A feature request on the CPanel.net website is asking for the control panel maker to implement a very useful addition to it’s already heavy arsenal. Almost a year ago, a customer named rclemings posted “Backup to Google Drive/Dropbox: Option to send cPanel backups to Google Drive (and Dropbox too?) as well as S3.” Since then, 117 other people have up voted this request.

It would be nice if CPanel would hurry up and take this request seriously. This feature would be hugely beneficial to their customers. Right now, we can use WHM to run our backups to Amazon’s S3 service, but that can be expensive, especially when compared to the free Dropbox and Google Drive services that are available.

I would love to see this feature added soon, though the silence from CPanel seems to tell me not to hold my breath. Still, the idea is perfect. From my understanding, it would work like this:

In WHM, you can backup files to remote servers, including Amazon’s S3 service. If this new feature was implemented, we would be able to run our nightly backups to additional cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Google Drive. This means less need for a RAID backup setup, or the sometimes expensive R1Soft service offered by your hosting provider. Additionally, you would also be able to (according to some people in the comments) restore files from these cloud storage providers.

What I would like to see is the same backup options for cloud providers added to the Backup Wizard in CPanel itself. If individual accounts were able to backup and restore to and from cloud storage, it would make it possible for people to migrate their own websites from one server to another. That would be massive for many people.

While they are at it, CPanel could also add in the ability to easily schedule these backups so you could automate them, just like the cron in WHM does. This way you wouldn’t have to worry about manually running backups, or finding you forgot to run one prior to a major catastrophe. Then again, I guess that would need to be regulated by the server to avoid 150 accounts running their own backups at the same time every night, or worse, at 2:00 in the afternoon.