Many WordPress users have lost their website data before. Yet, many of these users forget that they need to regularly backup their sites (even if their hosting provider offers backups).
There are different ways to backup your WordPress website. You can manually backup your site using the cPanel offered by your hosting provider. You can also turn to a WordPress plugin for additional, automated backups.
If you want to automate the process with a plugin, there are plenty of options.
Best WordPress Backup Plugins
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
WP Time Capsule
WP Database Backup
BlogVault offers regular website updates and stores them offsite for easy access. If you manage multiple websites, BlogVault has a multisite backup option. Restoring your website is simple too, if needed, and the plugin boasts 70% faster recovery times.
You can test changes and updates to your site with BlogVault’s staging tool as well as migrate to new domains, servers, or hosts without worry. If you have an online shop, BlogVault can also protect all of your orders with its WooCommerce backup integration.
Backup is a comprehensive backup plugin that's especially useful if you're migrating your site. With Backup, you can schedule backups at frequent intervals.
You can also choose to get email notifications when the backup is complete as well as download your backup files. Then, upload your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3 to keep them handy in case of emergency.
3. Backup Buddy
Backup Buddy allows you schedule your website's backups as needed. You can even direct the backup files to any offline storage destination. The plugin also makes the process of moving your WordPress site to another domain or host simple and secure.
4. BackWPup Free
BackWPup saves your website and accompanying files and sends them to external storage services such as Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, S3 services, and FTP.
The plugin helps you optimize your database and repair content if damaged. You can send backups to your email, and with the Pro version, encrypt your backups and restorations for further protection.
5. Jetpack Backup
Jetpack Backup offers real-time backups of your content. You can restore from any backup point on desktop or mobile in one click.
Jetpack Backup makes website monitoring easy. It automatically logs every change so you can figure out exactly what — or who — broke your site and prevent it from happening again.
6. UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
UpdraftPlus allows you to restore your website's functionality in one click as well as schedule backups or even split the backup process into multiple archives
The plugin offers the ability to send backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift, or email.
Duplicator is a backup plugin that helps you duplicate, clone, move, and transfer an entire site from one location to another.
It requires a bit of technical knowledge and doesn't allow you to schedule backups like other plugins, unless you purchase the Premium version. Still, this free plugin works well for manual backups as well as backups for specific sections of your site (if you don't want to backup everything).
8. WP Time Capsule
WP Time Capsule reduces the amount of time spent and storage used for full-site backups, and change you make on your website will be backed up automatically.
You can also restore your site with one click, so making edits and updates isn't a stressful experience. You can check your edits in real time using the Staging feature as well.
9. WP Database Backup
WP Database Backup allows you to set up a schedule for your website's automatic backups and download them via your WordPress dashboard.
Send backups and reports to your email address or save backup files to services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, or FTP. If you need to restore from a specific date, you can search backup files by date.
WPVivid offers scheduled, automatic site backups and one-click restores and migrations. The plugin allows you to send backups to remote storage services as well as migrate websites or files to new hosts and domains efficiently. You can also customize backup content and lock backups to prevent auto-deletion.
Choose Your WordPress Backup Plugin
Without frequent and reliable backups, your website's data can be lost in a flash. That's why performing backups is critical — a WordPress plugin can automate the process, saving you valuable time while keeping your website safe and secure.
Originally published Jan 1, 2020 7:19:00 AM, updated January 07 2021