Top 10 Best WordPress Backup Plugins 2017
What do you do if anything wrong happens to your WordPress blog? What will be the next step you take to fix the problem?
If you ask this question to me, I will answer without a second thought that I use WordPress backup plugin or service to restore the blog to its previous state. That sums it all! Taking backups is important.
Being a WordPress user is sheer pleasure. You don’t have to rack your brain much when it comes to geeky tasks like taking WordPress backups. All you should do is delegating the work to a plugin, sit back and it will backup your site automatically.
There is a lot of free and paid best WordPress backup plugins available.
Why Should You Use WordPress Backup Plugin or Service?
WordPress CMS is the most user friendly and easy to manage platform but still, we face many issues. For instance, a plugin or theme update could break your website and make it inaccessible. Wrong modification in PHP files also can do the same. Latest updates in server side can create problems and so on.
No matter you edit WordPress core files or anything else, it is recommended to create regular backups of your WordPress site to come up any headaches. Here are few reasons to clarify why it’s a good practice;
- You can restore site if something happens wrong
- To protect your blog from hacking, if it get hacked you can restore
- It help migration from one server to another
- Data protection if hosting server compromised by hackers or any physical damage
- Updates can break as mentioned earlier, so restoration is much easier with backup plugin or service
- Are you a coding geek and loves to code more often? A wrong syntax could entirely break your WordPress site. So, you should implement backup practice
- And last but not least, it’s peace of mind 🙂
Best WordPress Backup Plugins to Secure Your Website Contents
So now, you ask the question, ‘which is the best WP backup plugin?’
I have listed down ten of the best backup plugins for WordPress here. You can check it out and choose one that suits you the best.
VaultPress is one of my favorite backup plugins to create automatic backups of the WordPress site and right now I am using it for MyTipsHub. It is developed by Automattic, the team behind WordPress.
They don’t offer any free service, so you to buy paid subscription to get benefits. There are three plans (Personal at $3.50/mo, Premium at $9/mo, and Professional at $29/mo) offered by VaultPress that comes with different features. Each plan includes unlimited data storage, priority technical support, spam protections from spam and comments, and one-click site migration features.
Each plan includes unlimited data storage, priority technical support, comments and spam protections, and one-click site migration feature. The very basic plan “Personal” is suitable for small and new websites to take backups and cost you only $3.50 per month which is quite affordable.
The configuration procedure is user friendly; you just have to sign up for VaultPress through your WordPress.com account. After signup, provide WordPress login details or enter FTP credentials to connect your hosting server with VaultPress server and you’re ready to go.
It allows manual and daily automatic site scan for malware and viruses to protect your site from any suspicious activities. But on-demand scanning allowed in “Professional” plan however daily scanning perform in “Premium” package. So, to get daily malware scans, you have to optin for at least “Premium” plan instead of relying on “Personal”. With Professional package subscription, it stores unlimited backup copies whereas it’s limited to 30 days for the Personal and Premium plan.
Along with the dedicated options on your admin panel, you can control and configure the backups from your dashboard on VaultPress site. One of the best thing about this WordPress backup plugin is you don’t have to go through a series of complicated steps to connect a cloud storage service to your blog for storing the files. VaultPress comes up with their own storage space to host your backup files.
You can download individual/complete backup file anytime you want; be it themes, plugins or the database itself. Once you have multiple files, you will see a list of them and can restore any file you want. It won’t take much time to restore a backup other than a few clicks.
CodeGuard is another free and paid WordPress backup service provider out there. A free account allows you create backups with the maximum storage of 1 GB. So, it’s a good choice for starter websites or sites having little content. If you’re a blogger and started your site recently then rather than going with a paid WordPress backup service, go with CodeGuard.
The installation and activation procedure is quite simple, you can install their WordPress backup plugin or simply input your web hosting account’s login detail to connect hosting server with CodeGuard’s service. Personally, I recommend using FTP integration as it creates backup much faster than the plugin.
I am using them for some of my sites and quite satisfied. If you are a professional blogger then using free service isn’t recommended at least from my perspective. Why not invest on money making blog? Isn’t good if you use premium backup service to protect your site content from any unpleasant situation?
