1. Nihar

    Thanks i am currently doing manually using filezilla. This is will be good to make backup automatically at a particular time every week to make sure that i don’t forget it

  2. Rarst


    Yep, it’s very important to automate backups. If doing them manually people try to skip them and making them less often to escape boring task.

  3. Mikael

    Thanks, you made me discover Cobian backup and I find it is a very good replacement for other solutions I was using so far (special mention: much more powerful than Norton Ghost for backuping file, much simpler, and free!).

    I was also very interested by its ability to backup remote data (FTP source). I tried this feature today and was a little bit disapointted by the fact that when you backup remote FTP sources, Cobian Backup can only do FULL backup. This means that it downloads all files every time, which in my case where there are very few files that changes from one time to another, makes it not so efficient.

    Not to mention that is also creates a new directory for each backup (FTP source), meaning that after a few backups, I end up with several copies of my remote source. I then have to do manual cleanup, unless I miss some cool setup option in Cobian.

    Do you have any other free and reliable solution to suggest for backuping remote FTP source in a more incremental way?

    Thanks for your great blog,


  4. benregn

    Started Googling for exactly this, with no usable results. Then I figured that you probably had looked for something like this… And lo and behold, you of course had!
    Thank you, again!

  5. benregn

    I would like to be able to use SSH to do some kind of backup, but my current host doesn’t allow it. I’m also looking into using cron jobs to compress and send or FTP to me.

  6. Leonardo

    “Backup software is much more focused on making backup to FTP and that makes search painful since keywords are same.”

    Same here, I spent like half an hour trying to filter the keywords I was using, till I got to this blog post. I need to backup my hosting account files and was lloking for the same thing, a backup software that would use FTP also as a source, not only a destination.

    Thank you very much, I’ll give this software a try.

  7. Landfoci


    Good Jobs. Thanks you very much!

  8. Tony Brown

    Is it not better to use a WordPress based backup plugin?

    You then get the database and all the data required to restore the site – not sure why you’d only want to backup a portion of it.

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