Lets imagine you’ve had your WordPress website/blog up and running for some time now. Everything goes well, but one day something that you have not expected happens.
Someone might have hacked into your WordPress install, the server might have crashed etc. And all your data might have been lost.
So what can you do to prevent such a thing?
This is where backup plugins come into the scenery. There are lots of free and paid plugins for WordPress that help you back up your site into the most recent version.
Here we are going to take a look into the 10 best WordPress backup plugins that you MUST know about.
VaultPress was created by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg and his team at Automatic. And now VaultPress is part of Jetpack.
This plugin is offered as both free and paid. The paid version is a subscription based service with plans that range from $3.50 – $29/month.
It includes both file and database backups. These backups get updated in real-time and saved on the cloud.
Restoring your data is quick and easy. Without the need of your web host, since the data is saved on the cloud by VaultPress.
What I personally like about VaultPress is that it has a built-in malware protection system.
How does it protect my site from malware?
Well, VaultPress automatically scans and fixes issues with all the dangerous files it finds.
And it also includes a spam defense feature, by blocking spammers. Thus helping with SEO as well.
BackupBuddy for today is the most popular backup plugin for WordPress.
- Full website backup (WP + database files)
- Backup schedules
- Off-site storage
- Easy site restore/migration
The files are saved off-site on services like: BackupBuddy Stash, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
It has a subscription based pricing system ranging from $80 to $297 per year. And if you decide to buy the “Gold” plan, you get a lifetime free access to 1GB space of the Stash storage service.
What about Multisites?
Even thought you can use BackupBuddy Multisite, it is still in the experimental phase. So it is not recommended to use on live sites.
One thing you should note:
If you have altered the location or changed the name of the wp-content folder, BackupBuddy wont be able to properly backup or move your site.
Below you can watch a quick preview of the plugin:
This is another popular backup plugin with over 400,000 active installs.
WP-DB-Backup, as the name suggests, offers only database backups. Which is why, if you need to have a complete website backup, you need to backup the files manually.
What you should keep in mind is that, this plugin only restores the core WP database files. So if you have a plugin that stores additional data on the database, you wont be able to get them back.
That being said, I put it in this list because it’s free and really easy to use.
This plugin features a full-website backup, including all the WP files, media files, themes, databases etc.
- Super simple to use
- Works in low memory, “shared host” environments.
- Manage multiple schedules.
- Option to have each backup file emailed to you.
- Can exclude files and folders from your backups.
- Translations for multiple languages.
BackUpWordPress stores the last 10 backups by default. And the backups get stored in the /wp-content/backups/ directory.
And on top of all of these features, this plugin cost nothing to use.
5. WP Database Backup/WP All Backup
This plugin has two versions:
- WP Database Backup
- WP All Backup
WP Database Backup is the free version, which includes only database backups and restorations.
WP All Backup is the PRO version of the plugin. This version offers a complete backup (files + database) for a yearly fee of $22.
On both of these versions, the backups can be stored on off-site locations like: Amazon S3, Google Drive, DropBox etc.
What’s neat about this plugin is the option to store all your backups to a FTP folder on your server.
6. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
This is the highest rated backup plugin in the WP plugin directory. Rated at 4.8 stars and with more than 900,000 active installs.
Backups get stored in the cloud: Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, UpdraftPlus Vault and email.
The premium version also offers backups in other services like: OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV.
To get the premium version you have to pay a price ranging from $70 to $140, depending on the number of managed sites.
7. myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin
myRepono is a commercial remote backup service. The payment method is different than other plugins.
myRepono uses a pay-as-you-go balance system. At first you receive $5 to get started with. And it last for a while, since you can pay as low as 2 cent per day.
Those 2 cents per day get you around 75 MB of backup data per day.
You can backup unlimited WordPress installations, including all files and databases.
To manage the backups you need to access the web-based management tool.
Duplicator also comes in two versions, the free and PRO versions.
The free one offers full website backups by bundling a package of all your website and database files.
This package can then be used to restore your site to any location.
The Pro version comes with extra features such as:
- Scheduled backups
- Cloud Storage
- Multisite (MU) support
- Connect to cPanel directly from installer
- Email notifications
- Professional support
XCloner is designed to work with PHP/MySql websites. But it has been integrated for WordPress as a native plugin.
This plugin was created to generate backups through custom admin inputs.
Then restore the clone on any specific location using the automatic restore script it provides.
- Backup and Restore
- Custom backups
- Generate automatic backups
- Restore backups anywhere
- Share custom backups with anyone
10. WordPress Backup to DropBox
This plugin offers a simple solution to backup all your website data and files to DropBox.
You can choose in what directory the files should be stored within your DropBox account as well.
The core of WordPress Backup to DropBox is free to use, but if you want extra functionalities, you need to buy the premium extensions it offers.
Which WordPress database backup plugin you should get?
Well, this is up to you.
These were some of the best WordPress backup plugins you can use for your website. But the choice should be made by you. Considering what amount of money can you spend (if any at all) or what functionalities you need.
As always, I hope you enjoyed this article and leave a comment for any question you might have.