Configure Backup


You can specify how often backups occur and where backups are placed – either on the same server or on a separate backup drive. You can also specify the specific parts of the backup process that are enabled.


NOTE: The backup interval options work in the following fashion:


  • Daily – cPanel and WHM performs separate daily, weekly, and monthly backups.
  • Weekly – cPanel and WHM performs separate weekly and monthly backups.
  • Monthly – cPanel and WHM performs only monthly backups.




1 To access the Backup Menu, click on Backup, on the main screen of your WebHost Manager interface.

2 Click on Configure Backup.

3 Click on the radio button next to the following items to enable or disable the specified functionality:

  • Backup Status – Turns the automatic backup function on or off. The Restore Only radio button allows site restoration from old backups to occur, but does not create new backups.
  • Backup Interval – Specify the interval used by the backup process.
  • Days to run backup – Click on the tick boxes of the days on which you want to run backups.
  • Remount/Unmount backup drive – Mounts and unmounts the backup drive when a backup is created. This requires a separate drive mount to operate.
  • Bail out if the backup drive cannot be mounted – Stops the backup if the drive can not be mounted. Recommended if the Remount/Unmount backup drive option is enabled.
  • Incremental Backup – Backup process only copies what has changed since the last backup. This creates a much smaller backup file, but changes are gradual and the backup files are not compressed.
  • Backup Accounts – Backup process copies all account information for your customers.
  • Backup Config Files – Includes config files in the backup process.
  • SQL Databases – Includes MySQL databases in the backup process. You can choose to backup up databases in separate accounts, the master MySQL directory, or both.
  • Backup Raw Access Logs – Includes the Apache raw access logs in the backup.
  • Backup Type – Select what type of backup you need.
  • FTP Backup Host – Enter the domain name of the FTP backup host (only required if Remote FTP Server is enabled).
  • FTP Backup User – Enter the user name to use on the FTP backup host (only required if Remote FTP Server is enabled).
  • FTP Backup Pass – Enter the password to use on the FTP backup host (only required if Remote FTP Server is enabled).
  • Backup Destination – Enter the location of backups in the available field. This should be a dir/NFS/coda mount with at least twice the space of all your /home* partitions.

WARNING: Do not set this to your /home directory.

4 Click on Save.

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