How to generate and download a full backup of your Plesk Account

How to generate and download a full backup of your Plesk Account

How to generate and download a full backup of your Plesk Account

Generating and downloading a full backup of your Plesk account is a critical task for ensuring data safety and integrity, especially in your role as a website developer and server administrator. A full backup includes all the websites, mail accounts, databases, and application settings under your Plesk account. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to perform this task:

Step-by-Step Guide to Generate and Download a Full Plesk Backup

Accessing Plesk and Backup Manager

  1. Log into Plesk:
    • Enter your credentials to access your Plesk control panel. Typically, the URL is in the format https://yourdomain.com:8443.
  2. Navigate to Backup Manager:
    • Once logged in, go to the ‘Websites & Domains’ tab and find the ‘Backup Manager’. This is where you manage all backup-related tasks.

Generating the Full Backup

  1. Start a New Backup:
    • In the Backup Manager, look for an option to create a new backup. This could be labeled as ‘Back Up’, ‘Add Backup’, or something similar.
  2. Configure Backup Settings:
    • Backup Type: Choose the option to create a full backup. This ensures that all aspects of your account are included.
    • Backup Content: You can typically choose to back up the domain configuration, mail configuration, and mail content, as well as user files and databases.
    • Exclude Specific Files (Optional): If there are specific files or directories you wish to exclude, specify them here.
    • Store in: Decide where to store the backup. You can choose to store it in the server repository or an external storage location like FTP.
    • Notification: Enter your email if you wish to receive a notification when the backup is complete.
  3. Start the Backup Process:
    • Click the button to start the backup process, often labeled ‘OK’, ‘Back Up’, or ‘Start’. The backup process may take some time, depending on the size of your account.

Downloading the Backup

  1. Access the Backup List:
    • Once the backup is complete, return to the Backup Manager. You should see the newly created backup listed.
  2. Download the Backup:
    • If the backup is stored in the server repository, there should be an option to download it. Click on the relevant link or button to initiate the download.
    • The backup file will be large if it’s a full backup, so ensure you have a stable internet connection and sufficient storage space on your local device.

Post-Download Steps

  1. Verify the Download:
    • After the download is complete, verify the integrity of the backup file. You can do this by checking the file size or using any provided checksums.
  2. Store Securely:
    • Store the downloaded backup in a secure location. If it contains sensitive information, consider using additional encryption for storage.
  3. Regular Backups:
    • Schedule regular backups and download them periodically to ensure you always have a recent copy of your Plesk account data.


Regularly backing up your Plesk account is crucial for data security and recovery. As a website developer and server administrator, ensuring that you have recent and complete backups of your account can save you from potential data loss or corruption scenarios. Remember to store your backups securely and to test them periodically to ensure they can be restored successfully.


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