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Just a few weeks ago, a very nasty hacker kept trying to get into my website over and over again.
Although they did not manage to take my site down (because I have some security in place) there is always a chance.
So I thought to myself: what if hackers manage to get in and delete everything?
As a website owner, it is your worst nightmare!
Maybe someone hacked your site and deleted it. (like my nightmare)
Or you accidentally deleted it, or just some pages, yourself.
Or perhaps your web hosting company made a mess, and your site does not work anymore!
So many things can go wrong with a website, and you need to be prepared.
Rather than think, or hope you have a backup in place it is far better to be completely sure.
There are many reasons your backup might not there (and we have all been guilty of some of them):
It doesn’t have to be so hard because WordPress is so awesome and so many great developers have made plugins to help you solve this problem.
Having a backup is great, but if you are not a web developer than getting from a backup to a fully functional WordPress website is not easy.
So what is even better is a Backup and Restore Plugin.
The following are the ones I recommend you take a look at:
Backup Buddy is one of the simplest plugins I have ever worked with. And given how important backup is, that rocks!
Not only is it easy to use, but it easily backs up your WordPress website (database and files) and makes restoring it a cinch too.
To summarize what this backup buddy can do for you:
There are also a bunch of other plugins you can buy and extend this one with via iThemes such as syncing, remotely backing up clients websites and much more.
Backup Buddy Premium:
You can also extend your backup buddy features and support with a yearly fee to get such features as:
VaultPress is the most premium backup service you can get for WordPress. But it comes with a price.
Unlike the one-time fee you pay with Backup Buddy, VaultPress is a minimum of $5 a month for backup and restore.
What can VaultPress do for you:
If you want even more peace of mind, VaultPress offers more premium services such as:
Updraft is one of the better free backup plugins you can find. It has everything from scheduled backups, offsite backups and amazingly a restore function.
The features include:
This plugin makes a simple backup of your WordPress website (files and database) and allows you to export them to an offsite location for more secure backup.
This one is quite popular and is used by sites like WPBeginner and Huffington Post.
Their Pro Version offers some further features such as:
This plugin does a very simple job of backing up your WordPress website to dropbox. It copies both the database and the files.
I have used it in the past, but the lack of control and restore function made me switch to Backup Buddy. For starting out it is ok though.
I love this plugin for migrating WordPress websites. It does a great job of simply copying the full site (database and files) and giving you a simple way to restore it on another site.
BUT, it is a little technical (it requires you to copy files to your server by hand) so if you want just a one click copy or restore then scroll back up and look at the more premium plugins. This one is great, but it requires a little tech skill.
Basically it does the following:
So although this is not really intended as a simple backup plugin, it can be used as one. It is really great for migration though and has saved me on many occasions!
Personally I use Backup Buddy because it is simple, secure, reliable and does everything I need (regular backups, lots of copies, copies everything, and offsite on Dropbox).
And most importantly, it can restore your website – very important if you are non-technical.
I used to use WPBackupToDropbox but it did not give me enough control, was a little complex to set up and did not do restores. So now that I take care of my own and my clients websites, I use Backup Buddy for them all.
All of the others are ok for a website that is not that important or where you have a developer who can take care of it for you.
If you are a website owner and running your own website, I would go for Backup Buddy
Ashley is obsessed with SEO and WordPress. He is also the founder of Mad Lemmings. When he is not busy helping clients get higher on Google he can be found doing crazy sports in the Swiss Alps (or eating too much chocolate - a habit he is trying to break).