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Top 10 WordPress Backup Solutions Compared

Top 10 WordPress Backup Solutions Compared

When you backup your website, you create copies of all the data your website consists of for safety measures. That way if something goes wrong you can always restore the original version of the website.

What can happen to your website? Quite a lot, actually. Your website may be attacked by hackers, an update can go wrong, a plugin can be compromised, a major website change may not work out, etc. etc.

Now that we’ve established the general importance of regular backups, let’s go ahead and discuss what features you should look for in all the best plugin options for WordPress websites in 2019.

What should you look for in a WordPress backup solution?

These are the main criteria of evaluation for a WP backup plugin:

  • Functionality

This seems like such a basic requirement — you merely want the plugin to work. But you’d be surprised what high percentage of scheduled backups are not fully performed and how many restore attempts then fail. It’s important that a backup service delivers on its promise.

  • Affordability

There’s no reason to overpay for a backup solution if you can get the same features absolutely for free or for very little money.

  • Automation

Even if you’re an extremely responsible person, there’s no reason for you to remember to perform website backups manually on a regular basis. A good backup solution will give you the option to set a backup schedule and forget about manual backups altogether.

  • Storage space

It’s important for your backup plugin to give you enough space to store around 10 backup restore points. This largely depends on the algorithms and backup methods a plugin uses, so do your research on these before making your choice.

  • Customizability

A great backup service will give you lots of options. For example, you may want to backup just the database or just the files, download a backup in different formats, schedule a specific time of backup, etc. Even if you’re not an advanced user quite yet, having the option to customize is pretty important.

  • Speed

No one likes to wait, and a good backup solution will use algorithms that’ll make the process of backup as fast and efficient as possible.

  • Ease of use

Backuping is not rocket science, and a backup service’s interface shouldn’t make one believe it is. Ideally, even a complete newbie will be able to easily set up a backup schedule, choose what to backup, download or restore a backup point, etc.

Now that we’ve discussed what to look for, let’s talk about where to look.

Best Backup and Restore Plugins for WordPress

This is a list of the best and most popular backup plugins for WordPress websites. We’ll go over each of them separately.

  1. UpdraftPlus
  2. BackupBuddy
  3. 10Web Backup Service 
  4. VaultPress 
  5. BackWPUp 
  6. Duplicator 
  7. BlogVault 
  8. WP Time Capsule 
  9. BackUpWordPress
  10. WP-DB-Backup


1. UpdraftPlus

UpDraft Plus

With over a million active installs, UpdraftPlus is probably the most popular option for backuping WordPress websites. With a user-friendly interface, the free version of this plugin gives you everything you might need for simple backups. It also includes automatic backups, as well as the option to save the backups offsite, for example in Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc.

If you own more than one site and are looking for advanced features, the price of the premium version is pretty affordable – $70/year for 2 websites, recurring at only $42.

UpdraftPlus doesn’t include any malware checks or security scans but it has an encryption option that can be pretty useful.

2. BackupBuddy

Backup Buddy

This is a great backup option with over half a million users. You can schedule backups, store them offsite or download them, and easily restore if you ever need to. Additionally, it includes security scans, a nice bonus in a backup solution. However, this option doesn’t come with a free trial – if you’re looking for additional functionality, you’ll have to go for a subscription from the get-go. And it’s $80 a year per site, unless you catch a good deal (like the one they’re running the moment I’m writing this) Besides, the plugin doesn’t support multisites and doesn’t work if you change the name or move the wp-content file.

3. 10Web Backup Service

10Web Backup Service

10Web’s backup solution is the only one on the market that is completely free in its full premium version. You get backup scheduling, the option to download and store your backups wherever, restore in a click, as well as 24/7 support and a completely free premium security service that’s perfectly compatible with it. In addition, you can use the differential backup method – you backup only the changes made since the last backup – which saves you tons of storage space and time. Learn more and get started no strings attached here.

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4. VaultPress

VaultPress

VaultPress is a great option for easily backuping and then restoring. You also get security scans and detailed information about each backed up file. This solution comes as a part of Jetpack, which means you need to get a plan (they start at $39/year) to access premium features, such as unlimited storage space, uptime monitoring, and spam protection.

5. BackWPUp

BackWPUp

This is a good option with a user rating of 4/5 for those who don’t have very sophisticated backup needs. It includes backup scheduling, free offsite storage options, multisite backups, and an intuitive interface. A big con is that you can’t migrate or clone your website or backup on-demand – you have to schedule backups.

6. Duplicator

Duplicator

The free version of Duplicator doesn’t give you the option to schedule backups, which is a significant drawback, but it is a very strong tool when it comes to cloning or website migration. It also doesn’t let you restore from backup points or get any support in its free version. To get any basic backup functionality, you’ll have to purchase a plan. Duplicator subscriptions start at $59/year and have to be renewed each year to get access to updates and support.

7. BlogVault

BlogVault

BlogVault will not only prevent your website from crashing, but also stand guard of its security. But it’s not really a backup plugin, it’s a cloud service that creates migration, security, and backup services for WordPress. So, it doesn’t really have a free version and gets quite expensive if you have more than one website: even backups for just one website start at $89/year.

8. WP Time Capsule

WP Time Capsule

WP Time Capsule, similarly to 10Web, uses the incremental or differential backup option, which lets you store a significant amount of storage space and time. You can also choose which files to backup and where to store said backups, backup in real time, and encrypt backups for additional protection. There’s a free 30-day trial and quite an affordable annual plan at $49/year.

9. BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress

This is a free small open-source backup plugin that obviously lacks some of the features of other plugins we discussed. Its main drawbacks are that it doesn’t support cloud backups in Google Drive or Dropbox and that in its paid version it basically has the same features as other plugins in their free ones. Also, you need some technical knowledge to be able to restore a backup and the backup files are quite large because you backup the whole website every time.

10. WP-DB-Backup

WP-DB-Backup

Another great option for those who don’t plan on purchasing a plan and aren’t looking for any advanced backup functionality. It’s a very easy plugin, doesn’t have the huge number of features you’ll never use. Its focus is the backup of your website’s database tables. The cons are numerous – there is no option to schedule backups, it’s not a full website backup, and you have to use phpMyAdmin for restores, which is pretty technical and not for a typical WP user, just to name a few.

 

This is a general overview of all the options you have for backuping your WordPress website. Hope you found it useful. Let us know in the comments which option you use and which benefits or drawbacks are most important to you.

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Nare Navasardyan
Nare Navasardyan
Nare is a writer at 10Web. Particular interests lie in technologized otherworlds, human sense-making, and cyborgs of all kinds. In her free time she enjoys being a stereotypical lady of letters and verse and petting her black cat Shami.

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