re considering having the backup of your custom code added to the WordPress customizer, it’s not what you think.

Having the backup of your WordPress theme means saving the code files with all the changes you have done. WordPress customizer is distinct from its theme.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn the most straightforward method to download the backup file of the design at which, your website is running.

Follow This Step by Step Guide

As you all know, the cPanel design may vary depending on the web hosting company you use.

Some prefer to maintain the harmony with the blue color, on the other hand, others like to use the default design theme of cPanel.

If you use Bluehost, you may see the matching color scheme to its brand, but if you use Siteground or Inmotionhosting, you may find it a little bit different, but the overall options remain the same.

Let me list down the required steps.

Step 1

Login to your cPanel account and search for the Files’ section in which, you can easily find the File Manager icon, open it.

How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

Step 2

You may get confused when you see an empty directory, it usually happens when you don’t have anything stored in your home directory.

How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

Make sure you choose to open the root directory/public_html, where you can see your website’s data, you can accomplish this by navigating to the left-side vertical navigation menu.

Step 3

Now that you can access the root directory, you have to search for the wp-content folder. It’s not so hard to find.

Click to open it.

Step 4

If you don’t know, let me tell you that wp-content consists the plugins, themes, media files, and much more of your website.


How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

You can easily find the Themes folder. Click to open.

Step 5

You can see all the activated and deactivated themes in this folder. Depending on your choice, you can download the backup of any theme.

How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

To do so, you have to right-click on the folder and choose to compress.

Step 6

A popup appears to you from which, you need to choose the file type, choose Zip Archive and click on the Compress File button.


How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

Within a few seconds, you can see a ZIP file on your screen along with all the other theme folders, if you don’t see it, either reload the page or click to refresh.

Step 7

To download the ZIP file, you can double-click or use the right-click to find the download option.

Depending on the file’s size and the internet speed, you can have the backup file on your computer.

How to Backup Your WordPress Theme Using cPanel

Congrats, you have successfully downloaded the backup of your WordPress Theme. Even if you break your website’s design, you can restore it whenever you want.

As I have mentioned before, you should also save the Customizer’s code to keep your website’s design intact. The backup file of your WordPress Theme consists its coding data, not the extra codes you add anywhere else.

The method mentioned above can be used to edit the coding files of your website. Most of the time, users require to modify the functions.php and stylesheet files, both the files reside inside the theme folder.

Why is it Important to Save the Design of Your Website

One of the most significant questions people wish to ask. You can extract the theme folder from the full backup of your website, but it can be complicated for many.

Not everyone is techie enough to accomplish such a task. It’s better to download the ZIP file of the theme whenever you want; it takes only a few minutes.

No one wants to lose the hard work they have done in all those years; it’s better to be safe than sorry. What do you think?

Some of you may be thinking about using a plugin to accomplish such a task, but unfortunately, there is no tool so far, which can help you only backup one of the WordPress themes.

Using cPanel is the easiest method you can use.


Saving your work is the first thing to do; you can’t rely on your web hosting company or web developer. I have talked to many people who faced the hard times merely because of there too much trust in their tech person.

Try to be an independent website owner who can solve the issues themselves. Don’t you think it’s the right thing to do?


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