Creating regular backups for your WordPress site is one of the best things you can do. Having backups available gives you more peace of mind and, above all, helps you to recover your website with a few clicks in case of problems.
There are various free and paid backup plugins, and most of them are fairly easy to use. In this article, I will show you the best 7 plugins to backup a site built with WordPress.
Important: Many hosting providers offer limited backup services; please always remember your responsibility to make backups for your website. Don’t just rely on the solutions made available by your provider.
If you’re not backing up your website, you should choose one of these plugins and start using it right away. Only then will you be 100% sure that you will not lose everything in the event of a disaster.
VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress) and his team at Automattic.
It’s a service that you have to sign up for with various plans that you have to pay for every month. VaultPress offers automatic backups in the cloud, and its prices start at 39 Euros / year, which could be good for many website owners. Setting up VaultPress and restoring from a backup is a matter of a few clicks.
With some of their plans, they also offer security scans. The only problem with VaultPress is that it is a service that you have to pay for every month and if you are someone who has more than one website, the expense can get quite high. If you want to better understand how VaultPress works read this article written by the Elegant Themes team here. (unfortunately the article is in English)
BackupBuddy ranks second among popular plugins and allows you to perform full backups for your website. You can schedule daily, weekly and monthly backups and then save them on Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service) and even send it to you via email.
BackupBuddy’s biggest advantage is that it doesn’t need a membership. You are free to use their plugin on the number of websites your plan allows. Receive access to premium support forums, updates, and 1GB of space in their dedicated cloud to save your backups. You can also use BackupBuddy to move a website built with WordPress from one provider to another without any problems and without your visitors noticing.
CodeGuard is an automated cloud backup service. Think of it as a time machine for your website. It allows you to create full backups every day and save them in their cloud outside your hosting space. You can restore your backups with 1 single click or download it to your computer for when you want to restore your website manually.
Of all the solutions mentioned in this article, CodeGuard is the only service that works for any platform and not just for WordPress. It gives you the ability to monitor and monitor all changes as well.
Like VaultPress, CodeGuard is a service that requires a monthly subscription and its prices start at $ 5 / month for single websites. Also they offer a free plan for 1 website, 1 database. 1GB of space with daily automatic backups, restores and more. Go here if you are interested. Unlike VaultPress, CodeGuard is a great option for freelancers and agencies because their higher plans allow you to use the service on a larger number of websites thus making the total cost much lower. If you want to find out more about how the CodeGuard service works read this article (unfortunately the article is in English)
BackWPup plugin is free that allows you to create complete backups of your website made with WordPress and save them in the cloud (Dropbox, Amazon S3, rackspace, etc) FTP, email or directly on your computer.
It is very easy to use and allows you to schedule automatic backups based on how often you update your website. Restoring from a backup is very simple. Just follow the instructions and with a couple of clicks and done.
The premium BackWPup Pro version offers priority support, ability to save backups to Google Drive, etc.
BackupWordPress is a WordPress plugin to perform self-scheduled backups. It allows you to create various schedules for the database and your files.
The only problem is that the free version does not give the possibility to save backups in the cloud. If you want to save your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, etc., then you will need to purchase one of the premium extensions. There are extensions for each cloud service, so you can buy just the one you need or buy them all together as a package.
UpdraftPlus is another WordPress backup plugin. It allows create full backups and save them to the cloud or download them to your computer. It also can schedule when the backup and automatic saving takes place in the place of your choice (cloud, download it to your computer).
There is also a premium version with additional features and the ability to add even more features thanks to addons. The only problem with Updraftplus is that its user interface is quite complex.
This makes it difficult for beginner users to find the options they need. Apart from that the plugin has very good ratings on the official WordPress repository. Read this article on sos-wp.it to learn more about how the plugin works and find out how to use it to perform a backup for WordPress.
As the name suggests, Duplicator is a very popular WordPress plugin used for website migration. As a bonus this also has features that allow you to make full backups of your website.
The bad thing is that in the free version it does not allow the creation of backups automatically, which is not very good if you want to use it as the main plugin for backups.
The premium version of Duplicator instead is really excellent, in a future article I will talk about it more in depth.
Every single plugin has its pros and cons
Are you wondering what incremental backup means? Unlike others who make a full backup every hour, day, week, etc, we create a full backup at the beginning then back up the things that have changed, thus saving a lot of space and above all you can restore yours. website after every single change.
If it weren’t for the fact that we have our own WordPress backup system that we use for all of our sites and for our clients’ sites, BackupBuddy would have been the WordPress backup plugin of choice.
I hope this article will make it easier for you to choose a plugin to back up your website. Making backups on a regular basis, maybe every week for example should become your habit so you will always be covered in case of problems of any kind.