The site restoration procedure is also very easy, you just have to press few clicks for restoration. You can choose any date for restoration or download backed up contents. When you request for restoration, it takes some time and upon completing restoration process, they send an email to notify you that you’re ready for revert process.
In a nutshell, you should give them a try and subscribe paid service to get unique and premium features which are not available in free accounts such as priority technical support to fix any issue and longer backups retaining.
If you don’t mind investing in your online business for the future-proof guarantee, you can try out BackUpBuddy WordPress plugin. So far, it’s one of the most popular premium WordPress backup plugins.
I hope you heard about iThemes Security, a security plugin for WordPress. The same team developed BackupBuddy.
You get the opportunity to back up your files into cloud storage services like Dropbox, Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud. It is possible to get the files right into your email inbox as well. BackupBuddy gives you another option to store the data in their own cloud storage space called Stash.
The convenience is at its best with BackupBuddy. You get to choose different schedules for different types of files on your website. Means you can set daily backups for the database, weekly backups for plugins and monthly backups for your media files.
BackupBuddy can also take in charge of a security plugin as it helps you scan for malware and glitches in the database. The repair tool comes very handy in keeping your WP database clean. Another extra tool is mass text replacement tool for databases, which you find useful if you are a developer.
The BackupBuddy’s cloud storage service has a limit of 1 GB. You get it without spending even a dime. When you need to take a backup, log into your dashboard, choose the items you want to backup, select the location into which the files are saved and then, you are good to go.
They have four plans under their belt. The basic one named as “Blogger” costs you $80 per year with a license to backup one site and 10 iThemes Sync sites.
4. Updraft Plus
Don’t have enough money to afford paid backup service? Here comes free WordPress plugin to create backups. I know you may be running on a shoelace budget. You don’t have to worry about it, though. Updraft Plus comes in both free and premium versions.
The best thing about Updraft Plus is that you can set up an automatic backup schedule in connection with your Google Drive or any other cloud storage services.
Once you check the download page on WordPress repository, you will know it is a popular plugin with 1+ million active installs and 4.8 rating.
It supports almost all the cloud storage services. Moreover, you can restore the backup within the matter of a few seconds. Updraft Plus supports backup files from other major plugins like BackWPUp, Simple Backup, WordPress Backup To Dropbox, and BackupWordPress.
The duplicator is a feature inside the plugin, which you can use when you migrate from one web host to another. It clones all your files and transfers the same to another location. You can even trigger the backing up processes with the help of the dashboard called Updraft Central.
The premium version doesn’t hold a size limit. If your site’s files have high size, the plugin will split the archive without harming the core.
In any case, the backup process stops, it will resume from the exact place where the error occurs. If you don’t like backing up to a cloud storage, you can download the zipped archives right from your dashboard itself.
Every time when it backups up your site, you will get a notification via email. The plugin is completely compatible with multi-site installs and you can encrypt the backups for enhanced security as well.
The premium plugin comes in three different plans starting from $70 per year and allows upto 2 websites. With premium plans, you get 1 GB free UpDraftVault storage, customer support, and access to all plugins for one year.
I totally get it! You are a new blogger who has not a hundred dollars to invest in a backup service. That’s why I have included this one, BackWPup.
Once you install this plugin on your blog, you get a seamless way to backup your site. The plugin makes it a walk in the park.
You can back up the entire site with database and media files. Of course, it comes up with both automatic and manual methods. For manually backing up your site, you have to go through a few steps from your admin panel.
When it comes to automatic backups, you need to choose the things you want in backups, the file type and the location only. All the process will be taken care of by the plugin itself.
Most of the backup plugins create files in zip extension. If you don’t like to get backup files as a zip file, you can choose from tar, tar.bz2 or tar.gz format.
The automatic process can be scheduled as a weekly or monthly span. And, it supports cloud storage services like Dropbox, RackSpaceCloud, S3, Google Drive, SugarSync and more.
