7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (Pros and Cons)

Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website. Backups give you peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out. There are several free and paid backup… Read More »

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Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website. Backups give you peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out. There are several free and paid backup plugins for WordPress, and most of them are fairly easy to use. In this article, we will show you the 7 best backup plugins for WordPress.

Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared

Important: Many WordPress hosting providers offer limited backup services, but please remember that it is your responsibility to backup your website on your own. Do not rely solely on your hosting provider for backups.

If you are not already backing up your site, then you should pick one of these 7 best WordPress backup plugins and start using it right away.

1. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is the most popular premium WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups. It can also automatically store your backups in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.

If you use their Stash service, then you also have the ability to do real-time backups.

The biggest advantage of using 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 sites mentioned in your plan. You also get access to premium support forums, regular updates, and 1GB of cloud storage to store your backups.

You can even use BackupBuddy to duplicate, migrate and restore websites.

2. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is a free WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to create complete backup of your WordPress site and store it on the cloud or download to your computer.

The plugin supports scheduled as well as on-demand backups. You can also choose which files to backup. It can automatically upload your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, S3, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email, and several other cloud storage services (see our step by step guide on how to backup & restore your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus).

UpdraftPlus also has a premium version with add-ons to migrate or clone site, database search and replace, and multisite support among other things. The premium version also gets you access to priority support.

3. BackWPUp

BackWPUp

BackWPup is a free plugin that allows you to create complete WordPress backup for free and store it on the cloud (Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, etc), FTP, email, or on your computer.

It is extremely easy to use and allows you to schedule automatic backups according to your site’s update frequency.

Restoring a WordPress site from backup is also very simple. The BackWPup Pro version comes with priority support, ability to store backups on Google Drive, and some other cool features.

4. BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress

BackupWordPress is a complete WordPress backup plugin with automatic scheduling support. It allows you to create different schedules for your database and files. The only problem is that the free version does not allow you to store your WordPress backups to a cloud storage service.

If you want to store your backups on Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, etc, then you will need to purchase a premium extension for it. The extensions are available for each service, and you can buy the one you need or the whole bundle.

5. Duplicator

Duplicator

As the name suggests, Duplicator is a popular WordPress plugin used to migrate WordPress sites. However it also has backup features.

It does not allow you to create automated scheduled backups which makes it less than ideal primary WordPress backup solution for a regularly maintained site.

6. WP-DB-Backup

WP-DB-Backup

With more than 400,000 active installs, WP-DB-Backup is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins. The only problem is that it only backups your WordPress database.

This means that you will have to backup your media files manually. If you do not update a site too often or do not upload images, then you can use WP-DB-Backup as your primary WordPress backup plugin.

WP-DB-Backup makes it really simple to create database backups, schedule automated backups, and restore your database. It is also a very useful tool for users who do not have access to phpMyAdmin to backup WordPress dataabase manually.

7. VaultPress

VaultPress

At WPBeginner, we use VaultPress to backup our site. VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder) and his team at Automattic.

It has recently become part of Automattic’s another product called JetPack. You will need a JetPack subscription plan to use VaultPress. There are different pricing plans with different set of features.

VaultPress offers automated real-time cloud backup solution starting at $3.50 per month. Setting up VaultPress and restoring from backups is just a matter of clicks. With some of their packages, they even offer security scans.

There are a few downsides of using VaultPress. First, it is a recurring expense that can add up if you have multiple WordPress sites. Secondly, you will have to subscribe to JetPack, get a WordPress.com account, and install JetPack plugin on your site.

Lastly, on the lower plans backups are only stored for 30-day archive. If you want unlimited backup archive, then you have to pay the $29 per month fee per website which is significantly expensive for beginners.

We are still using VaultPress because we got grandfathered in at their older pricing which was a lot more favorable.

Final Thoughts

Each WordPress backup plugin has it’s pros and cons. We use VaultPress for two main reasons. It is extremely easy to use, and it offers real-time incremental backups. What this means is that instead of backing up all of your files every day or every hour, it only creates a backup of what has been updated literally within minutes of the update. This is ideal for a large sites like ours because it allows us to use our server resources efficiently.

