This article will provide an overview of the process to setup a manual backup of your website. A backup should always be taken before you:

  • Make any changes to your site
  • Update any software or install new plugins
  • Engage with a new developer

This also provides you the opportunity to keep a historical copy of your site for future reference.

Note: While Conetix maintains backups of your website, we do so for disaster recovery purposes only. A full outline of our backup procedures is available here.


Warning: Backups will contribute to your storage quota if stored on the server. Please ensure that you have enough available space before proceeding.

  1. Access your hosting service in Plesk
  2. Navigate to Backup & Restore on the right-hand side of your Plesk subscription:
    creating a manual backup in plesk
  3. Click on the Back Up button:
    creating a manual backup in plesk
  4. This will display open a new screen asking what you would like to backup. If you are wanting to only backup the website you can untick Mail messages, and vice-versa if you are wanted to backup just emails. (untick User files and databases):
    creating a manual backup in plesk
  5. For the backup, you also want to set the back type to Full so everything is backed up.
    (Incremental backups would be used if a backup was taken recently and you only wanted a backup of the data that has changed):
    creating a manual backup in plesk
  6. Scroll down and Click OK to start the backup. You should see a confirmation that the backup has started:
    creating a manual backup in plesk
  7. The time taken to complete the backup will vary from site-to-site. For a smaller site, this should be completed in under 5 minutes. Once the backup has completed, you’ll be able to see it listed in the main Backup Manager screen.

    If you wish to be notified of when the restoration is complete please set an email address in the restoration options.

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