Knowledgebase: WHM
HOW TO: Enable & Configure Automatic Backups in WHM
Posted by Asilah A. on 14 June 2021 01:49 PM

Making regular backups is an important part of running any sort of website. You can configure WHM to automatically make backups of all the important information on your server at specified intervals.


1) Login in WHM --> Backup Categories


2) Click Backup Configuration

 ====Backup Status====

To enable backups, simple click the button next to Enable Backups. Configure your backup setting based on your days of run the backup and what need to backup.


====Global Settings====

Now choose the type of backups you want cPanel to create:


Compressed: Compressed backups use the least amount of disk space, potentially giving you more restore points than could get with the other methods. Compressed backups take longer to complete, and the process of restoring an individual file requires the extra step of first extracting the file. In many cases, this type of backup represents the ideal option. As a side note, the size of a compressed cPanel backup will range from about 25% to 75% of the actual account size. This can also depend on several factors, such as the types of files owned by the account. Until the backups have completed, and you can see the actual size of each archive, it’s generally safe to estimate that a compressed backup will take up about half the space of the account itself. Once the backups have run, you can use the actual values to determine how many compressed backups to retain.

Uncompressed: Uncompressed backups complete faster, and the restore process is quicker because these backups do not need to be extracted from the archive. However, they take up the same amount of space as the account itself and as such, allow for fewer restore points. If you choose to use uncompressed backups, you must ensure that your retention policy does not allow you to run out of disk space.

Incremental: Incremental backups allow you to retain only one daily, one weekly, and one monthly backup. This provides fewer restore points than either of the other options. Because the backups are uncompressed, each will take up the same amount of disk space as the full account itself. This being said, individual files can be restored quickly but, changes to your data are synced each time backups run. This means that a corrupted, compromised, or modified file you want to restore could have been synced to your backup if the change was not noticed immediately.


====Scheduling and Retention====

The Scheduling and Retention section allows you to enable or disable daily, weekly, and monthly backups, and specify the number of each type of backup you wish to store. For daily and weekly backups, you can select the days of the week on which backups will be taken. For monthly backups, you can choose whether you want them to be taken at the beginning, the middle of the month, or both.




The Files section allows you to select which accounts to back up and choose more detailed options for each:




Select whether you want to back up databases per account, the entire MySQL directory, or both. In most cases, you’ll want to choose Per Account and Entire MySQL Directory.



====Configure the Backup Directory====

Allows you to choose whether you want to back up locally or externally.



The Default Backup Directory is pre-configured, and in most cases should not be changed.

Retain backups in the default backup directory:
Local backups will be retained even if you configure the server to transfer them to an external destination automatically.

Mount Backup Drive as Needed:
In most cases, remain disabled, as an external drive set up by Liquid Web will be configured to mount at boot.


3) When finished changing the backup settings, click Save.

Once you’re satisfied with your backup configuration, click the Save Configuration button to apply your settings.


If you face any difficulties on the setup, please feel free to contact our support team by submitting a ticket on or emailing out support team at

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