However if you run a small to medium size website and hate paying monthly fees, then we recommend the popular BackupBuddy plugin. Why? Because they have their own cloud storage, Stash, which makes it easy for beginners to store their backups in cloud with a matter of few clicks.

Whichever WordPress backup plugin you end up choosing, please do NOT store your backups on the same server as your website.

By doing that, you are putting all of your eggs in one basket. If your server’s hardware fails or worst you get hacked, then you don’t have a backup which defeats the purpose of setting up regular backups.

This is why we highly recommend storing your backups on a third-party storage service like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc.

That’s all. We hope that this list helped you pick the best WordPress backup plugin for your site. You may also want to see our step by step WordPress security guide for beginners.

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How to Backup & Restore Your WordPress Site with UpdraftPlus

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Backups are the first layer of security for any WordPress site. Aside from having automated backups, you also need to have an easy way to restore the backup if needed. In this article, we will show you how to easily backup and restore your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus.

UpdraftPlus

Why You Need a Backup & Restore Solution for WordPress?

Research shows that data loss and downtime cost $1.7 trillion each year to the globally economy.

All websites on the internet are vulnerable to data loss and security threats. As a website owner, these are some common scenarios when you may lose your data:

  • Your website can get hacked and hackers may destroy your data.
  • Your hosting provider can lose your data
  • Your host reserves the right to terminate your account and delete all your data.

There are many other scenarios where you could end up losing your website and all the valuable data created over the years.

The best way to protect yourself against these threats is to regularly backup your WordPress site.

WordPress does not come with a built-in backup solution. However, there are several great WordPress backup plugins which allow you to automatically backup and restore your WordPress site.

UpdraftPlus is one of the best WordPress backup plugins. It allows you to setup automatic backup schedules. It will also help you restore your WordPress site in case something bad happens.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily backup and restore your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus.

Creating WordPress Backup with UpdraftPlus

First thing you need to do is install and activate the UpdraftPlus plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups page to configure plugin settings.

Settings page UpdraftPlus

Now you need to click on the settings tab.

This is where you will set up an automatic backup schedule and a remote location to store your backups.

UpdraftPlus settings

First you need to choose a backup schedule for your files. Files include your WordPress themes, plugins, images and other uploads.

After that you need to select a backup schedule for your WordPress database. WordPress is a database driven software. All your posts and pages, comments, website settings, are stored in the database.

Your backup schedule should be based on how often you add new content to your website.

For example, If you add two blog posts each week, then you can select a fortnightly backup of files and weekly backup of database.

Next, you need to choose where to store your backup files.

It is a bad idea to save your backups on the same location as your website. Losing your website, means you will also lose access to your backup files.

This is why you need to choose a remote cloud storage service to store your backups.

UpdraftPlus allows you to save your backups to several cloud storage services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, any many others. You can also send your backups to an email address.

Simply click on a remote service to select it, and you will see setup instructions below.

For the sake of this tutorial, we will show you how to use Dropbox as your remote backup storage service with UpdraftPlus.

We will go ahead and click on Dropbox to select it and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the save changes button.

UpdraftPlus will save your settings. However, you still need to give UpdraftPlus access to your Dropbox account.

Scroll down to remote storage setup instructions and click on the link next to ‘Authenticate with Dropbox’ option.

Setting up Dropbox as your remote storage service for backups

The link will take you to the Dropbox website where you will be asked to sign-in using your Dropbox email and password.

After login, you will be asked if you want to allow UpdraftPlus to access your Dropbox account.

Allow UpdraftPlus to access Dropbox

UpdraftPlus will only have permission to access its own folder in ‘Apps » UpdraftPlus” folder. Click on ‘Allow’ button to continue.

You will be redirected to UpdraftPlus website where you need to click on ‘Complete Setup’ button to finish setup.

Complete setup

You will now be taken back to your WordPress site, and you will see the UpdraftPlus settings page again. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Save Changes button.

You have now setup backup schedule and remote location to store your backups.

Creating Manual WordPress Backups with UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus can automatically create backups based on the schedule you selected earlier. However, you can also manually create backups any time you want.

First you need to visit Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups and click on ‘Backup Now’ button.

Creating a manual backup with UpdraftPlus

This will bring up a pop-up with options to select files/database backup and whether you want to send the backup to remote storage. (see which WordPress files should you backup?)

