By creating a regular backup for your WordPress is the best thing you can do for yourself. Backups not only secure you against losing your site but also gives you a peace of mind.
There are several plugins out there for backup which are free and some paid and most of them are fairly easy to use. So here is our 9 Best WordPress Plugins for backup and restore.
#1 is my favourite and I use it on BloggerSprout.com and my other sites.
Regularly backing up your WordPress site is one of the most important things you can do to guard against losing all your data.
Important: Many Hosting Providers offers backup services but most of them are limited backup services. But its up to you to remember that it is your responsibility to backup your website on your own on a different medium other than the hosting service itself. Do not rely solely on your hosting providers for backup.
If you have not backed up your site yet then you should pick one of these 9 best WordPress backup plugins from the list below and start using it right today.
UpdraftPlus is a fantastic backup plugin that offers everything you need for a backup and restore of any WordPress site. It allows you to create complete backup of your WordPress site and store/send it to a remote destination like Amazon AWS, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc and even your computer.
You can set automatic backups and also manually backup when needed and restore the entire website or just a part like themes, plugins, database and uploads.
It also allows you to schedule backups and and add incremental backups. This plugin is available as free but it also has a premium version of the plugin with additional features and addons like automatic backups, remote storage options and many more.
Several plugins and websites offers thesame features but they charge you way higher than the price of the UpdraftPlus.
- All in one Backup & Restore Plugin
- Ease to use
- Clean Interface
- Easy to Backup and Restore
- Several Remote Storage backup options
- If you have a cheap hosting, the plugin can have issues.
- You need to check for server requirements.
Note: We have a complete Guide on How To Backup WordPress website automatically.
BackupBuddy is same as UpdraftPlus but it is a premium backup plugin for WordPress. BackupBuddy
It has features like scheduling backup daily, weekly or monthly backups and also has the option to store them on their hosting and sending them on remote destination like dropbox, google drive, amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud and many others and even email it to yourself.
BackupBuddy also has the feature to help you migrate your site from one server to another server and even on offline localhost.
VaultPress is created by Automattic and the WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg. This is a subscription based service with several types of plans and pricing.
VaultPress is an automated real-time cloud-based backup solution which starts at $5 / month, which is cheap and affordable by most of WordPress users.
Setting up VaultPress is just a matter of clicks and restoring from backups is also as easy as a click of button. VaultPress top level plan provide malware scans and other offer security scans.
- Runs on remote website, so you have no worries of maintaining that.
- Easy to setup and use
- Completely automatic
- You need to pay every month
- You will lose your backups if you don’t renew the subscription.
- Its costlier compared to UpdraftPlus, if you have multiple sites.
4. BackUp WordPress
BackupWordPress is a fabulous plugin and it is free in the WordPress repository. The free version of the p[lugin allows you to have complete WordPress backup with automatic scheduling support.
The plugin allows you to create different schedules for database backup and files/folder backup which can be stored on your hosting within the same directory in which your WordPress is installed.
If you want to send/upload your backups to remote destination then the plugin offers an addon for its parent plugin which is a premium and comes in a bundle and separate extensions for each cloud storage.
You can either purchase the required extension you need like google drive, dropbox, amazon S3 or buy the entire bundle.
The name of the plugin is enough to express the job it does. Duplicator is used to migrate WordPress Sites but it also has the backup features.
This plugin doesn’t have the advanced features like automated scheduling of backups and sending it automatically to remote servers. This plugin is for those users who like to manually backup their own WordPress site and their sites are rarely updated.
Backup has to be done manually and automated backup options are not available.
If you are looking for an awesome Free backup plugin that BackWPup is for you. It is a free plugin that allows you to create complete WordPress backup for free. It also has the automate scheduling of backups and storing it to cloud storage like dropbox, google drive and many others.
The backup and restore feature of this plugin is very easy and simple. The Google drive Cloud Storage option with this plugin is available only with the Pro version.
WP-DB-Backup dominates all other plugins in the WordPress repository as it has more than 2 million downloads while writing this post. This plugin is exclusively for those who wants to backup only their database.
WP-DB-Backup is only to backup your database and it doesn’t provide any other files/folders backup features, means if you plans to backup your wp-content folder then you have to manually do it.
If your blog has text based post/pages and doesn’t have any images or uses images from external sources than WP-DB-backup is a perfect solution for you.
It is also very helpful plugin for those users who doesn’t have access to their phpMyAdmin or fears to access their database or doesn’t know how to backup their database from phpMyAdmin or to backup WordPress database manually.
8. WordPress Backup and Migrate Plugin – Backup Guard
Backup Guard is another backup and restore plugin that offers the same features as other plugins. This plugin comes in 2 variants.
Free & a pro version
The Free version includes:-
- Backup WordPress site
- Backup files, database or both
- Choose which folders to backup
- Choose which database tables to backup
- Restore site
- Selective files or database restoration
- Download backups
- Import backups
- Multisite WordPress Network is supported
The Pro versions features are as follows:-
- Migrate site
- Fully automatic migration
- Multiple scheduled backups
- Upload to Dropbox, G Drive, Amazon S3, Box, pCloud, OneDrive & SFTP/FTP
- Import from Dropbox, G Drive, Amazon S3, Box, pCloud, OneDrive & SFTP/FTP
- Mail notifications
- Alert before updating
- Customize backup naming
- Backups retention
- Backups cloud path
- Background backup mode
- Emergency support – up to 24 hours
Most of the essential features are in Pro version and it will cost around $39. Retails at $99.
However, your needs may be different from mine. Which plugin is your favorite, and are you currently using it on your site? Do you have any other recommendations to add? Please voice your thoughts in the comments below!