Regularly backing up your website is one of the most important things you can do to guard against losing all your data. After all, you’ve spent hours and hours building it, and no one plans to be hacked or for their server to crash.
Fortunately, there are plenty of great WordPress plugins available that will back up your complete site. This WordPress Wednesday I will share six best backup plugins for WordPress some are free, and some you will need to spend some money for them.
One last thing before I start, many hosting providers offer limited backup services for your WordPress site, but I will always recommend not just rely solely on them no matter what they say as it’s your responsibility to keep regular backups of your website.
One of my personal favourite to use, UpdraftPlus is one of the popular free WordPress backup plugin available, there’s is more than 2 million websites actively using this plugin as UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration as you can back up your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click.
You can send your backups directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and email, you can schedules every 4, 8 or 12 hours, daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly, if you have that small accident you can restore backups directly from the WordPress control panel.
There is a premium version which also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV. Also with the paid version you can migrate or clone your site, backup WordPress multisite or networks securely and more features in the premium version.
Price: Free or UpdraftPremium Personal for $70.00
The backup plugin BackWPup can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP and many more. This plugin uses a single backup .zip file which you are able to easily restore an installation.
It is notably easy to use and allows you to schedule automatic backups according to your site update frequency.
As like UpdraftPlus there is an premium version of BackWPup that comes with priority support, ability to store backups on Google Drive, encrypt backup archives and some other excellent features.
Price: Free or Standard Pro version for $69.00
BoldGrid Backup is a WordPress backup solution by BoldGrid, and it allows you to easily create your site backups and restore it after if indeed it crashes, and you can even use it to move your site when you switch hosting providers. Also, you can set up automated backups or manually create backups with one-click.
It comes with an automated fault protection feature which automatically creates a backup of your site before it updates so if an update fails, it automatically rolls back your WordPress site to the last backup.
With BoldGrid Backup, you can store up to ten backup archives on your dashboard and more in a remote storage location like Amazon S3, FTP or SFTP.
Price: Free or Pro version for $60.00
BackupBuddy is one of the most known premium backup plugins since launching in 2010 it been used by over half a million WordPress sites. BackupBuddy allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly and monthly backups.
You can automatically store your backups in cloud storage services like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash which is their cloud service and even email it. BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription-based service, so there is no monthly fee. You can use the plugin on the number of websites mentioned in your plan.
With the one off fee you get access to premium support forums, regular updates, and 1GB of BackupBuddy Stash storage to store your backups. In addition, their iThemes Sync feature lets you manage up to 10 WordPress site from a single dashboard. Like other plugins you can even use BackupBuddy to duplicate, migrate and restore websites.
Price: $49.00 for Blogger Plan (1 Site License)
WP Time Capsule was created to ensure peace of mind with WP updates and put the fun back into WordPress. It uses the cloud apps’ native file versioning system to detect changes and backs up just the changed files and db entries to your account.
With WP Time Capsule you can backup your site in real-time which means you will now be able to revert your site to how it was just an hour ago. Also, you can change the backup interval to every 6 hours or 12 hours or daily. WP Time capsule will automatically backup before each update if an update causes any undesired change. You are a click away from restoring, and you can encrypt your DB backups to add an extra layer of security and makes your backup GDPR compatible.
Like other plugins on this list, you can now use a backup to clone or migrate your site to a new location at ease, and lastly it can also take screenshots before an update and compare it with the screenshots taken after the update and will send you an email if there are any visible changes on the site.
BlogVault is the last on today’s list, and this service is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution rather than a WordPress plugin. BlogVault creates offsite backups independently on BlogVault servers, so there will be a zero load on your server.
BlogVault creates an automatic backup of your site on a daily basis and also allows you to create unlimited on-demand backups manually. The BlogVault service features smart incremental backups that sync only gradual changes for minimal server load, so this ensures optimal performance for your website.
Besides backups, it helps you to recover your site quickly, and you will find that you can store 90 days backup archive so that you can recover your site from any accident.
You will also find include in BlogVault it has a built-in staging site feature to let you test your site, plus, it provides an easy option to migrate your website to another host.
Price: $89.00 per year for Personal Plan (1 Site License)