If you’ve ever experienced the dread of potentially losing all your hard work following a security breach on WordPress, you’ll realise the importance of regular backups. In those catastrophic occasions when you’d otherwise be hoping for the best, there’s added reassurance that most of your content remains saved.
A WordPress backup plugin is an essential that no webmaster should do without. While some hosting services provide backup included, it’s always recommended to get your own independent plugin.
Thankfully, there’s a great selection of free plugins as well as more advanced paid options. In this guide, we’ve selected some of the best and most effective.
Taking into consideration the cost of BackupBuddy, this could be the most impressive plugin available. Choose from several packages depending on your needs from ‘blogger’ to ‘freelancer’ and ‘gold’. Thanks to the one-time fee, you won’t be bogged down with monthly subscription fees.
The clever features allow you to easily schedule backups on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. What’s more, you can store these backups on a platform of your preference including Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon S3 and more.
The small business or blogger might appreciate this free plugin from BackWPup. The easy to navigate setup enables for quick backups of your entire WordPress site with all data stored on the cloud service of your choice. Automatic updates can also be set according to your sites posting frequency.
More support is given on the paid pro version of the plugin, as well as the facility to store backups on Google Drive. But for most users, that free version should more than suffice.
This is another widely used plugin that enables quick and easy auto scheduling with a no-frills user interface. The ability to schedule backups for different databases and files can be useful for some websites but the free version won’t store backups to a cloud service.
However, you can opt for one of the premium extensions to save backups to Dropbox, Google Drive or FTP.
The free version of UpdraftPlus offers some handy features alongside all the basics. Not only will you have the choice of scheduled and on-demand backups but you can select which individual files to save. All the major cloud services are supported including SFTP, S3, Google Drive and Dropbox.
The premium version is just as impressive with added features such as database search and replace, as well migrating or cloning a site. All premium members have access to priority support.
This plugin has topped over 400,000 active installs making it one of the most popular compared with major rivals. While it does boast an easy-to-use layout, this plugin won’t backup all your media files. Instead, the conventional program only saves your WordPress database.
For those that don’t update their site often, this plugin should be more than adequate. However, for those that add plenty of images and multimedia, it’s worth opting for one of the options shown above.