Creating backups in DirectAdmin

Backups are, essentially, the responsibility of the customer. Whilst SharkServers, as well as any other provider, keeps their own backups, these are primarily for disaster recovery purposes and can not be used to restore individual account and/or VPS. As such, it is extremely important that the customer always has their own backup handy should the need for one arises.

In this Knowledgebase article, we will be looking at the DirectAdmin backup and restore option to help you backup your data.


Step 1 - Log in to your DirectAdmin Control Panel

This step is straightforward, and doesn't really need any additional explanation. Either click the "Login to DirectAdmin" button in the client area, or go to and type in you user name and password. The username and password can be found in the email titled "New Account Information" that we've sent to you after you placed the order.

Step 2 - Select 'Advanced Features -> Create/Restore Backups'

Again, pretty straightforward.

Step 3 - Select the data you want to back up

Normally you would leave everything selected. However, if there is something that you don't want in the backup, you can uncheck the respective box.

Step 4 - Click 'Create Backup'

Sit back and relax. Your backup is being created and you will be notified in the message system once it's ready. The notification will appear in the top-right corner of DirectAdmin, near you avatar.


Restoring your backup is an easy process. Before you start, please note that any changes you've made since the last backup will be overwritten. If you uploaded new files to your account, or added new content to your website - it will be gone once you restore the backup. Please be careful!

Step 1 - Repeat Steps 1 and 2 from the 'Backup' section

Step 2 - Click the 'Restore Backup' link

Step 3 - Select the backup you want to restore

This page will list all backups you've previously taken. Make sure you choose carefully which backup to restore.

Step 4 - Click 'Restore' button

Have a coffee. Or chocolate. Or both. Time to restore a backup varies, depending on the size of the backup. You will get a notification as soon as it's been restored.

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