In unmanaged WordPress hosting, you are supposed to back-up your data yourself, and the hosting server may not be responsible for the data loss. Making backups of your data gives you inner peace and may save you in the situations when you feel worthless because your precious data has been lost due to your site being hacked or deleted by someone (perhaps, your foe).
There are many WordPress plugins out there which ease the process to make backups of your WordPress website. Some options are free, while others are paid.
In this article, I am going to show you some best backup plugin for WordPress, and their pros and cons.
Best Backup Plugin For WordPress
I have created a list of our top 10 picks, which we have personally used and enjoyed. I hope that you will find them useful (comments are always welcome!).
Our Top 10 Picks (Both Free and Paid)
BackupBuddy is a paid service that lets you make the backups of your WordPress website in a hassle free way. It allows you to make schedule of backups, i.e., you can tell it either you want to make backups weekly or monthly. When it make backups, it sends to your Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash — if you have accounts on these websites — or send you the files in your email (which is great if you don’t want to make your hands dirty).
Through it, you can get licensed to use this service on the websites that are mentioned in your plan. Apart from that, you can get access to their premium support forums (yes, they provide forums!), updates, and 1GB of cloud storage to store your backups!
VaultPress is a subscription based service with different plans and pricing. VaultPress offers automated real-time cloud backup solution starting at $5 / month (which is good for most websites). They offer security scans in some of their packages, so you get the security out-of-the-box.
You can set VaultPress just by few clicks. One bad thing about VaultPress is that it is quite expensive if you have multiple WordPress websites, and you want backup of every of them.
BackWPup is one of those free plugins out there which allows you to create a complete backup of your WordPress website (whether it’s a personal site / blog or business site) for free. It gives you the ability to upload your files to cloud services like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, etc. In fact, it can even send those files through FTP or to your email.
Like other back-up plugins, it allows you to schedule automatic backups according to your website’s update frequency. Although, this feature is available in different other plugins, BackWPup provides it free at no cost!
Apart from the free version of BackWPup, they also provide Pro version, which comes with priority support and the ability to store backups on your Google Drive, etc.
UpdraftPlus is another good option for your backup needs which is free. The cool thing about this plugin is that it’s very easy to use and doesn’t require a lot of attention of yours. It doesn’t give you bloated features as well, just the features that are necessary for your needs.
If you have used other plugins, such as, BackupBuddy, BackWPup, etc., then you will realize that those plugins support backups to different cloud storage websites, such as, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, FTP, and even email! Worry not, as this simple-and-yet powerful plugin not only support cloud storage, but it also supports uploading your backup to Google Drive, OpenStack, and several other storage solutions.
Beyond these features, it also offers database encryption for an added level of security. Plus, you can split very large sites into several archives to make backups quicker. And should you ever need to restore from a backup, this split archive method makes that process go faster as well.
UpdraftPlus is also available as a premium plugin, which includes all the features I already mentioned plus several add-on features like automatic backups, a site migrator, reporting, no advertisements, support for additional backup locations, and more. You also get a year of support and a year of updates. You can expect to pay between $60 and $125 for UpdraftPlus Premium.
Snapshot is described as “Time Machine for your WordPress site,” this plugin lets you take quick snapshots of any aspect of your site to save for later and store them wherever you want.
When you decide you want to save a version of your site, just press the “Create a Snapshot” button. This will capture your site as it is at that particular moment and should you want to restore from this version you can with the press of a single button. You can schedule these backups if you want and you can save your files to Dropbox, Amazon S3, or SFTP.
This plugin costs $40 by itself or $19.60 per month as a part of a WPMU DEV membership.
When you need to go extremely simple with backing up your WordPress data, BackUpWordPress is the plug-in you require. Including the feature of automatic scheduling support, it also allows you to create unique schedules for your files as well as your databases.
BackUpWordPress has its own free version as well, but its limitation is that a user cannot store their WordPress backups to the cloud storage, for that you need to extend it to premium. One more feature of this plug-in includes the backups being sent to you via email attachments as per your automatic schedule (hourly, daily, etc.).
BackUpWordPress is very easy to use and backs up the basics as per your need. It is a recommended plug-in for those who need scheduled and secure backing up.
Though technically a site migration plugin, Duplicator also works as a backup solution. It’s not as straightforward as some of the other plugins I’ve mentioned here and it requires some technical knowledge to use properly.
Duplicator offers the most basic backup options and you can’t schedule automatic backups in advance, which is a real drawback in my opinion. Still, if you want to migrate your site, this might serve as a dual-purpose solution in the interim.
8) Online Backup for WordPress
If you want to make sure your backups are safe and secure, Online Backup for WordPress is still another free plugin option. It actually encrypts your backup data so that it is secure when being transferred during uploads and downloads. It maintains a backup of your database and files that can be sent to either your email, a folder on your site’s server, or one of Backup Technology’s data centers, which offer 100MB of free storage space.
You can set up daily or weekly backups, download these backups via zip file whenever you want, select which files you specifically want to backup, exclude spam comments from backups, and more.
9) WordPress Backup to Dropbox
You might also want to try WordPress Backup for Dropbox, although I would say that this isn’t a solution for those that currently or would like to use Dropbox but it performs this function pretty flawlessly. You can schedule backups to automatically upload to your Dropbox account. You can backup your database and files.
A few premium extensions are available too but none offer a restore from backup feature, unfortunately.
WP-DB-Backup is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins, especially in the blogosphere. It recently reached more than 2 Million downloads! However, this plugin is quite different from other plugins, in the sense that it only backups your WordPress database, unlike the other plugins which backup your other files.
This is an excellent plugin, if you do not update a site too often or do not upload images, then you can use WP-DB-Backup as your primary WordPress backup plugin, but for the files… you need to backup them manually.
Some people do not have the rights tools for accessing phpMyAdmin to backup WordPress database manually, so it can be used as an alternative.
In this guide, I have showed you the best backup plugin for WordPress (not true, actually 10 of them, both free and paid), and how you can use their awesome power on your WordPress website. Now your website’s data can be stored safely without you worrying about it, some plugins even provide schedule backups!
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