Backing up WordPress on regular basis is essential and every Smart blogger never miss to create a backup of their WordPress. Thanks to the WordPress backup plugins that makes backing up WordPress easy, fast and automated. Creating backup of your WordPress on regular basis is the best thing you can do for your WordPress.
Backups can save you from catastrophic situation when your WordPress get hacked or accidentally you delete some files and folders of your WordPress. There are a lot of WordPress backup plugin available and some of those are free and some premium (feature rich plugin or service). And very few of these premium and free plugin has complete backup feature.
We are talking about complete backup and complete backup means backing up wp-content folder and WordPress database. WordPress store posts, pages, users and settings into the MySQL database and Files such as Images, Documents, Plugins stored in wp-content folder. So creating a complete backup means backing up posts, pages, files, settings and everything else you need to make your site alive again if got hacked or or crashed due to user error.
Before we listing WordPress plugin, I'd like to let you know about Free and Premium WordPress plugin. Premium plugins are basically comes with an extended support like off-site cloud storage, One click restore, WordPress migration, Good support etc, while free one's comes with basic feature. The biggest benefits of using free plugin is "it's free".
Some of the hosting company offer limited backup service. Actually you shouldn't relay on your hosting for backups. It's your responsibility and your website means a lot to you. So you should use your own backup system instead of relaying on your hosting backup service.
Here in this post I will share some best free and premium WordPress backup plugin. The plugins are:
Best Premium WordPress Backup Plugins
Here is a list of best Premium WordPress backup plugin. I've researched a lot about best WordPress backup plugin and made a list of it. Here are the premium one's.
VaultPress is a premium WordPress backup plugin by Automattic team( Parent company behind WordPress). VaultPress is a feature rich WP Backup solution that gives you peace of mind. VaultPress is a subscription based WordPress backup service. It starts from $9 per month. This plan is perfect for single medium sized blog. You will need one subscription for each WordPress installation.
VaultPress offer automated mealtime backup solution and it can be easily integrate with WordPress using Jetpack plugin. But first you need to purchase a plan. VaultPress also comes with File scanning feature that scans and repairs files for Virus, malware, and other dangerous threats.
VaultPress makes creating Backup is easy, fast, automated and secure. Using VaultPress to restore a website is a matter of clicks. It also pretty easy to configure and provide all the features to make your site safe and secure.
BackupBuddy by iThemes is a most popular premium WordPress backup plugin. It allows users to create automatic backup on daily, Weekly and monthly basis. It also store the backups to Dropbox, Amazon S3, FTP, Rackspace Cloud, BackupBuddy's cloud server or send email yourself.
BackupBuddy is a fully featured WordPress backup plugin that will make your WordPress backup, Migration, Malware scan, Database scan and repair. One of the biggest of BackupBuddy is, It's not a subscription based service. That's mean you pay once and enjoy a full year or lifetime mentioned in your plan.
BackupBuddy starts from $80 per year for a single site with 1 GB of stash storage(BackupBuddy's own cloud server) for a year. According to my research, BackupBuddy is the best premium WordPress backup plugin/service. It allows user to easily clone WordPress, Change Domain, Migrate to a new host, Individual file restore, Database rollback and more.
Updraftpremium is a full featured WordPress backup plugin with a lot of feature including WordPress cloning and migration, Backup time and Scheduling, Complete WP backup and non-wp files backup, reporting and many more. Updraftpremium starts from $70 for a single site license.
Each plan of Updraftpremium comes with 1GB of Vault Storage for secure cloud backup. It also allows users to remotely backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, FTP/SFTP/SCP, Google Cloud and many more. You can send backup to more than one destination using an add-on.
Updraftpremium also supports multi-site backup and more database option for backup database. It also automatically backup your WordPress before any updates of plugins and themes.
BlogVault WordPress plugin is a premium Backup solution. It is a subscription based WordPress backup solution. BlogVault starts from $9 per month or $89 per year for a single site license. It also offer 7 days free trial. So you can try it before paying.
BlogVault has some useful features like Test Restore & Auto Restore that makes it stand out from crowd. I actually loved this plugin for that features. With it's test restore feature you can load specific backup version of your WordPress on BlogVault's test server, From where you can test your backups before restoring it to your live site.
It's auto restore feature is really useful. It will automatically restore your WordPress if your site ever goes down while development or user error. It also secure your backups by storing copies in multiple location. BlogVault also has all the basic feature of premium WordPress backup solution including, Easy WordPress migration, Scheduled backup, Backup history and more.
Best Free WordPress Backup Plugins
Here is a list of best free WordPress backup plugins. I've tested over 25 free plugins and here is the list of only best plugins I've found.
UpdraftPlus - [Free]
UpdraftPlus is a one of the most popular WordPress plugin that allows users to create WordPress backup automatically and scheduled basis. With more than half million installs and 4.8 stars out of 5 makes UpdraftPlus is really popular backup solution for WordPress.
It has all the features you need to make your WordPress backup secure and automated. It also store the backup to remote location such as Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, FTP or direct email to yourself.
BackWPup is a free WordPress backup plugin that allows users to save complete backups remotely to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace etc. BackWPup is really helpful for beginners to make off-site copy and automatic schedule backup of WordPress.
Restoring backups is also easy and beginner friendly. You can restore any backups with few clicks. It also has pro version with periority support and some cool feature like storing backups on google drive etc.
BackUpWordPress is a really simple WordPress backup plugin, It's like install and it will do it's job. BackUpWordPress is a simple, lightweight plugin that automatically backup your entire WordPress on scheduled basis. Unfortunately, This plugin doesn't have off-site backup feature built-in, But you can get premium add-ins to do that.
Backup & Restore Dropbox
Backup & Restore Dropbox is a very simple lightweight WordPress backup plugin. As it's name implies, This plugin only store backups to Dropbox and localhost. It does a complete backup (wp-content Folder + MySQL Database). This plugin has a premium version which allows users to create automatic schedule backup, Copy, clone or migrate website etc.
Each WordPress backup plugin has it's pros and cons. Here are a few WordPress plugin that at-least offer essential feature. There are a lot of plugin and service available that I've not tested yet. Here are a few of these:
- BlogVault Real Time Backup - [Free]
- Duplicator - [Free]
- WP-DB-Backup - [Free]
- Snapshot by WPMU Dev - [Premium]
Above the list is my picks of best free and premium WordPress backup plugin. If you know about any WordPress Backup plugin that you think should be on this list, Please let me know using the discussion box below.