How to Back Up Your Website Using Plesk

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How to Back Up Your Website Using Plesk
See How to Determine Which Version of Plesk Control Panel is Installed on a Server to know which set of directions to follow.

 
Back Up a Site in Plesk 12.X and 12.5
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the domain. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager in the right hand menu.
  5. Select Back Up.
  6. Server Repository will be selected by default unless you have set up a FTP repository.
  7. In Plesk 12, under the Backup Settings section select the radio button labeled Domain configuration and content. Leave the drop box the way it is.

    In Plesk 12.5 under Backup Content->Type, select Full or Incrememental as needed. An incremental backup will only backup those files which have changed since the last backup. For this reason we recommend Full backups.
  8. DO NOT select the Suspend domain until backup task is completed. Should the backup fail, your domain would remain suspended and inaccessible to your website viewers.
  9. Once the backup is completed you can download it from the main backup screen by clicking on the Green Circle/Arrow icon on the right side of the backup listing.
    Download a Plesk Backup
 
Back Up a Site in Plesk 11.X
  1. Log in to the Control Panel.
  2. From the Domains tab, click the domain. (If the correct domain isn't listed, choose it's subscription from the drop down menu in the upper right.)
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. Select the Backup Manager.
  5. Select Back Up.
  6. Select Server Repository.
  7. Under Tools select Back Up.
  8. Under the Backup Settings section select the radio button labeled Domain configuration and content. Leave the drop box the way it is.
  9. DO NOT select the Suspend domain until backup task is completed. Should the backup fail, your domain would remain suspended and inaccessible to your website viewers..
  10. Once the backup is completed you can download it from the main backup screen by clicking on the Green Circle/Arrow icon on the right side of the backup listing.
    Download a Plesk Backup

 

Back Up a Site in Plesk 9.X

  1. Log in to the Control Panel and click on the Domains button.
  2. Select your domain.
  3. Click the Backup Manager button.
  4. Click the Back Up button.
  5. Enter name for back up in Add prefix to backup name box.
  6. Select Domain configuration and content radio button.
  7. Select All configuration and content except mail from dropdown menu.
  8. DO NOT select the Suspend domain until backup task is completed this can cause issue where the domain will not unsuspend if the backup fails.
  9. Once the backup is completed you can download it from the main backup screen by clicking on the Disk icon.

 

Recommended Plesk Backup Settings

Related articles:
How to Restore Your Site Using a Backup Created in Plesk, Making Sense of Your Plesk Backup

Making Sense of the Backup (MS
 SQL)
  1. If you decide to download the backup created, when you open up the backup, the site files are located in the phosting folder in a zip file named <backupname_vhost> .  
  2. That database backup is stored in a .tmp file which you will want to change the file extension to .bak
    1. To extract the .tmp file you will need to open the Databases> <databasename> folders and extract the zip folder named <backupname_databasename>.  
    2. To restore the database backup you will want to use the Restore Database function of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
      MSSQL Name Change
Making Sense of the Backup (MySQL)
  1. If you decide to download the backup created, when you open up the backup, the site files are located in the phosting folder in a zip file named <backupname_vhost> .  
  2. That database backup is stored in a .tmp file which you will want to change the file extension to .sql
    1. To extract the .tmp file you will need to open the Databases> <databasename> folders and extract the zip folder named <backupname_databasename>.  
    2. To restore the database backup you will want to use the PhpMyAdmin web administration interface. To access the PhpMyAdmin interface see How to access the PhpMyadmin Interface.
      MySQL Name Change

       
 

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