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For this weeks WordPress Wednesday feature we will be taking a look at creating regular WordPress site backups as it’s the best thing you can do for your site with your pants on or off (it’s up to you!). We all should know that backups give you a peace of mind and can save you in fatal situations when your site gets hacked (especially when it’s coming up to christmas).

There are quite a few free and paid backup plugins for WordPress to choose from & a lot of them are fairly easy to use but for this weeks roundup you will find below only 8 backup plugins options you can choose from many that you can find out on the web.

1. Backup WordPress – Free


BackUp WordPress is a super simple WordPress backup option as it will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you, Once you’ve installed it, it’s a simple in matter of choosing how often you’d like a backup to be created and when should it start and how many backups you like to have stored.

2. BackWPUp – Free


BackWPUp is a great WordPress backup plugin that contains a full pack of features and will ensure that your site is always backed up as it should be. BackWPUp is a simple plugin to install and to use, as it’s allows you to backup your database and/or files, you can even excludes directories and even check, optimise/repair your database of required.

You can also send the newly created backup to a number of different storage options including Amazon S3, Dropbox, RackSpaceCloud, SugarSync and etc; although you can also backup to your FTP server but you really shouldn’t for obvious reasons, this plugin also compresses the file in different compressed file extentsion such as .zip, .tar etc.

3. Akeeba Backup CORE for WordPress – Free


Akeeba Backup Core for WordPress is an open-source backup plugin, this plugin is a bit different than its competition. As this plugin mission is to be a simple plugin that creates a site backup that can be restored on any WordPress-capable server. The possibilities are endless as it’s creates a full backup of your site in a single archive,the archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and a web installer which is as easy to use as WordPress’ famous five minute installation procedure and the backup and restore process is AJAX powered to avoid server timeouts, even with huge sites. .

4. Backup-WP – Free


The WordPress Backup works perfectly to create a customisable backup of your WordPress site. When you use the WordPress Backup, you are guaranteed that your data is always safe, and when needed can be restored in its original form, at the time of your choice. WordPress Backup allows you to either manually or automatically create a customised or fully optimised backup of a website which has been built using WordPress.

5. Backup Buddy – 2 sites $80 per yr / 10 sites $100 per yr / Unlimited $150 per yr /  / Unlimited $350 for life


BackupBuddy is the one of the most popular premium backup plugin for WordPress, which i also use on various WordPress sites. This plugin It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups and store them in various storage locations such as Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP or Stash which is their own cloud service), you can even email it to yourself.

BackupBuddy has many features such as the restore functionality that you can find in this plugin which is a quick and simple as this will take you step by step in restoring e your site: from your themes, plugins, widgets and everything else inbetween, this plugin will also deploy your work from your local machine onto your live server plus many more great options.

6. VaultPress – Backup Bundle $99 per year or $9 per month 


VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and realtime syncing of all your WordPress content. To ensure your site stays safe, VaultPress performs security scans daily and makes it easy to review and fix threats and VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder) and his team at Automattic. Please note that this plugin is a subscription based service with different plans and pricing.



WordPress Backup & Clone Master is an all-in-one solution for WordPress backup, restoration, cloning, and migration. The plugin helps you manage the above processes in a secure, easy, and reliable way on a scheduled or on-demand basis.

This plugin is pack full of great features that you should find in any great backup plugins such as features that allows you to create full WordPress backups, including content, settings, themes, and plugins,download backup to your computer in a ZIP or TAR file, restore any backup in one click, migrating your site to a new web host and also this plugin will also works with WordPress Network (Multisite)



Smart Backup is a complete WordPress solution for database backup and restore operations. You can create backups of your complete WordPress installation, files only, or database only. Backups can be restored with one click. Options for the scheduler include timeouts (for tight PHP servers), backup types (files, .sql, complete) and notification emails for backup success or failure. and also this backup manager allows for easy restoring by type, date or ZIP archive.


WordPress Wednesday – 8 Great WordPress Backup Plugins Options