In order to ease the restoration, the developers have included a tool. The process has been made simple by the short steps in the same.
Along with the backing up facility, you will have options to scan and repair your WP site database. If you are afraid that you miss the names of plugin once you restore the backup, BackWPup kicks away from your worries as it can generate a file of plugins list.
You can also set emails to be sent to you with logs and backup files as well. There is also a premium version available starting from $69 per year which is suitable for 1 domain name.
The name says it all! Duplicator helps you clone or duplicate an entire WordPress website. You can directly install the plugin from your admin dashboard.
More than 900k+ downloads and a 4.9-star rating give an idea about how efficient the plugin is. Yeah, it is a robust solution to backing up your website for preventing the panic from an unexpected issue.
Duplicator is not really a feature-packed backup plugin. People use it the most for migrating WordPress sites between domains or web hosts. As it includes everything from a WP site into the backup files, you can get the same site on a different server or host no matter the size of the data.
We can’t do experiments on our site every time. Some sensitive tests may render errors. That’s why people use the local host for development. Duplicator can be used to pull down a live site for development using local host.
Another method of testing features is to have a staging area. The plugin comes to your rescue in this segment as well. You can transfer an entire site to a staging area and do the exact reverse process too, with the help of Duplicator.
Unfortunately, the free version of the plugin doesn’t come up with advanced features like scheduled backups, cloud storage services integration, multisite support and email notifications. If you really want those features, you can go for their premium version.
The plugin page on the wordpress.com warns the users with a caution that using the plugin for migration requires above average technical skill. In case you are not a geek in the subject, I recommend using a simpler solution or seeking the help of a professional.
7. SnapShot Pro
Snapshot Pro is another premium WordPress backup plugin developed by WPMUDEV team. This tool is not available as a single product. You have to purchase a premium WPMUDEV membership to get your hands on all of their themes and plugins.
Once you upload the zipped file of the plugin and activate it, you will get a new menu on the admin dashboard named Snapshot. There, you can specify everything related to the plugin like backup WordPress database, destination folder name for backups, memory limit, segment size, compression type, etc.
Yeah, you can trigger automatic updates and integrates it to any of the popular cloud storage services. Given that cloud storage cost you some extra amount, you can save the backup files in the space given by WPMUDEV itself.They offer 10 GB of free cloud space for each of their customer which is enough for medium and small websites.
They offer 10 GB of free cloud space for each of their customer which is enough for medium and small websites. If you have many websites and want more data storage then additional 100 GB can be availed by paying $10 per month.
You can analyze the usage of the free space from the dedicated dashboard assigned to you on their website. On the plugin settings, each backup is called as a snapshot. You can store as many snapshots as you like.
Under the settings, you get an option to include and exclude individual items in your backup file. And, it is possible to delete previous backups once a new file is created. You can save ample amount of space this way.
The homepage of the plugin lists out all your backup files. You can simply time-travel with the cost of a few clicks from there to roll your site back to a previous state. You can also avail downloadable log files to keep track of each backup process.
As far as the pricing goes, you have to spend a monthly amount of $49. It is possible to cancel the membership anytime you want. They give a trial period of 14 days for you to test their products.
Next up on our list of best WordPress backup plugins is BackUpWordPress. What an appropriate name that suits the context!
BackUpWordPress has accumulated over 200,000 installs and 800+ five-star rating as well. Taking the opinion of the people who used the plugin in the past, all I can say is ‘go get it.’
You can install the plugin for free of cost from the WordPress directory. Even if you like the manual way of uploading zipped files, it won’t take much time as the file is only 512 KB in size.
One shouldn’t be a coding geek or developer or even a WP expert to master in the process of backing up using this plugin. Provided that no setup is required, you can back it up like a walk in the park.
Before you go on and install this plugin, I have a warning. Make sure you have PHP version 5.3.2 or later. It is unlikely for an active WP site today to have an older version of PHP. Still, I want you to be on the safe side.
The biggest problem of backup plugins is their heavy memory usage. It may even make your site go down in the case of shared hosting plans. On the contrary, BackUpWordPress exhausts very less memory that you will not have to encounter downtimes.
