Better features than both cPanel and R1soft!
Restore Manager is essentially the best of both worlds. You get the non-costly on-server integration of cPanel, and the remote granular backup of R1soft.
The primary weaknesses of cPanel’s own backup are that:
- only the server admin can use it (WHM root user), and
- only the entire account can be restored (excluding MySQL and email)
And the primary weakness of R1soft are that:
- the bare-metal disaster recovery rarely works well
- disk safes can easily get corrupted
- everything is extremely slow: the backup, the restore … even the GUI!
REM fixes all those dilemmas, as well as adds several useful features:
: cPanel allows you to backup MySQL databases and email, but that’s it. Additionally, the restoration is often buggy. However, Restore Manager doesn’t stop at just database and email. You have granular control of files, cron job, DNS records and SSL certs. Even R1soft doesn’t have that! Best of all, the REM restore tends to be flawless and error-free.
: Both the server admin (via WHM) and the users (via cPanel) can exclude content that doesn’t need to be backed up. Files types and paths (or both) can be ignored, making backups quicker and smaller. cPanel (but not WHM) natively has this function, but it’s buried in the .conf files. R1soft has it just for admins.
: These days, most server admins want to use WHM, not the SSH command line (CLI). A common complaint about cPanel is that the backup scheduling is terrible. There’s no “backup now” function in WHM, and the scheduling of backups is buried. You have to enter CLI to backup on-demand, and the backup scheduler is hidden in the WHM cron configuration.
: Server admins will like this feature. Neither the R1soft plugin nor the native cPanel backup function has easy-to-find records of actions taken by users. And, as expected, low-knowledge users sometimes make false claims. For example, “the server changed my file!” – but in reality, the user restored an old copy of a file. It’s a small feature, and one that may never be needed, but it could save you a lot of effort if you’re a web host.