Knowledge Base
Save up to  70% off.  Start your website today!

Setting up CodeGuard – Site


After you've purchased CodeGuard, you can access it just like any other addon product through the Customer Portal. Once purchased, CodeGuard will automatically start backing up your files on your primary domain. If you are using WordPress or another app that requires a database, you must configure CodeGuard to back up the database portion of your website.

What you should know
  • Databases will NOT be automatically added to CodeGuard and must be manually connected. You can follow the steps in the Setting up CodeGuard – Database article for further instructions.
  • CodeGuard will notify you if you have exceeded the CodeGuard limit, need to upgrade to the next plan or delete old backups to free up space.
  • CodeGuard will not affect or be affected by CDN networks because it is set up via FTP/SFTP.
  • CodeGuard only creates backups of your website files and databases (if configured) and does not back up email accounts associated with your website's domain.
  • CodeGuard does not offer malware scans and monitoring. As a HostGator customer, check out our SiteLock security plans.

Adding a website to CodeGuard

Your primary domain's website is automatically added to the CodeGuard Dashboard during initial setup. However, you need to manually add all databases and other websites under your hosting account to the CodeGuard Dashboard so CodeGuard can create backups for them.

To add a website to be backed up in CodeGuard, you first need to obtain the following:

Item Needed Description
Website URL Your domain name: https://example.com
Hostname/IP address Shared IP address or Server Hostname
FTP/SFTP Username cPanel/SFTP or FTP username
FTP/SFTP Password cPanel/FTP password
Port number 21 or 22

Once you've gathered the information above, proceed to the following steps.

Step 1: Connect FTP/SFTP Website

  1. Log in to your Customer Portal.
  2. From the navigation bar on the left, select the Websites tab.

    Customer Portal - Websites Tab

  3. Click Settings on the website you want to access CodeGurd.

    Customer Portal - Website Settings

  4. Go to the Backups section and click the Manage Codeguard option.

    Customer Portal - CodeGuard

  5. Once logged into the CodeGuard Dashboard, you will first see the Weekly Backup Summary, which provides a general overview of the number of up-to-date websites and databases.

    CodeGuard Weekly Backups Summary

  6. To add a new site to CodeGuard, click the green Add FTP/SFTP Website button in the Back up a Site section.

    CodeGuard Add FTP/SFTP Website

  7. You will be redirected to another page where you must enter the credentials you gathered earlier in their corresponding boxes:
    • Website URL (e.g., https://:example.com)
    • FTP/SFTP Server (e.g., ftp.example.com)
    • FTP/SFTP Username (e.g., [email protected])
    • FTP/SFTP Password 
    • Port number (21 or 22)
    Send Securely - It is recommended to securely send your backups to CodeGuard by using the SFTP settings.
  8. Once done, click Test Website Connection.

    CodeGuard Test Connection

Step 2: Choose what files to back up

Once successful, you will be redirected to the Capture Your Code page, where you need to do the following:

  1. Select your root directory: Choose one of the directories listed as your website's root directory or FTP/SFTP path. This should be the root folder for your website's content.

    CodeGuard Select Root Directory

  2. Select website content: Choose which files and folders to include or exclude from your backups.
    Note: Cache, temp, and log folders are usually good folders to leave unchecked!

    CodeGuard Select Website Content

  3. Click Begin First Backup to initialize the CodeGuard Backup feature.

    CodeGuard Begin First Backup

  4. You will see the Complete Confirmation page.

    CodeGuard Site Backup Complete

    Note: The database will automatically be added once CodeGuard detects that you have a WordPress or another Content Management System (CMS) that includes a database to function. Select which options apply to your website to complete the process:
    • Add Database Now: Click here if your website has additional databases, or if you are using a different database, be sure to add those as well. Go to the Setting up CodeGuard – Database article for further instructions.
    • Go To Dashboard: Click here to see the File Backup Summary and Backup Progress Tracker.
  5. Once the websites are added, these are displayed in a list just below the Backup a Site section. The Website Backup section contains more detailed information about completed backups and allows you to customize settings in CodeGuard.


Did you find this article helpful?

* Your feedback is too short