Creating regular WordPress backups is the most important things you can do to guard against losing all your data. It gives you a peace of mind and can save you in a situations when your site gets hacked or server crash. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent free and paid backup plugins for WordPress, and most of them are easy to use. It will back up your posts, pages, products, and whatever else you have on your site.
Some people prefer to do manual backups because you have direct control over what’s backed up and what isn’t. It’s also a good way to absolutely ensure your backup solution is working. The WordPress Codex offers in-depth instructions for how to backup your site manually.
Here’s are some of the best backup plugins to help you prevent losing information and to keep your site up and live.
Vaultpress is an automatic real-time cloud backup solution for WordPress which was founded by Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder) and his team at Automattic. And it’s more than just a WordPress backup system, as it scans your file for any viruses, malware and VaultPress security team will ensure that if something goes wrong, they will always help you out.
VaultPress is a subscription based service with different plans and pricing, the lowest plan starting at $5 / month (which is good for most websites). Setting up VaultPress and restoring from backups is just a matter of clicks.
BackupBuddy is the most popular premium backup plugin made by iThemes that offers a comprehensive solution for WordPress site owners. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups and store them in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.
The biggest advantage of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription based service. You can expect to pay an annual fee of $80 to backup two sites, $100 to backup 10 sites, and $150 to backup an unlimited number of sites. There’s also BackupBuddy Gold, which lets you backup unlimited sites, receive a lifetime of updates, and a year of ticketed support for $297.
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration is one of the most popular free backup plugins available for WordPress. You can use Updraft to back up your files to the cloud via Amazon S3, as well as other popular online file storage solutions including Google Drive, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, and DreamObjects. You can also backup your files to the server of your choice with an FTP transfer.
UpdraftPlus is also offered as a premium version. That gives you a gigabyte of backup storage on the Updraft Vault, additional backup options (including Microsoft OneDrive, SCP, WebDAV, and OpenStack Swift), secure FTP, the ability to clone databases, automatic backup when updating WordPress themes, and the ability to send backups to remote destinations. The premium version costs between $70 and $145, depending upon how many sites you’re planning on installing the plugin.
BackUpWordPress is another very popular plugin that lets you back up your WordPress site automatically. It allows you to create different schedules for your database and files. It’s easy to set up and user-friendly. If you want to store your backups on Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, etc, then you will need to purchase a premium extension for it.
BackWPup is a free plugin that allows you to schedule automatic backups according to your site’s update frequency. You can store it on the cloud (Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, etc), FTP, email, or on your computer. It is extremely easy to backup your site and restoring a your site from the backup.
The BackWPup Pro version comes with priority support, ability to store backups on Google Drive, and some other cool features.
Duplicator is a popular WordPress plugin used to migrate WordPress sites. It duplicates your entire WordPress site and you can use it as a backup solution. This plugin gives you the opportunity to migrate, copy, or clone your entire site from one location to another.
It does not allow you to create automated scheduled backups, which is a real drawback.