Running a website becomes easier than ever nowadays, but it doesn’t mean that nothing can go wrong. Your website could break after an update, it could get hacked, or you could delete critical files by mistake.
Just imagine: you’ve spent long hours designing and developing a website, and suddenly everything just disappears. Horrifying scenario, isn’t it? A single backup could save your website in the situation mentioned above, and it’s the first thing you have to apply after moving to new CMS platform.
Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent, both free and paid, WordPress plugins aimed to back up your posts, pages, product descriptions, and whatever else you have on your site. In this article, we will discuss Top 5 WordPress backup plugins with their pros and cons. If you are not backing up your site yet, then you should pick one of them and start using it right away.
UpdraftPlus is one of the highest rated free backup plugins for WordPress. It supports scheduled as well as on-demand backups. You can also choose which files to backup. The plugin allows to create a complete backup of a WordPress website and stores it on the cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP and other popular cloud storage services, or download to the computer. While the free version of this plugin includes a lot of features, you can always buy premium version available and backup sites as big as 100GB in size.
BackWPup is a free plugin that allows you to create whether a complete WordPress backup or a selective one. The data may be stored on one of the popular clouds (Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, etc.), FTP, email, or on your computer. BackWPup comes with a step-by-step restoration wizard and also offers multi-site support. The plugin also lets you schedule automatic backups according to your site’s update frequency.
There’s also a premium version, BackWPup Pro, which comes with priority support and ability to store backups on Google Drive.
As the name suggests, Duplicator is a popular WordPress plugin used to copy or clone your website. Duplicator also serves as a backup utility, but the thing is that its free edition allows to backup a WordPress website only in a manual way. After switching to Duplicator Pro, you are offered to schedule backups and store the data on top storage clouds. One more significant feature of this plugin is the ability to duplicate a live site to a staging area or vice versa.
VaultPress is a backup and security scanning plugin developed by Automattic, the creators of WordPress. It comes as a premium module for JetPack, which means that if you want to use VaultPress, you will have to get a subscription of JetPack. There are three different levels of plans you can subscribe to: Lite, Basic, or Premium. The Lite plan implies daily backups for one site with a 30-day archive and an automatic restoration tool. The Basic plan offers you real-time backups and a full backup archive. With the Premium plan, you get priority support and daily security scans. Be ready to pay from 3.5$ a month, but in this way, you will be confident that there is no risk of your website data loss.
Backup Buddy is one of the most popular backup plugins available for WordPress. It is a premium WordPress plugin offered by iThemes. One of the advantages of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription-based service, so there is no monthly fee. One-time payment allows you to use the plugin on the number of sites mentioned in the plan. You can opt for backing-up just the database, or all the files as well. You are also allowed to exclude certain tables or files from your backups. With Backup Buddy, you can automatically store your backups on Amazon, S3, DropBox or take advantage of BackupBuddy’s own BackupBuddy Stash service, which lets you manage all of your backups on the cloud.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned plugins will come in handy for you and secure your website from the smallest data loss. In case you are not in WordPress family yet, move your website to this CMS and try all its features. With an automated website and forum migration service aisite, your migration to WordPress will run in a smooth and fast way. So, do not waste a minute anymore, try Free Demo and see what your future WordPress website will look like.