Hi @Byron K
Welcome to the community.
By default, the compressed .zip file from the repository Downloads section only downloads your repository master branch.
For this, would it be possible for you to check if your repository master branch has other files and/or folders other than the readme file?
You also mentioned that you're making backups of your repository.
In this case, our recommendation is for you to clone your repository via --mirror clone instead.
This way, the backup includes all your repository branches.
git clone --mirror <your repository URL (HTTPS or SSH)>
Hope it helps and let me know how it goes.
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