Backups Demystified

One of the most neglected facets of operating a website is maintaining backups.  Having a backup of your content helps ease your mind that your site can be easily recovered from disaster.

Liquid Web offers a managed solution for backups called  Guardian.  Guardian is a fully managed robust backup solution that provides continuous data protection and off-site disaster recovery for Linux and Windows Dedicated Servers.

Learn more about the various levels of backup data integrity.

Storm® Server Images

Storm® VPS and Dedicated servers can take advantage of full-server images. These images are stored in a physically isolated location from your server and represent a cost-effective backup solution. Because they are full-server backups, restoration can take longer than with a single-account backup system. Users who anticipate the need to restore individual files or accounts are encouraged to also take advantage of cPanel backups as detailed below. For more information on Storm® backups, visit How to Back Up Storm® Servers.

VPS Accounts

It is recommended that the backup utilities within cPanel or Plesk be used to provide you with accessible backups for your VPS account.

Enabling backups on cPanel accounts is done via WHM (WebHost Manager).  You can follow this guide to configure these backups:

Enabling cPanel backups in WHM.

Enabling backups on accounts using Plesk is done via the Plesk admin interface.  You can follow this guide to configure these backups:

Enabling backups in Plesk

Please be advised backups created via cPanel or Plesk are not managed by Liquid Web and you will be responsible for verifying their validity and that they are running properly.

Managed Dedicated Server Accounts

Liquid Web offers two backup solutions for dedicated servers.

The first option is Liquid Web’s managed backup solution Guardian. This fully managed solution provides you with incremental recovery points.  This solution is available on both Linux and Windows servers regardless of whether the server has a control panel or not.

The other solution, which is unmanaged,  is to utilize a backup drive in conjunction with the backups created via cPanel or Plesk.

Enabling these backups is done via WHM (Web Host Manager) for your domain.  To enable these backups please follow this guide:

Enabling cPanel backups in WHM

Enabling backups on accounts using Plesk is done via the Plesk admin interface.  You can follow this guide to configure these backups:

Enabling backups in Plesk

Unmanaged Dedicated Server Accounts

The only backup solution Liquid Web offers to unmanaged servers is Guardian.  This fully managed solution provides you with incremental recovery points.  This solution is available on both Linux and Windows servers.

If you do not choose to use Guardian, you will be responsible for your own backup solution.
 

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