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Scheduled Backups


Depending on your hosting type, you may schedule and create your backups. Check this article Customer Portal - Manage Packages to view your hosting packages.

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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 20 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.

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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 chat.

Linux Dedicated and VPS with cPanel

The following steps will help you create automatic backups.

  1. Log in to WHM using your root username and password. For additional information on accessing WHM, please refer to the article How Do I Log into the Web Host Manager? (WHM)

  2. In the left-hand menu, locate and expand the Backup section and select Backup Configuration.

    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. In the Global Settings select the configuration settings most suited to your backup needs. You can designate numerous configuration options contributing to how your backup is generated and how frequently these backups occur.

    HostGator - WHM - Backups - Global Settings

  6. 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.
  7. You will receive a green Success notification, indicating that you have successfully configured automatic backups.

    HostGator - Backup - Success Confirmation Prompt

Windows Dedicated

Full Plesk Backup

  1. Log in as the admin user. For additional information on accessing Plesk, please refer to the article: How to Log In and Preview - Plesk.
  2. Select Tools & Settings on the left.

    Tools and Settings

  3. Click on Backup Manager.

    backup manager

  4. Click Back Up for a one-time backup or Schedule to configure recurring backups.

    Setup backups

Individual Control Panel backup

  1. Log in as the Control Panel user.
  2. Select the Websites & Domains tab.

    Plesk Websites & Domains

  3. Click on Backup Manager on the right-hand menu.

    Backup manager

  4. Click Back Up for a one-time backup or Schedule to configure recurring backups.

    Setup backup

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 that exceed the 100,000 inode limit will automatically be removed from our backup system to avoid over-usage.
  • Any shared account using more than 20 GB of disk space will be removed from our off-site weekly backup, except that databases shall continue to be backed up.

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