You are extremely suggested to regularly backup your WordPress site. By having backup files, you will be able to restore your site if something bad happens to your server that cause you lose your site. While you can backup your WordPress site manually, there are several backup plugins you can use to set scheduled backups.
Before picking a backup plugin, make sure to check the features and capabilities of the plugin first. Make sure that the plugin you want to use has the features you need. For instance, if you plan to save the backup files to the cloud — Dropbox for instance — make sure that the plugin you want to install has the capability to save the backup files to Dropbox.
In WordPress, there are two main components you need to backup. The database and the files under the root directory of your WordPress installation. In general, WordPress backup plugins offer three backup options: database backup, files backup and complete backup
If you are looking for a backup plugin, following are 10 of the most popular, trusted plugins you can consider.
On the list:
- BoldGrid Backup
- WP Time Capsule
UpdraftPlus is the most used WordPress backup plugin. The plugin already has over 2 million installations. You can use this plugin to backup your WordPress site to a wide range of destinations. It supports cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Amazon S3. In addition, you can also store your backup files to your FTP service since it also supports FTP. UpdraftPlus itself is a freemium plugin.
You can use it for free with basic features. Premium version offers more advanced features like the ability to migration, incremental backups, database encryption, advanced reporting and so on.
2. BoldGrid Backup
BoldGrid Backup might is a suited backup plugin if you have a spacious FTP server. It is a freemium backup plugin for WordPress. With the free version you can backup your WordPress to your FTP server, while premium version also allows you to backup your WordPress files to Google Drive and Amazon S3.
This plugin allows you to select what components you want to backup, whether database or WordPress files. You can choose whether you want to backup you files daily, weekly or monthly. On the database setting, you can set which tables you want to exclude. BoldGrid Backup also has a site migration feature.
BlogVault backs up your WordPress site to its own server. According to a description on its site, BlogVault has helped restoring over 4,00,000 sites and trusted by brands like Adobe and Yoast. Your backups are encrypted using enterprise grade encryption methods (that’s what BlogVault says).
The basic features offered by this plugin are not much different to other plugins above. You can set the backup frequency whether daily, weekly or monthly. This plugin also offers on-demand backups, allowing you to take unlimited instant backups anytime you need.
If you have a premium account on a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive and want to set scheduled backups for your WordPress site, BackWPup probably is suited choice. The way this plugin works is pretty similar to UpdraftPlus. It allows you to store the backup files to a wide range of destinations, including popular cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
The basic features offered by BackWPup are not much different to other backup plugins above in which it allows you to backup the WordPress database and files. Some features that are available on the pro version are the ability to encrypt your backup archives and automatic restore.
Duplicator is a WordPress backup plugin developed by Snap Creek. It is available as a freemium plugin. While you can use it for free, there are several advanced features you can get if you upgrade to premium. Duplicator is a popular backup plugin with over 1 million installations.
The way this plugin works in backing up your WordPress site is pretty similar to UpdraftPlus and BackWPup in which it allows you to set scheduled backups to cloud destinations and FTP. Duplicator a suited option if you are looking for a backup plugin with a migration tool.
6. WP Time Capsule
WP Time Capsule also helps you to set scheduled backups and store them to cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive. What makes WP Time Capsule different to other backup plugins is that it backs up and restores only the changed files and database instead of the entire site. This can help you save lots of storage space. Other highlight feature offered by WP Time Capsule is real-time backup. Since only the new changes are backed up the total space used is infinitesimal.
ManageWP is a plugin developed by GoDaddy, a well-known domain seller. It is not designed specifically to be a backup plugin. Instead, it offers comprehensive features to manage your WordPress site like monitoring tool to get to know your site performance, optimization tool, security tool and collaboration tool.
Backup feature is also available in both free and premium version. The backup tool offered by ManageWP allows you to set scheduled backups. Free version only allows you to set monthly backup while premium version offers more backup frequency options. In addition, premium version also offers on-demand backup. Backups can be stored to the cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon S3.
Unlike 8 backup plugins above, CodeGuard is no available on the official plugin directory of WodPress. You can download this plugin once you have a created a CodeGuard account. CodeGuard itself stores your backups to its own servers. CodeGuard offers daily backup and automatic restore. If you want to restore your site manually, CodeGuard provides your WordPress files into a ZIP format.
CodeGuard can be a great solution if you are looking for an affordable backup service. More specifically, if you work for an agency. This plugin, for instance, allows you to backup 12 sites for only $49 per month with the storage space of 50GB. There is also a package for personal which costs only $5 per month.
BackupBuddy is another reliable plugin to backup your WordPress site. You can use it to backup the entire installation of your WordPres which includes database and WordPress files. BackupBuddy backs up your WordPress site to its own servers.
Same as CodeGuard, BackupBuddy is also not available on the plugin directory of WordPress. You need to buy it to download.