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WordPress Backups Made Easy
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Last Updated on August 5, 2019
Regardless of how well you maintain your site and how great a hosting company you use, there will be a time when you need to go back to a previous version of your site. And woe is the webmaster who doesn’t have a back-up when they need it.
Luckily, WordPress makes back-ups fairly easy. And WordPress plugins make them a cinch.
There are many options available, here’s our shortlist of the best:
UpdraftPlus: a great free back-up plugin. Whoever said there was no such thing as a free lunch had never been introduced to UpdraftPlus.
Its free version allows you to schedule periodic back-ups to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other services. For most webmasters, that’s all you will ever need.
But if you would like to migrate your WordPress install, then you need to get the premium version. It includes a lot of other bells and whistles too. And the cost is quite reasonable.
BackWPup: a complete back-up plugin. Like UpdraftPlus, it allows you to schedule back-ups and deliver them to various storage sites.
However, in order to save to Google Drive, you will need to upgrade to the PRO version. But even the free version contains some interesting features like database optimization.
BackupBuddy: the most popular of the commercial back-up plugins for WordPress. It allows you to do pretty much anything you want. In particular, it allows you to schedule periodic back-ups and store them on popular storage sites like Dropbox.
BackupBuddy can also be used to migrate your site, which is great for those times when you move hosts.
XCloner: a plugin for both WordPress and Joomla!
It has a nice collection of features, including support for just about every storage service you’ve ever heard of. This is well worth a serious look.
VaultPress: the back-up part of Jetpack. It isn’t free, but it is still worth a look.
The basic plan is quite affordable — roughly half the price the paid versions of UpdraftPlus and BackWPup. And it provides its own, unlimited, off site storage space.
If you are willing to pay a bit more, it offers realtime back-ups, which are extremely valuable if you have a site that is updated throughout the day.
WP Database Backup
WP Database Backup: not nearly as limited as you might think. Although this plugin only backs-up your database files, it provides a great many options outside of that. In particular, it allows you to back-up to Dropbox, FTP, email, Google Drive, and Amazon S3.
And if you really want to do a complete site back-up, you can get the premium version, which is extremely inexpensive. This one is well worth looking into.
Also see: WP-DB-Backup: this is a relatively simple back-up system, but well worth checking out. It will back-up your core WordPress tables (that is, no plugin data and so on). And then it will send you the back-up data via email, so you don’t need to worry whether or not you got all your files; you can easily check yourself.
One thing about WP-DB Backup is that it isn’t updated often. But it still works and seems to be updated as often as necessary.
Duplicator: a back-up plugin that does it all. Whether you will want to use it will depend on your needs. The free version allows you to migrate your WordPress site. But it does not allow you to back-up onto Dropbox and Google Drive — you will need the premium version for that.
It is also considered (by the author) to be fairly complicated. So it is probably best used by more technically sophisticated users.
BlogVault: a full-featured plugin for WordPress. It isn’t cheap, but it offers some great features like realtime back-ups. It offers all the other things you would expect like site migration. The one downside is that it only does off-site back-ups to Dropbox.
If Dropbox is your preferred storage system, that’s great. But if it isn’t, you might want to look at something like UpdraftPlus.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
WordPress Backup to Dropbox: as the name implies, this back-up system stores back-ups on Dropbox. There aren’t a lot of options with this application, but it is straightforward.
Most people just want a system that allows them to back-up their files on a particular schedule to a particular place. If Dropbox is your preferred place, this is a good choice.
To a large extent, what back-up system you choose will depend on your particular needs. It really is worth looking at each of these plugins to see what is right for you. It will likely save you money, and more important, headaches in the future.
Furthermore, there are dozens of hosts who offer automated backups alongside the plugins described above. Some hosts which offer these automated, free backups are:
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