Regularly updating your WordPress website is one of the best practices to keep your Website secured. Website backup also helps to get your website live in no time in case it crashes or becomes a victim of user errors, vicious attacks and malwares.
There are 2 ways to backup your WordPress website. You can either take a manual backup of your Website or you can use a backup plugin to automate the process. We recommend our Users not to solely rely on the backup services provided by the Hosting Provider, as majority of them offer limited backup services.
WordPress Backup plugins are a much easier way to backup your website. You can backup your WordPress website in a way with the help of a backup plugin.
Database Backup: If you only want to back up your database, then you can opt for this method. Some plugins are developed specifically for this purpose.
Complete Backup: This is the best and the recommended way to take a backup. The plugins creates a complete backup of your website which includes all your database tables and core files.
Scheduled Backup: With this option selected, the plugin takes care of everything. The plugin automatically creates a backup in the defined schedule.
Another advantage of using a backup plugin is that you can export your backup directly to remote locations such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3. That way, you can easily restore your files, even if your entire website gets hacked.
While there are hundreds of WordPress backup plugins available, we have chosen the best one’s available in the market right now.
UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugin available in the market right now. It has over 3 million active installations and around 4.9 average customer rating. The interface of the plugin is very easy to use. Even a user with almost no technical knowledge can create a backup with few clicks. UpdraftPlus has free as well as premium version available.
The free version of UpdraftPlus allows you to easily set up full, manual, or scheduled backups. You can back up and restore your plugins, themes, and database with just a few clicks. The plugin is fast and also provides multiple cloud storage options such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and many more. UpdraftPlus uses fewer server resources which is an additional advantage for shared hosting users.
UpdraftPlus also provides clone and migration service to its premium users. Additionally, you get features such as Incremental backups, Database encryption, Advanced reporting and many more. The premium plans starts at 42$ per year.
BackWPup is another free and easy to use WordPress backup plugin with over 6,00,000 active installations. BackWPup allows you to to schedule automatic backups according to your site’s update frequency. The plugin can create a complete backup backup of your website and store it on external storage locations such as Google Drive, Amazon S3 and more.
There is also a premium version of the plugin available. Complete Automatic Restore, Standalone App for Emergency restore, encrypt backup archives are some of the newly added premium features in the plugin. The premium plan of the plugin starts at 69$.
Duplicator is primarily used to migrate, move or clone WordPress websites from one server to another. However, it also provides backup features. Duplicator creates the backup of your WordPress website in zip format which you can store locally or migrate across same or different servers.
Duplicator allows you to execute a full migration in WordPress without having to import and export SQL scripts. However, we don’t recommend this plugin for beginners as you need to have a basic understanding how things work at the back-end. You can also avail additional features by upgrading to Duplicator Pro. The Duplicator Pro plans start at 59$.
VaultPress started as an independent plugin but now it has become a part of Jetpack. So, you need to install and subscribe to Jetpack to use VaultPress. VaultPress was developed by Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder) and his team. It was developed by Automattic, the team which developed WordPress.
VaultPress not only provide users with backup and migration features but also provides them with security features as well. With VaultPress, users can easily create and restore backups with few clicks. VaultPress also has a calendar view option, making it easy to locate, view, and restore content from previous backups. The file scanning and spam defense security features helps the users to identify and eliminate malware, spammers, viruses, and other security vulnerabilities. One disadvantage of the plugin is that your backup are stored for only 30 days on the lower plans. The VaultPress personal plans start at 3.50$ per month.
BackUpBuddy is one of the most popular WordPress premium backup plugin available as it backups almost every element of your WordPress website. With BackUpBuddy users can schedule daily, weekly and monthly backups. Users can either store the backup file locally in zip format or can store them on remote locations such as Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP. They can also email the backup to themselves.
The plugin also provides Stash service which gives you the ability to do real time backups. BackupBuddy also runs malware scans, which can potentially identify any problems before they happen. Also, BackupBuddy is a cost effective premium WordPress backup plugin as it does charge the users monthly. The users can manage multiple websites according to their plan. BackUpBuddy Stash Storage and Multiple site management from single dashboard are some of the additional premium features provided to the users. The plan for the plugin starts at 80$.
BlogVault is another premium and a popular WordPress backup plugin available in the market. The plugin creates all the offsite backup on BlogVault servers which results in zero loads on your server. If you manage multiple sites then it offers multi-site backup options as well.
The plugins automatically creates backup on daily basis. Users can also manually create unlimited on-demand backups. The plugin also provides incremental backup feature which only creates backup of the incremental changes in the website. This results in less load on the server. If you have an online shop, BlogVault can also protect all of your orders with its WooCommerce backup integration.
The plugin is quite expensive which can be considered as one of its disadvantages. The pricing of personal plan (1 site) starts at 89$ annually.
All the Backup plugins primarily offers almost similar features i.e. complete backup of your WordPress core files and databases. Now it’s up to you which additional features you want to use.
If you want to start with a free plugin then we would recommend you to use UpdraftPlus. It comes with all the powerful features like backup encryption, encrypted backup transport, and tons of cloud storage options.
If you are ready to pay for premium features then we would recommend you to use VaultPress. The plugin not only provides backup features but also provides security features and incremental features for your website.
We highly recommend all our reader to store their backups on remote locations such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. rather then on the same server as website. The reason being that if in case any server issue occurs or worst-case scenario that you are hacked, then at that moment your backup is safe from it.
We hope this article helps you choose the best backup plugin according to your need. Please drop your queries in the comment section.
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