How to enable automatic backups in Plesk Control Panel?

Login to the Plesk panel with the username and password:

  1. The URL of the Plesk control panel will be

  2. Select Backup Manager.

    Select Backup Manager Option to Enable Backup

  3. Select Personal FTP Repository Settings. We assume that you want to save the backup file to the personal FTP server (Offshore / remote backups are more secure!). You will get the below screen:

    Select Personal FTP Repository Option

    Personal FTP Repository Settings

    • Give the IP address or hostname or domain of the FTP server.
    • Give the directory name in which the backup will be uploaded by the server.
    • Give the FTP usernme in the FTP Login.
    • Give the password or change the password if already configured. If you do not want to change the password, then leave the FTP password and confirm FTP password fields blank.
    • Use Passive Mode Off if your firewall is causing problems.

  4. Select Scheduled Backup Settings.

    Settings of Scheduled Backup

    • If you want to start taking backups, tick the Activate the backup task.
    • Select Backup Period Daily, Weekly and Monthly.
    • Give the start time for the backup process.
    • Multivolume backup means if your backup file is larger than the specified volume size, then Plesk will make more than one files to accommodate the complete backup. Otherwise a single backup file will be made.
    • Save backup in FTP repository as we have setup it in the previous step.
    • Plesk can delete the older backups if the number of backups exceeds 3. In the above screen shot, the current number of backup is 3.
    • You can set the notification email address there. If there is any problem with the backup, you will get the email stating the description of the problem.
    • Set the backup content, in most cases, all recommend the backup of Server Configuration & Content.
    • Tick "Suspend Domains until backup task is completed" if you want to make the backing up process faster. This will take more consistent backup. However, this may not be feasible to your customers. Because the websites will be stopped until the backup process has been completed.
    • Click OK to save the backup schedule. The backup process will be executed daily on the time specified.

→ Looking to secure a backup of the website on Plesk? Please refer to backup of website on Plesk for more details.

→ Looking to backup/restore database on Plesk? Please refer to backup/restore database on Plesk for more details.

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