How to copy website content to another domain or to an external FTP storage in Plesk?

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    Goldie Barnett

    Hi I have a question for you that I'm having trouble finding an answer to. I need to migrate my websites off of Plesk to a server here at our facility where we are going to host it ourselves. I so far have not found a way within Plesk to do that. Would Website Copy be the way or is there some other avenue available to do this? Thanks.

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    Ivan Postnikov

    Hello @Goldie,

    As I understand, it's required to move websites from Plesk server to a server without Plesk.

    Plesk does not provide instruments to do this.

    You'll need to move the site content manually or search for 3rd-party solutions for this.

    Let me know if I've got you wrong.

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    Goldie Barnett

    Hi, thanks for the reply. I did a back up and then downloaded that but it won't work. 7-zip says that "Cannot open files as archive". Do you know of any instructions on how to unzip and use websites from a Plesk backup?

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    Ekaterina Babenko

    Hello Goldie Barnett,
    Based on the error message I can tell that the archive you are trying to extract is not archive in .zip format. Backups downloaded from Plesk have .tar format on Linux-based system and .zip on Windows.
    Plesk has native utilities to extract backup archives described here:
    https://support.plesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001547985-How-to-restore-a-Plesk-backup-from-CLI-

    We do not have any recommendation on how to make Plesk backup works on server without Plesk. Basically you need to use system tools to extract an archive. For example, to extract .tar archive from command line you should run command like tar -xvf file.tar or proceed with the article on how to extract a .zip file for Windows: https://www.barcodefaq.com/knowledge-base/extract-unzip-file/

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