If there’s one thing to never forget when having a website is backups. It might mean the difference between keeping your business online or losing it forever when something unexpected happens.
WordPress, being the robust platform that it is, has made it extremely easy to backup your site. I’m talking about plugins, of course. Sure, you may have backups with your hosting provider or something like that, but check out this article that we made explaining why that might not be enough.
With the hundreds of backup plugins out there, it may be hard to find the best one, or a more common theme is that you don’t know what you’re missing. In this article, we’ve done the hard work, we’ve listed out the best backup plugins out there and what they offer.
So let’s dive right into it.
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What Should You Look for in a WordPress Backup Plugin?
There are so many WordPress plugins for backing up your site. So how can you know which to choose?
Here are some factors to consider before you decide.
Look at how much data the plugin can store. Some plugins offer just partial backups of your WordPress database while others give you complete backups. The latter involves backing up your whole website as well as your database and WordPress files, like posts, pages, media files, plugins, and themes.
Automation and Frequency
Another thing to take note of is if the plugin offers scheduled backups, which is when you trigger the plugin to automatically store your data periodically. Depending on the plugin, you can do this to cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive.
You may also want to consider a plugin with incremental backups, which means only your changes will be backed up. This can drastically help reduce the load on the server.
The price you’re willing to pay will, theoretically, determine the quality and features your plugin has.
If you’re on a budget, you may not be able to get all of the features backup plugins can offer. Fortunately, there are plenty of free plugins with useful features. But if you can stretch that budget just a little, you may be able to get a plugin that’s a complete package of everything you need.
The whole point of backing up your website is so that you can easily retrieve the data if something goes wrong. That’s why your backup plugin should have a one-click restore option. It needs to be simple to bring back your site if needed.
If you think you’ll ever transfer your WordPress site to another host or website builder, you’ll want a plugin that supports migration. Migrating is different than simply restoring your site — migration involves changing the domain name and initiating a find-and-replace in phpMyAdmin. So it’s best to find a plugin that can do this smoothly.
Top 10 WordPress Backup Plugins
Knowing which backup plugin to use for your WordPress site can be a little overwhelming. So let’s go through the top 10 and you can pick the one that fits your needs.
UpdraftPlus is definitely the most popular backup plugin for WordPress — there are currently more than 2 million websites using it.
Why do people love it? Here are some of the reasons why:
- It lets you do a complete backup of your site
- You can store that backup on the cloud or to your computer
- The plugin can do scheduled and immediate backups
- Choose which files will be backed up
- Easily restore backups from the admin panel
And the best thing about UpdraftPlus is that it’s free.
This plugin has a premium version with features like site migration, clone websites, search and replace, multisite support, priority customer support, and many more. And you can buy UpdraftPlus Premium for $70.
BackWPup is another free WordPress plugin that offers complete backups and storage on the cloud, on your computer, via email or FTP. You can also schedule backups based on how often your site is updated.
The thing that stands out about this plugin is its ease-of-use. More than 600,000 websites also use this plugin, so lots of people love it.
The free plugin is available to download on WordPress.org. Whereas premium BackWPup costs you $69 per year.
The WPvivid plugin allows you to backup, restore, and migrate, all for free. You can automate the backups, restore with one click, and use the cloud for storage.
The free version is great, but there’s also a premium version, WPvivid Backup Pro, that has a lot more customization options. It includes features that allow you to create staging sites, do incremental backups, and display only certain sections/features based on the user’s roles.
WPvivid is a one-time payment of $99 after your 14-day free trial.
Total Upkeep is a plugin by BoldGrid, the website builder powered by WordPress. It’s an automated backup plugin that allows you to easily restore your site after a crash or migrate your site to a new host. You can also complete manual backups with one click.
“Automated backup,” in this case, means that this plugin auto backs up before each update. And if the update fails, the plugin will revert your site to the previous backup. In other words, it provides extra layers of surety.
It does cost $2.50 a month, so it only makes sense if your WordPress site is making a regular income.
With the free version of the BackupGuard, you can backup, restore, and save your WordPress site to the cloud. You can also choose which files, folders, and database to back up as well as exclude any paths or log files.
With the premium version, you can migrate your WordPress site, schedule multiple backups at a time, and decide how many backups you want to keep on your server.
BackupGuard costs as little as $25 a year up to $99 a year.
BlogVault claims a 100% success rate with website restorations and it says it’s the fastest backup plugin out there. The free version gives you incremental backups, cloud storage, and even a one-click staging environment.
It’s worth checking out as there are nearly half a million sites backed up with this plugin. They also over support in case you run into any issues or questions.
Premium BlogVault costs anywhere from $7.40 a month (one personal site) up to $149 a month (Advanced plan for developers with up to 20 sites).
Jetpack is probably the most well-known plugin on this list, and for good reason. The co-founder of WordPress developed this backup plugin with his team at Automattic.
This plugin offers a lot, but the thing that stands out is its backup features. You get automatic backups in real-time, and it’s the perfect plugin if you already need its other services.
The downside is that it will cost a few dollars per month and depending on your plan, your backups may only be stored for 30 days.
To use Jetpack’s backup premium service, you need to pay as little as $3.50 a month.
8. Backup Bank
The Backup Bank plugin lets you download your backups to your computer, store them on a server, email them to you, or put them on Dropbox.
You can backup files, folder, databases, and with plenty of customizable options. It lets you restore specific previous versions or files that have been lost, changed, or damaged. And you can choose your compression file type (.Tar, .Zip, Tar.Gzip, and Tar.BZip2).
You can get Backup Bank Pro for just under $33 a year.
The list of free features you get with WP Database Backup is exhaustive, so it’s a good option if you’re on a budget. You get access to things like:
- Automatic backups
- Scheduled backups
- Store data on the cloud
- Database backup list pagination
- Search through and sort your backup list
- Save in a .zip file on your computer
The one downside of the free version is that you don’t get complete backups unless you upgrade to the pro version, which has a lot more features.
The premium version of this plugin, WP All Backup, costs between $22 and $49.
10. WP Time Capsule
WP Time Capsule is a cool backup plugin because it auto-detects updates and then backs up your site.
You also get one-click staging in order to test changes, and every backup is an encrypted DB backup. Plus, you can easily clone or migrate your site to a new location.
A WP Time Capsule plan costs $49 a year on the low-end.
Where Should You Store Your WordPress Backups?
Many of the plugins listed offer different storage options, like on your computer or on the cloud. So how do you know where to put your backups?
The short answer: use every option you have available.
The longer answer: find a plugin with a remote backup option, like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3.
Why? Because these companies’ servers are safer than your computer. If your backup is only on your computer or an external hard drive, that’s dangerous. One ounce of water or one accidental drop could wipe out your entire backup.
The reason you backup your site is to avoid problems like hardware failure. So storing your backup files in as many places as possible is your best bet.
FAQs About Backups
Backing up your WordPress site can get complicated, so it’s very possible you still have questions. So you may want to check out our complete guide on how to back up a WordPress website.
Back It Up
The main takeaway here is that you need to back up your WordPress website. And although you’ll need a basic knowledge of this topic, there are plenty of WordPress backup plugins that make it way easier to ensure your site stays in good hands.
Which one of these plugins are you using? Let us know in the comments.
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