On my previous host through cPanel I was able to easily download an entire backup of my files... other than logging onto a webftp or FTP client and download it that way (which through an FTP client takes like hours), how can I do this?
Wiki is your friend:http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Backup
I do a combination of the MySQL dump and then an rsync to my home computer.
Thanks, that's what I was looking for.
Hey, another question, could I use rsync to upload the files to the server from my computer, or no? Sorry if it's stupid
Yep. With the proper syntax, you can update your site via rsync.