WordPress Backup & Recovery Options

Creating regular WordPress backups is as important for your WordPress sites as it is with all your regular data files.

  • If the worst happened, would you really want to start again?
  • Would you be able to replicate all the lost data on your site?
  • How long would it take you to get your site up and running again?

Backups give you a peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations if your site was hacked or you somehow locked yourself out. There are several free and paid backup plugins for WordPress and most of them are fairly easy to use. Here we will take you through some of the best current backup plugins for WordPress.

Many hosts offer limited backup services, but remember that it is your responsibility to backup your website and, more importantly, to know how to recover and restore from a backup.

If you are not already backing up your site, then you should consider one of these WordPress backup options:

1. VaultPress

VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg (a WordPress co-founder) and his team at Automattic.

It is a subscription based service with different plans and pricing. VaultPress offers automated real-time cloud backup solution which charges a monthly subscription.

Setting up VaultPress and restoring from backups is just a series of clicks through an easy to use interface. With some of their packages, they also offer security scans.

2. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is a popular premium backup plugin for WordPress. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups and store them in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.

A big advantage of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription based service. You are licensed to use the plugin on the number of sites mentioned in your plan. You get access to premium support forums, updates, and 1GB of cloud storage to store your backups.

You can even use BackupBuddy to migrate your WordPress site to a new host provider.

3. BackWPup

BackWPup is a free plugin that allows you to create complete WordPress backup for free and store it on the cloud (Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, etc), FTP, email, or on your computer.

It is extremely easy to use and allows you to schedule automatic backups according to your site’s update frequency.

Restoring a WordPress site from backup is also very simple. There is a BackWPup Pro version comes with priority support, ability to store backups on Google Drive, and some additional features.

4. BackUpWordPress

BackupWordPress is a complete WordPress backup plugin with automatic scheduling support. It allows you to create different schedules for your database and files. The only issue with this tool is that the free version does not allow you to store your WordPress backups to a cloud storage service so you will need your own backup drive option.

If you want to store your backups on Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, etc, then you will need to purchase a premium extension for it. The extensions are available for each service, and you can buy the one you need or the whole bundle.

5. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is another WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to create complete backup of your WordPress site and store it on the cloud or download to your computer. The plugin allows you to create scheduled backups and store them to your chosen location. There is a premium version of the plugin with additional features and addons.

On the downside, despite having great features, some people feel it has a cluttered user interface which can make it difficult for beginners to locate the options they need. Despite the clutter, however, it still has a very good rating in the WordPress plugins directory.


Each WordPress backup plugin has it’s Pros and Cons. VaultPress is extremely easy to use and it offers real-time incremental backups. This means that instead of backing up all of your files every day or every hour, it only creates a backup of what has updated and literally within minutes of the update. This is ideal for large sites.

If you run a small-medium size website and hate paying monthly fees, then the popular BackupBuddy plugin may be a good option because it has its own cloud storage which makes it easy for beginners to store their backups in cloud with a matter of few clicks.


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