How to setup domain backups in Plesk

This article will walk you through where to perform backups for an individual domain in Plesk and cover performing a manual and a setting up scheduled ones.

1. Log into Plesk.
2. Click on Domains.
3. Click on the domain in the list you want to set up the backups for to access options for the domain.
4. Select the Websites and Domains tab at the top if it is not already selected.
5. Select the Backup Manager. This will either be listed in the middle of the page, or on the far right hand side.
6. Here you are able to run a backup or configure scheduled backups.
7. After you run the back you will have the option of downloading the backup to your local PC using the green down arrow button

Running a manual backup:
1. To manually run a backup click on Back Up on the Server Repository tab. This will bring up a page for you to start a backup that will be saved to the same server itself.
2. On this page set a backup name at the top, and any comments you might want (ex, "pre server upgrade" or "pre site change").
3. Then select if you want a multivolume backup and what size you want the volumes to be. This makes it so you can have multiple parts of a backup instead of just 1 large file if your site is fairly large.
4. Next is a field for you to set if you want it to email you when its completed. This is optional as well and an important thing to remember is it does not email you the backup, it just notifies you when its done. You still have to come back to the prior page to download the completed backup if you wished to do so.
5. The next section is to set what content you want backed up, be it the Plesk configuration of it only, or the configuration and the content. If you select the Domain configuration and content there is further options in the drop down menu below it that allows you to select if you want the mail or not or only the mail.
6. Lastly is a check box if you want it to suspend the domain during the backup process. For this it will make the site appear offline while the backup is running. This can be a good thing if your site gets lots of traffic since the backup process can increase the load on the server and potentially bring it offline or appear slow anyways, but it can also be a bad thing if you need your site to be up. If you leave this unchecked we would advise that you monitor your server load during the process.
7. Once you've gone through everything here then you would click Ok at the bottom of the page and it will take you back to the prior page with an alert at the top stating that the backup is in progress.

Setting up scheduled backups:
1. For scheduled backups you would want to click on the More Actions on the Backup Manager page and then select Scheduled Backup Settings.
2. This is similar to the manual backup with the added option at the top to add a schedule. So at the top the first item is to set if the backup task is active or not.
3. Then you would have the period, or how often this backup will run. If you leave it on daily then you only have an option below it to select what time it will run. Setting it to weekly allows you to set what time and what day of the week it would run. While setting it to monthly allows you to set a time and what day of the month it would run. For the time it would be advised that you schedule the backup for when you can afford the downtime the most should it increase the load on the server.
4. Once the rest of the page has been filled our or selected similarly to the manual backups, you would click OK at the bottom of the page.

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