Manual backup

Click on the ‘Backup Now’ button to continue.

UpdraftPlus will now start creating backup of your files and database. You will be able to see the progress on the settings page.

Backup Progress

The process may take a while depending on the size of your website.

UpdraftPlus will also start uploading your backup files to the remote location.

Restoring Your WordPress Backup with UpdraftPlus

Creating backups is easy, but the real useful part about backups is the ability to restore them with the same ease.

UpdraftPlus makes it easy to restore your WordPress site from a backup.

If your WordPress site was hacked or you want to start fresh, then first you will need to delete everything and install WordPress again.

Next, you will need to install and activate the UpdraftPlus plugin again on your fresh new WordPress site.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups page and click on Restore button.

This will bring you to the backups page. UpdraftPlus will scan your server to see if it can find an existing backup in /wp-content/updraft/ folder on your website.

However, since you deleted everything from your website it will not be able to find the backup files.

If you saved the backup files on your computer, then you can click on ‘Upload backup files’ link to manually upload and restore them.

Upload backup files manually

You can also connect UpdraftPlus to remote location (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc). This way UpdraftPlus will be able to scan remote location and use your previously stored backups.

Click on the Settings tab and then choose the remote location you used earlier to store your backups.

Reconnect remote storage location

Follow the instructions to authenticate your website with the remote storage service.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page to restore your settings.

Now you can switch back to ‘Existing Backups’ tab and click on the ‘Rescan remote location’ link.

Remote backups

UpdraftPlus will now look for backups in the remote storage location and display them below.

You can now click on the restore button next to a backup.

UpdraftPlus will now ask you what you would like to restore. You need to select all options and then click ‘Restore’ button.

Restore options

UpdraftPlus will now fetch your backup files from the remote location and start restoring your site from the backup.

Our UpdraftPlus Review

UpdraftPlus is a powerful WordPress backup plugin, and it’s a great option for DIY users who want the flexibility to choose their backup schedule and remote storage location.

Because UpdraftPlus is free, it’s a popular choice among users. However you can upgrade to UpdraftPlus Premium to access premium addons such as Website Migrator, UpdraftVault, priority support, and molre options. The premium option costs $70 per year.

However like most WordPress backup plugins, UpdraftPlus lacks the ability to do realtime backups of your website.

If you want real-time backups, unlimited storage, and don’t want to pay a third-party storage service like Dropbox, then we recommend using VaultPress instead. This is what we use on WPBeginner.

The downside of VaultPress is cost. The real-time backup plan for one site costs $165 per year which is more than twice UpdraftPlus premium which gets you access for two sites and obviously a non-comparison with the free version.

Final Thoughts

Backups allow you to recover your website in an emergency. However, they cannot protect your website against common security threats like hacking, malware, code injection, etc.

At WPBeginner, we use Sucuri to protect our site (see how Sucuri helped us block 450,000 WordPress attacks).

You need to make sure that your WordPress site is secure. Follow the instructions in our ultimate WordPress security guide to strengthen your WordPress security.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you easily backup and restore WordPress sites with UpdraftPlus.

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How to Setup Automatic WordPress Backup with CodeGuard

Do you want to create a time machine for your website? Having an automatic cloud backup of your WordPress site is the first step in securing your website because it gives you the option to revert changes should anything go wrong. In this article, we… Read More »

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Do you want to create a time machine for your website? Having an automatic cloud backup of your WordPress site is the first step in securing your website because it gives you the option to revert changes should anything go wrong. In this article, we will show you how to setup an automatic WordPress backup with CodeGuard along with sharing our honest CodeGuard review, so you can make an educated decision.

Setting up WordPress Backup Using CodeGuard

What is CodeGuard?

CodeGuard is a website backup service that can automatically backup your WordPress site and save it on the cloud. It also allows you to track your changes daily.

There are plenty of WordPress backup plugins available, and we have created a list of the best WordPress backup plugins.

However, using a plugin means you will have to keep it up to date, and in most cases the backups aren’t stored properly on an offsite location.

If you are managing client websites, then managing all backups separately is quite difficult. Not to mention that clients can accidentally turn off backups.

