Having a backup plugin that is reliable and easy to use is really important to protect your WordPress site. You have a lot of hard work you put into your blog/site you don’t want all of that work gone because of a hacker or a server crashes. Having a backup plugin that keeps a copy of your work safe all the time is essential. In this post I will highlight some of the backup WordPress plugins available and what their features are. Some of the plugins are free and some are paid.
- VaultPress plugin
This WordPress plugin is a subscription service. It does have a cost. The cost varies depending on the plan. The plans start at $5 a month. This plugin is very easy to set up and it is easy to restore your site from your back ups. It offers automated backup to the cloud.
- Backup Buddy
This plugin allows you to schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups and can even backup to Dropbox storage. You can have the backups emailed to you or use the cloud storage option. This is another paid plugin. The price varies depending on the plan. They range from $80 to $297. They do occasionally offer discounts so keep your eyes open for that.
This is a free plugin that allows you to create complete WordPress backups for free. The backups get stored on the cloud through Dropbox, amazon or another service. You can also have it sent to your email, FTP or download on your computer. This is a simple to use plugin and restoring from your backup is simple.
- Backup WordPress
This backup plugin for WordPress can schedule backups. It is a free plugin but the free version doesn’t allow you to back up to the cloud. To back up to the cloud you need to use the premium extension for the cloud service you use. You will need to pay for that if you want to use that type of backup.
- Updraft plus
This WordPress plugin allows you to completely backup your WordPress site and store it on the cloud or you can download it. There is a premium version that has more features. This plugin can be more challenging for beginners to use as the options you might want can be difficult to locate.
This plug in is primarily used to migrate sites but it also can backup sites. It doesn’t allow you to schedule backups ahead of time. So this might not be the best plugin for regular backups.
- WP-DB –Backup
This popular WordPress plugin only backs up your WordPress database. It won’t back up any media files. Those you will have to backup manually. If you update your site regularly with lots of media this might not be the best option for you. It is simple to use and can be automated and scheduled. It can backup to Dropbox.
- Snapshot Pro
This is a paid plugin but one that is well thought of. Snapshot pro has a one-click backup and restore option. It can be scheduled for automatic monthly, daily or hourly backups to the cloud (like Dropbox, S3, Google Drive etc). You can back up your entire site or you can exclude specific files. They offer a free 14 day trial so you can try it out and see if you like it.
These are some of the paid and free plugins you can use to make sure all of your data on your site is safe. Keep an eye out for more posts on other types of plugins to help make your WordPress site better and easier to use.