If you own a WordPress-powered website, or any website for that matter, it’s extremely important for you to make regular backups so that you don’t have to lose everything if your website or hosting company gets hacked.
Some hosting services claim to provide regular backups, but most of them are unreliable. Besides, it never hurts to have an alternative solution. If you own a WordPress website, you’re in luck as there are plenty of custom backup solutions available.
Here are five of the best of them:
VaultPress is a subscription-based full backup service developed by the same folks behind WordPress: Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder) and his team at Automattic.
Starting at $5 per month, you can get backups of your website once a day for a 30-day period. The basic plan ($15/month) offers real-time backups which roughly amounts to a full backup every hour. It keeps your backups for as long as you use the service.
Backups are stored on the same servers that power the WordPress.com website, so you can be assured of their reliability. Restoring your backup is just a click away. You can restore a backup from any time or choose to download it to your computer as a zip file.
Price: Starting from $5 per month.
BackupBuddy is a premium developed by iThemes that offers a complete backup solution for WordPress websites.
It allows you to choose between a full backup of a database-only backup and sending it to various locations such as Amazon S3, DropBox, FTP, GoogleDrive or its own custom storage location called BackupBuddy Stash.
You can easily automate your backups and restore files from any time. A couple of its other features are email notifications, malware scan, database mass text replacement, and individual file restore.
Price: $80 (per year) for the lowest package.
UpDraftPlus is a completely free WordPress backup solution that simplifies backups and restoration.
With over 500,000 installations and a massive 4.9/5 rating on the WordPress repository, it’s one you should definitely try if you’re looking for a free solution.
Like BackupBuddy, it supports backups to different locations such as GoogleDrive, RackSpace Cloud, Amazon S3, Copy and several others. You can select which files to back up, decide to split your backups if they are very large or schedule automatic backups.
Its premium version includes added features such as site migration, database encryption, no adverts, and support from the developers.
Price: Free (Premium version between $70 and $145 per year)
BackWPUp is another backup solution available for free on the WordPress repository.
It allows you to make your backups in several formats such as zip, tar, tar.gz or tar.bz2 and to push your backups to several storage locations. You can also recieve backups and logs via email.
Other features include database backup, database optimization, WordPress XML export and multi-site support. It also has a premium version with added features and support.
Price: Free (Premium from $75 per year)
BackupWordpress is a highly-rated simple backup plugin with only the most basic backup features.
It allows you to back up your entire website including your database on a schedule that suits you. It works on Linux or Windows servers and allows you to choose which files to back up and which ones to exclude.
It’s completely free, so don’t hesitate to try it. A 4.7/5 rating and over 200,000 downloads are a testament to it’s viability as a good backup solution.
Have you tried any of the backup plugins? Share your experience in the comments section below.