Backing up your data is a common practice these days. But, how about backing up your WordPress website?
You can simply say that most web hosting companies do perform regular backups but be aware that not every hosting company is reliable when it comes to backup and you don’t want to wait when disaster strikes to find out how they did.
You will get more peace of mind if you perform regular website backups and having multiple backups are better than relying on just one backup. Thankfully, there are six amazing plugins that can do the job for you.
Within many of these backup plugins that are some differences in what will be backup. As many of you know that WordPress sites comprise both a database which is usually MySQL and a set of files that site on a web server. You’ll really only need to worry about the wp-config.php file and everything inside the /wp-content/ folder which contains your theme, plugins and uploads. Many plugins back up both database and files, while others only backup one of the two.
So, let’s start this WordPress Wednesday round up and check out some plugins to keep your site backed up.
WP Time Capsule is an ideal solution for those who want to back up only your recent files, and not your entire WordPress site. You will be able to back up your site to your selected cloud storage sites such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or even Amazon S3.
One of the main benefits of using this plugin is that it consumes little server resources, as it doesn’t compress and zip your backup files.
To get started with this plugin. You first want to register for a free account on WP Time Capsule, then install the free plugin. Then connect your cloud app with your plugin so that you can send your backup files to your preferred cloud location. After performing a full backup, you then can schedule a time for backing up your recently changed files.
Price: Free and paid plans start at $49.00 per year. One-time payments are available starting at $149.
The BackWPup plugins is an all-in-one backup solution for your WordPress site that offers powerful features.
There’s a free version that lets you backup your site. However, this free version has very limited access to its features. While the premium version allows you to encrypt and store backups to multiple storage locations like Google Drive and Amazon Glacier.
BackWPup comes with an automatic process for both backup and restores, back up to multiple destinations per job or backup specific file path of your site per your needs.
Price: Free and Premium version which starts at $69.00 per year and it’s renews start at $39.00
BackUpWordPress is a super easy to use backup plugin as it doesn’t require any setup configurations at your end. Once activated, it backs up your files right out of the box.
With this plugin by default its backup files are in the /wp-content/backups location of your site. But you can easily change the path if you want to. As all of the files including your non-WordPress files. It will be backed up in your WordPress site root folder. But it is recommended to change the path so it’s secure.
Also, this plugin enables you to exclude the files you don’t want to back up.
Price: This plugin is free version with occasional updates.
WP Database Backup is a free WordPress plugin, that only backs up your database.
Configuring this plugin only takes a minute, then you can create and restore backups with a click which makes it’s super simple to use. This plugin also lets you set up automated backups or lets you manually take ones when you need them.
The plugin support plenty of storage solutions such as Dropbox, email, Google Drive, and even Amazon S3. Plus, you will get back up reports sent directly to your inbox.
Price: Free. But there’s also a pro version starts at $22.
BlogVault is a solid backup plugin that’s growing in popularity. It’s a backup Saas (Software as a Service) rather than categorising it as a WordPress plugin.
What sets this solution apart is once you sign up, you will get access to a dashboard where you can manage backups for one or multiple sites. Also, you can view your sites uptime, schedule backups, and lastly restore your site with a single click.
So this means if you lose access to your site/hosting account, you can still restore your site because this solution is separated from both.
Also this solution uses incremental technology to optimise your site’s performance and speed. While this solution encrypts your backup copies and stores them on safe on offsite servers so you can download a copy anytime you want.
Price: There are various plans like many other plugins/solutions. First, there’s a 7-day trial plan. Following that, it starts at $7.40 per month or $89 per year when billed annually.
But you can opt-in for the Plus plan or higher that starts at $12.4.0 per month that is billed annually. You will then also get access to their other plugin called MalCare which scan and protect your site.
UpdraftPlus is probably the best WordPress backup plugin right now on the market. As it has been rated the most popular backup plugin for WordPress and is used on over 3 million WordPress sites.
In the free version of this plugin, you can set up manual or scheduled backups of your website that includes files, database, plugins, and themes. The free version is a great option for beginners. But as your site grows, you’ll want to improve the core functionalities by upgrading to their premium version.
With the Updraft Plus Premium, you will get incremental backups that are stored in multiple remote locations. It will even automatically back up your site before you run any updates.
With minimal technical knowledge, you can restore your site. Overall this plugin supports multiple cloud storage solutions including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Amazon S3.
The plugin lets you encrypt sensitive databases to keep your information safe. Lastly, you can also choose to password-protect backups so only selected users can access them.
Price: Free and Premium plans start at $42.00 per year.