CodeGuard is a paid backup service that works on all website platforms including WordPress. Their monthly plans start from $5/month for 1 site and unlimited databases with up to 5GB storage. They also offer a free 14 day trial on all their plans.

We decided to give CodeGuard a try because it makes a bold claim of being “a time machine for your website”. In this CodeGuard review, we will put that claim to test.

Let’s start with setting up WordPress backups through CodeGuard.

Setting up WordPress Backup on CodeGuard

First thing you need to do is visit CodeGuard website and click on Start Your Free Trial button.

Start your free trial by clicking on the signup button

This will bring you to the signup form. Fill it out and click on ‘start my free trial’ button. You will be asked to enter a password for your account.

It’s essential that you use a strong password (See how to manage passwords guide for WordPress users), and then click on the next step button.

Enter password for your account

This will bring you to the add website page. First you need to enter your website’s URL and then provide your FTP information.

Adding your website's FTP or SFTP information

If you do not know your FTP username or password, then please contact your WordPress hosting provider. You can also find this information in the email your WordPress hosting provider sent you when you signed up. Alternately, you can also locate this information using cPanel by clicking on FTP or FTP manager.

After entering your FTP/SFTP information, click on the test connection button. CodeGuard will show a success message. You can now click on the connect your website button.

Connect website

CodeGuard will connect to your website, and it will show you all the files stored on your server.

You will need to select the folder that contains all your WordPress files and then click ‘select root directory’ button to continue.

Select root directory

Now scroll down a bit, and you will see ‘Select website content’ section. You need to select all your files and folders.

Simply click on the top folder and all the files inside it will be automatically selected. Next, click on the begin first backup button to continue.

Select website content

You will see a success message. CodeGuard will automatically start downloading your WordPress files to their cloud servers in the background.

You will be asked to add your WordPress database for backup.

Files added successfully

The next step is to connect your database and to do that you will need the following information.

  • Your database hostname or IP address
  • MySQL username
  • MySQL user password

You can find this information in your WordPress website’s wp-config.php file itself. Alternatively, you can contact your web host to provide you this information.

If you connect to your host using localhost as your hostname, then you will need to enter your domain name as the hostname.

On the other hand, if you use a hostname like mysql.example.com, then you will have to enter that or add your MySQL server’s IP address.

Add database

Enter your database connection information. Before you click on the next step button, you will need to copy the IP addresses shown under the Helpful Tips box on the right.

Your web host will not allow an external IP to connect to your database unless you explicitly allow it access. To do that, you need whitelist these IP addresses.

Simply login to your cPanel account and click on the Remote MySQL icon.

Remote MySQL in cPanel

Copy and paste an IP address and then click on add host button. Repeat for all IP addresses given by CodeGuard.

Once you are done, come back to the CodeGuard’s add database screen and click on the next step button.

CodeGuard will connect to your database now. If you have more than one database, then it will ask you to select one. Choose your WordPress database and click on add database button.

CodeGuard will now start backing up your database to their cloud servers. Upon completion it will show your database and some basic WordPress stats.

Database backed up

That’s all you have successfully backed up your WordPress site and database on CodeGuard’s cloud servers.

How to Restore Site and Database from CodeGuard Backups

As a website owner, you need to be sure that the backup solution you are using for your site is easy to restore. CodeGuard offers automatic restore options which allow you to restore your WordPress files and database with one click.

Site restore from backups on CodeGuard

You can also download your backups to your own computer to perform a manual recovery.

CodeGuard Review

CodeGuard really measures up to the claim of being a time machine for your website. Using the FTP / MySQL method, you can backup just about any website including WordPress and your other sites.

We always recommend storing your backups on third-party cloud servers which makes CodeGuard an ideal backup solution for anyone starting out.

While having backups is a choice, we strongly recommend that you have one vs not. We’ve had too many users whose sites were hacked, and they had no backup (which means literally losing years of content).

Regular site backups are the best insurance policy you can purchase for your web based business.

We strongly recommend that you use a WordPress backup solution, and CodeGuard is definitely among the top of our list.

See the full list of our recommended WordPress backup plugins.

That’s all. We hope this article helped you setup automatic WordPress backups with CodeGuard and you found our CodeGuard review helpful. You may also want to see our guide on 11 things to do before launching a WordPress site.

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