Yes, you can schedule the backups and even select the files to be included into the end-file. For the faster backup, the plugin uses mysqldump format along with zip. Translations for a bunch of languages are also available.
You can download the backup file from your dashboard or even set it up to get as emails. Still, the cloud integration is the lost key. A paid extension is necessary for you to have the feature.
BlogVault is the next in this list of best WordPress backup plugins.
Although this one hasn’t achieved half a million downloads like some other plugins in this list do, I am sure that it can satisfy your backup needs.
The download count is 10,000+ and 4.3-star rating as well. I don’t think these figures are a spoiler alert.
The best thing about blogVault is it doesn’t use on-site storage to save the backup files. You have to specify a destination to store them. Meaning you don’t have to worry about running out of storage on your sever.
You can schedule automatic daily updates to get away with the headache of taking them manually. And, the progress of each backing up process can be tracked from your blogVault dashboard as well.
Unlike some plugins that backsups only the database, blogVault stores everything including your images, posts, database, files, and comments. It has a test backup feature, using which you can check whether a backup file is corrupted or not before restoring it.
You can avail the backup archive for 30 days. And, the cloud storage service integration is also available. blogVault doesn’t take the complete backup of your site every time. The full backup is taken only the first time. From then, the changes from the primary backup will be noted and stored.
The plugin comes with three different plans; free, plus and pro. When you choose to go with their premium plan, you can get seven days money back guarantee. If you are not happy with their service, you can get your money back within a week.
Chances are you have experienced problems with automatic backups (not backing up as per the schedule). In order to prevent such a situation, blogVault has added a backup monitoring facility.
10. MyRepono WordPress Backup Plugin
What if you are not just a WordPress blogger? What if you have sites on other platforms?
It will surely be a costly affair to go for multiple backup methods for the sites based on the platform. If you are suffering from this dilemma, I have got the good news.
MyRepono supports all the platforms. You can take backups of any of your site despite the platform it is on. But you have to purchase their premium plan for that.
Yeah, you can avail a limited backup service using their free plugin. You decide the type of backup. It is possible to backup a single file, a directory, and the database as well.
Scheduled automatic backups are available using which you can trigger it every hour, day, week or month. The best thing about MyRepono is the availability of storage space. You have to be their premium customer to get that, though.
You can manage your backups from your blog dashboard and the dedicated panel on MyRepono site too. It is possible to backup an unlimited number of websites. And, that makes MyRepono the ultimate backing up solution.
The plugin uses two types of encryption methods (256 bits and AES) to keep your backups secure. And, the files are automatically compressed for saving the storage space.
They don’t charge a fixed amount. You pay for the space you use. Means the cost will be more for a big website and less for a small one.
11. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
I know you guessed it. You need a Dropbox account to run this plugin effectively. The maximum free space one can get on a Dropbox account is 2 GB. That means you should spend money for backups above that size.
If you are looking for a plug-and-play method of backing up your WordPress site, I can’t recommend anything other than WordPress Backup to DropBox. It only has a single settings page where you can connect to your Dropbox, choose the items to backup, schedule the process and save changes.
Once you configure it, the process will go on forever. But you have to make sure that your Dropbox account has free space. The plugin is a popular one with more than 100,000 active installs. You need PHP version 5.2.16 or higher with cURL support. In order to ensure the same, you can check with your web host support team.
It is possible to store the backup files on your server along with the Dropbox account as well. Though it can back up all your files and databases, there’s no option for the restoration. But you can manually restore WordPress database and all other content files of your website.
The plugin has some paid extensions. Still, they didn’t include one to restore the backup. But it’s a free yet good WordPress database backup and restore plugin for users having no money to protect their WP sites.
So, you have got ten of the best WordPress backup plugins now.
I can’t recommend one here given that all of you have different needs and budget. If budget isn’t your problem, I recommend VaultPress as the best one among the lot.
And, I personally like using Updraft Plus as the free plugin for backups.
It’s up to you now. Read this again and compare the features with your needs. If you are ready to invest, you can rule out the free items.
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