Ever lost your WordPress website to malicious scripts, bad code or cyber attacks? Made a change that you wish you hadn’t, have no way of going back ? If any of that sounds familiar to you, then you’ve might want to read further.
WordPress is normally a safe and reliable content management system for your website. But sometimes despite all your precautions, something might go awry. Say you lose your website, how would you go about restoring it to its former glory? By using a backup of course!
Manual versus Automatic Backup
Manual Backups will work for a small website with a small number of viewers and a small staff, but as your website audience and staff grows in size, you can seldom afford to allow your website to go offline. Whilst manual Backups offer more choice, it is definitely more cumbersome to keep manually backing up your website. You can read more about to how to use Manual Back ups on WordPress Codex.
Generally website admins are far too busy to manually back up their websites and failure to backup regularly can leave your website susceptible to avoidable downtime, should your website lose any data or fall victim to a hack. Or if your host’s servers come under attack physical (Any natural disaster, take your pick) or otherwise. For a website with a respectably large audience, it is best that you use a premium back up service or plugin. And even if your website isn’t a very popular one, you should still employ a free plugin at the very least.
Here are a few WordPress back up services that you might want to consider to help keep your website live 24*7 without losing any data .
Premium WordPress Backup Services
Even if you are on a tight budget, spending a little extra on a backup service is money well spent. These services do all of the heavy lifting for you, so you can sleep soundly know that your WordPress site is in good hands.
A back up service provided by Automattic, founded by Matt Mullenweg. VaultPress provides a plethora of back up choices ranging from the most basic starting at $5/mo to the advanced priced at $29/mo. In fact, we trust VaultPress to backup WPExplorer each and everyday.
VaultPress can create and hold an up to date copy of your website with daily/realtime syncing of all your WordPress content and provide automated restore options. In addition, a security scan is performed to keep you informed of any possible threats to site security.
It is very easy to look though the back up archive and decide which back up you might want to use. With VaultPress, you can easily restore your website with an FTP or SSH connection. You can download your backups and save it on any portable storage device or upload it to any online storage website like Google Drive or Dropbox. If you ever have any trouble with restorations, VaultPress provides great support to help you with website restoration.
For $29/mo, you get spam protection, automated restores, real time backups, security scanning, full backup archive and safekeeper support. The most minimal plan Lite, provides daily backup, automated restores, safekeeper support and a 30 day backup archive.
You can use VaultPress for mutliple websites with only one account. And you can access all backups by installing VaultPress Plugin.
BackupBuddy by iThemes
Use BackupBuddy to backup and restore WordPress websites seamlessly and without much effort at all. You can save your back up anywhere via Amazon web services, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, FTP and email.
With BackUp Buddy you can run frequent database backups or complete backups, use offsite storage options, use BackUp Buddy Stash storage, schedule backups, exclude certain files from being backed up and create backup profiles.
Restoration is very easy to follow, even for a WordPress newbie. BackUp Buddy can help transport your WordPress site to another domain or host easily. Other features of BackUp Buddy include email notifications, backup storage limits, individual file storage, malware scans, Database text replacements, database scan & repair and interactive site directory map.
A backup system that creates a backup of everything on your WordPress site. The setup process shouldn’t be too difficult for someone who’s been using WordPress for a while, the backups are created automatically and you can monitor any changes to files on your network.
Restoration can be done by downloading the zip file and performing manual restore, or selecting certain files to restore or the easy way would be choosing an automatic full restore. With plans ranging from $39-$239/mo it might sound a bit expensive, but it’s really not when you take into consideration that it’s protecting your site.
Snapshot is a plugin by WPMU DEV that creates backups of all content, entire database or specific tables. The plugin can be scheduled to perform automated backups and you can save your back ups to Dropbox, Amazon S3 or SFTP.
A secure backup system that helps WordPress users create backups automatically, perform auto restorations, migrate sites and view backups for up to 30 days. You can save any backup you want from the back up archive to Dropbox. You can test-run back ups on blogVAULT servers, to check if the selected backup is the one you wanted.
WordPress Backup Plugins
Just because you budget doesn’t give you enough wiggle room for one of the premium options we mentioned, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find an awesome plugin to help you regularly backup your site. Checkout these free WordPress plugins that are great options for backups.
Updraft is an effective and highly popular freemium plugin that helps create backups of your WordPress website on Amazon S3, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, Dropbox, FTP, SFTP, SCP, OpenStack Swift, WebDAV and even via email. You can have different schedules for your website’s files and databases.
Use Updraft to perform quick restores, auto backups with repeating schedules, migrate sites, select specific files to backup and download backup archives. If an upload stops prematurely or fails, the plugin reattempts the failed upload. Encrypt database backups with the premium version of the plugin. This plugin works in multiple languages and translation work is ongoing. The free version is great, but for more features you can switch to their premium plugin.
BackWPup is another freemium plugin that can perform automated backups of WordPress sites, perform WordPress XML export, optimize, check & repair databases. The backups can be stored via FTP servers, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace cloud, Sugar Sync and in the pro versions to Amazon Glacier and Google Drive. And if you ever need more features or support, simply upgrade to the premium version of the plugin.
BackUp WordPress can backup your entire WordPress database and all related files. You can manage multiple schedules, this plugin works on both Linux & Windows servers, you can exclude files and folders from your backups. This plugin has been translated into several languages.
A few points about Backing Up WordPress worth noting,
- Always maintain a full backup of your website, in the unlikely event that your backup service fails you.
- Frequency of blog posts by you or your writers can be used as a measure to determine backup frequency.
- Backup after and before major updates.
There is really no reason, not to back up your website. It’s better to be safe than sorry, which is exactly why backing up your website is highly advocated. Even if you were to feel that your website isn’t going to lose much in the way of traffic/revenue because of a little down time, you could still potentially lose everything you’ve put up on your website. I’d definitely recommend that you’d at least get a free plugin to help safeguard your WordPress site.
Have you tried any of the services or plugins we mentioned above? Or did we miss you favorite backup plugin? Let us know in the comments section – we’d love to hear from you!