Recently, I was writing about how to choose CMS for business and one of the important criteria to choose a CMS was the ability to backup data.
WordPress is one of the most famous CMS out there. Sadly, it does not come up with core backup functionality. This means that you need to take the advantage of the premium backup features offered by the various backup plugins created for WordPress.
But the fundamental question is why backup the WordPress installation?
The answer lies in the nature of the software solutions that we use for the daily purpose. Hackers are unruly, and there is no software solution that is 100% secure. You may not want to wake up one day and see that your website is hacked, and there is no trace of data left in the database.
Also Read: How to Detect Malicious Code in WordPress?
No one wants this scenario, and this is where the concept of backing up important website files such as database, plugins, themes files and other configuration files, comes up. Without wasting much time, let’s move on to the best WordPress Backup Plugins.
Best WordPress Backup Plugins
1. UpDraftPlus Backup and Restoration
UpDraftPlus is one of the best WordPress backup plugins in the WordPress marketplace. Reason? It offers a free service and comes with the support of different storage locations. The plugin enables you to back up your website to the cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3 and many more.
For example, I am using the Google Drive(free) to backup important files/database to the cloud backup service.
The base features comes at no cost, but you may have to buy some of its premium add-ons with better features and functionality. The free feature will get your started, and if you have a big WordPress website, you may want to opt for the add-ons that are available at a good price.
Premium services are there for a reason. They offer better functionality, features and other tons of options. VaultPress is one of the prime examples of best-paid backup service for the WordPress. To get started you need only $5 per month, and moreover, it is built by the same guys who built WordPress, i.e., the team at Automatic.
Subscription-based backup services are much more reliable than the free ones. Once you decide to get hold of VaultPress, installation takes only minutes.
To make sure that malicious code or vulnerability doesn’t get backed up with the WordPress website, they offer security scans.
Pricing is different according to the usage. The VaultPress team also provides security bundles. The bundles are more focused on the one-stop solution and is great for large websites or multiple sites.
Other key features of VaultPress include daily scans and report generation. The plugin can also be configured for taking automated backups and restoration is quite easy.
BackupBuddy is yet another WordPress paid backup plugin that offers great backup features. The plugin is available from iThemes, and they are renowned in WordPress plugin creation.
The plugin offers vital backup features such as automatic backups, scheduling of backups. You can also choose which files to backup and the result is the peace of mind.
For example, you can opt to backup the database daily and the plugin/theme files on the weekly basis. (I follow this convention in many of my websites).
Just like VaultPress, the plugin also offers database scans, repair and malware scans so that the backups stay away from any malicious code.
After listing two premium options, a free backup plugin, BackWPUp plugin takes hold of the fourth place. BackWPUp is a popular free option for backing up your website. This means you can easily automate your WordPress backups and restore as needed.
It comes with daily or automatic backups and support major online cloud storage services such as S3, Dropbox, Google Drive and more. Customization features are good as you can choose the format in which the backups should be stored. You can also opt for selective backups, and that makes the plugin quite useful to be true.
If you are looking for a good customer support, you have to use their premium version(BackWPUp Pro). As you would have guessed until now, it offers better features than the free version, and this would be no surprise to anyone. The premium version starts at $75 per year which is competitive pricing considering the other two backup plugins.
5. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
If you are looking for a simple plugin that just backups your WordPress website into Dropbox, then this plugin for WordPress backup is for you. The plugin is one of the best options for simplistic backup. You can, of course, change the frequency at which the website or data is backed up.
The storage limit depends on your Dropbox account and you just need to increase your Dropbox storage to incorporate it.
6. WordPress Backup & Clone Master
WordPress Backup and Clone Master is a premium plugin that is available from CodeCanyon. At the time of writing, the plugin is currently trending. For users like you, it has one more benefit than the backup, Clone Master. The clone master can be used to copy your website quickly to other hosting or move from a local development environment to production environment.
The key features of the plugin are auto upload to Dropbox, downloading critical files to a local environment(PC), sending regular backups to emails and much more.
You can also choose your server for storing backups. It also supports other cloud storage such as Google Drive and much more. The most important feature of WordPress Backup and Clone Master is the ability to work in a multi-site network.
Overall, the plugin is great, and it can be yours for just $33. The most brilliant aspect of the plugin is the cloning ability, and it is not a bad idea to have one for emergency purposes (for example when the hosting is infected, you might want to move on to the new hosting, etc.)
The database is the real game changer when it comes to backing up your website. WP-DB-Backup is one such plugin that can help you backup your database.
Many can see this as a drawback as it only support database backup, but there can be scenarios when you might only need to get the backup of the database. There are many webmasters who will conquer to the fact that not everyone is interested in complete site backup.
Another fact that it has been downloaded more than 2 million helps you to form the opinion that only database backups can work. If you are not an advanced user and don’t know what you are doing, I would recommend against using this plugin.
BackupWordPress is yet another free WordPress plugin that helps you to backup your entire WordPress website with a single click. The plugin also supports automation and scheduling. The plugin has over 2 Lakhs active installs and is one of the popular choices for the WordPress users.
You can also opt for email backup option that enable backups to be sent to your email address.
Over To You
Why use WordPress plugins to backup your website/data? The reason is simple; the hosting backups are not reliable in most cases. The hosting backups are done according to their rules, and there can be a conflict in your requirements. That’s why it is always a good idea to backup your website with the help of the plugins and use service when required.
The motive of using the WordPress backup plugins is to automate the process of backing up critical data or a complete WordPress website. With both free and paid backup plugins covered, it is up to you to decide on which one to use. Free plugins are not useless; they offer great features too. Premium plugins or services, on the other hand, provides better stability and instant support than free plugins.
Do comment below which WordPress backup plugin you are using? We are eager to hear your choice. Also share your experiences when it comes to backup disaster. There is a lot to learn from failure.