Creating Backups Using Plesk Panel: A Step-By-Step Guide Print

  • Updated on 07-May-2024
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Hello dear users! Today, we will guide you on creating backups using the Plesk Panel. Please read through carefully; this process is essential for protecting your data. If you use cPanel hosting, refer to this guide: Using cPanel to Take Backup of Your Website.

What Is a Backup?

A backup is simply a copy of your data. Your safety net protects you from data loss, corruption, or any unfortunate technical issue that may disrupt your website or services. Having local backups is crucial, as it allows you to recover quickly. Find out more about the importance of local backups here.

Creating Backups Using Plesk Panel

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to take backups using Plesk Panel:

  1. Login to Plesk Panel: Enter your username and password to access the Plesk Panel.
  2. Go to Backup Manager: Once logged in, click “Websites & Domains.” From there, select the “Backup Manager” option.
  3. Start Backup Process: Click “Back Up” to start the process. A new window will open.
  4. Fill in Backup Info: You can provide a filename for your backup and, if needed, a description.
  5. Choose Backup Type: You’ll be presented with two options: “Server repository” and “Personal FTP repository.” Select the “Server repository” for now. We will discuss the “Personal FTP repository” later in this guide.
  6. Configure Backup Settings: Choose what to back up. You can back up the account settings, the website’s files, or your email settings.
  7. Start the Backup: Once satisfied with your settings, click “OK” to start the backup.

It’s essential to note that if your backup size is large, the backup may take a while to complete. So, please sit back, grab a coffee, and allow Plesk Panel to do its thing!

Backup Completion and Alerts

Upon completion of the backup, Plesk stores your backup within its server. However, as per our policies, the hosting space cannot be used for data storage. Learn why here.

For convenience, it’s a good idea to set up an email alert. Here’s how:

  1. Go to “Server Settings”: Click on “Tools & Settings” and select “Server Settings.”
  2. Configure Notification Settings: In the “Mail” tab, tick “Notify me by email when the backup is completed.”
  3. Enter your email address: Be sure to use the email address where you want to receive these notifications.

This way, you’ll receive an email alert once the backup process is complete, so you don’t need to keep checking manually.

After Backup Completion

After the backup is complete, we recommend downloading the backup to a local location. This not only ensures you have a readily accessible copy but also respects our data storage policies.

At intoHOST, we also take courtesy backups using JetBackups. Find out more about this here.

For MSSQL Backups

If you need to take MSSQL backups, refer to this guide: How to Take MSSQL Backups Using Plesk.

What if I Don’t Want to Use the Plesk or cPanel Backup Option?

If, for any reason, you prefer not to use the Plesk or cPanel backup option, you can back up your files manually. Here’s a guide on How to Backup Your Files Without Using the cPanel Backup Option.

We hope this guide helps you understand and utilize the Plesk Panel backup feature effectively. Always remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep backing up and keep your data secure!

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