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Scheduled Backups

Shared and Reseller

For non-specialized shared plans, HostGator creates daily, weekly, and monthly backups based on cycles set within the server for accounts under 10 GB and 100,000 inodes. Please note that, given what day the server cycles run, the weekly and/or monthly backup(s) could be the same as the daily backup.

For Managed WordPress Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Reseller servers, HostGator creates weekly backups of shared servers for accounts under 20 GB and 100,000 inodes. For Reseller plans, these limits apply to each cPanel individually.

You may create manual backups, such as the full backup. However, you cannot schedule backups. We do not supply a script that can backup your data, nor can we help you use such a script.

All or part of your cPanel can be restored by HostGator by contacting us via phone or Live Chat.

Linux Dedicated and VPS with cPanel

The following steps will help you create automatic backups.

  1. Log into WHM using your root username and password. For additional information on how to access WHM, please refer to the following article:

  2. In WHM's left-hand menu, locate Backup Configuration. This is found within the Backup section.

    HostGator - WHM - Search Backup Configuration

  3. The Backup Configuration settings will appear on the right-hand side.

    HostGator - WHM - Backup Configuration Settings

  4. Select the Enable Backups checkbox to configure your automatic backups.

    HostGator - WHM - Enable Backups

  5. Once enabled, scroll down to see the Global Settings.

    HostGator - WHM - Backups - Global Settings

  6. Select the configuration settings most suited to your backup needs. You will be able to designate numerous configuration options that will contribute to the way your backup is generated and how frequently these backups occur.
  7. Once you have completed the configuration by selecting all desired settings, click the Save Configuration button at the bottom of the page. If you wish to reset all settings, you can use the Reset button to toggle each setting back to the default.

    HostGator - Backup Configuration - Save Configuration

  8. You will receive a green Success notification, indicating that you have successfully configured automatic backups.

     HostGator - Backup - Success Confirmation Prompt

Windows Dedicated and VPS with Plesk

Full Plesk Backup

  1. Log in as the admin user.
  2. Select Tools & Settings on the left.
  3. Click on Backup Manager.
  4. Click Back Up for a one-time backup or Schedule to configure recurring backups.

Individual Control Panel Backup

  1. Log in as the control panel user.
  2. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  3. Click on Backup Manager on the right-hand menu.
  4. Click Back Up for a one-time backup or Schedule to configure recurring backups.

HostGator Backup System

  • Please remember that our backups are intended for emergencies. You should not rely on our backups as the only copy of your content.
  • Backups for shared servers occur daily, weekly, and monthly on a random day, overwriting previous backups.
  • Accounts found to be exceeding the 100,000 inode limit will automatically be removed from our backup system to avoid over-usage.
  • Any shared account using more than 20 gigs of disk space will be removed from our off-site weekly backup, with the exception that databases shall continue to be backed up.