Regularly backing up your WordPress website is hands down the best thing you can do to protect your online presence. Backups give you peace of mind and can save you in disastrous situations such as your site getting hacked or accidentally locking yourself out. There are many free and paid backup plugins for WordPress, and most of them are fairly easy to use. In this post, we will discuss a few of our favorite plugins and explain why.
Note: Most hosting providers offer some sort of backup services, however it is your responsibility to backup your website on your own. It is not a good practice to rely solely on your web hosting provider for backups.
UpdraftPlus offers a free WordPress backup plugin that allows you to create complete backups of your WordPress website and store them on either the cloud or download to your computer.
This plugin supports both scheduled and on-demand backups. One can also choose which files to backup. The plugin offers the ability to automatically upload your backups to popular cloud storage options such as Dropbox, Google Drive, S3, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email, and several other storage services.
UpdraftPlus also offers a premium version of their free plugin with add-ons to migrate or duplicate websites, database lookup and replace, and multi-site support among many other things. The premium version will also get you access to priority technical support.
BackupBuddy is the most popular premium WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups. It can also automatically store your backups in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.
If you use their Stash service, then you also have the ability to do real-time backups.
One of the biggest advantages of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription based service. After a one-time fee, you can use BackupBuddy on the number of sites mentioned in your plan. You will also get access to premium technical support forums, regular plugin updates, and 1GB of cloud storage to keep your backups.
BackupBuddy also allows you to duplicate, migrate and restore websites.
If you are not currently backing up your WordPress website, it would be a good idea to pick one of the above WordPress backup plugins and start using it as soon as possible to prevent any future loss of data.