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10 Absolute Best Free and Paid WordPress Backup Plugins To Choose From

Profile photo of Amit Sharan Submitted by Amit Sharan December 13, 2016

You sure would not want to lose your precious data to hack, theft or accident. If you run a blog then you should be mindful of the safety and security of all your data.

Doing regular backup is important because you will have peace of mind knowing that your blog details are safe somewhere.

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In the event of any breach or accident you would be able to retrieve your information back.

In case your blog is built with the WordPress architecture you should be familiar with best backup solutions. The good news is that there are many options you can avail and these include free and paid solutions.

In this post, I am sharing with you some of the best solutions to back up your WordPress blog. So, here are 10 Best Free and Paid Solutions for Backing up Your Blog.

Best Free Backup Solutions

1 – BackWPup

BackWPup is a free WordPress plugin you can use to backup and restore your blog. It provides an easy interface for users to back up their files on hard drive, cloud, email and FTP.

This backup solution provides easy scheduling of automatic backup and restoration from Dropbox, Amazon S3, SugarSync and Rackspace.

Its ability to backup files on remote server makes this solution a must have for webmasters. However, for more priority support and Google Drive support the BackWPup Pro can be accessed for a fee from the developers.

2 – BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress is a free user friendly storage solution you can use to back up your WordPress blog. It only works to back up files in your hard drive or email.

However, if you will need to buy an extension if you choose to back up cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, etc.

This backup solution has great easy to use scheduling features. You can create individual schedules for your files and database.

It’s a perfect solution if you are blog is hosted on shared environment because it works on low memory and requires no set up. BackupWordPress is a very popular for WordPress users who wants a simple user friendly backup solution.

3 – Duplicator

Duplicator is a powerful and free backup solution you should try out. It has the capacity to backup, copy and clone your website with ease. What this means is that you can easily backup and duplicate your entire site from one location to another.

This gives you the advantage of ensuring you don’t have anything to worry about in the event that your blog/site experiences any serious breach of data loss and down time.

Duplicator does not support scheduling of backups and its usage would require above technical knowledge. Nevertheless, it’s worth trying this plugin which offers a dual benefit of easy migration of your site and the backup thereof.

4 – UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration  

UpdraftPlus is a very popular backup and restoration solution for blog owners. It comes with backup options that allow you to back up your files and databases to remote cloud based locations.

You can use UpdraftPlus to back up your files in Google Drive, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon S3, Dream Objects and other online storage servers.

The premium version offers you one gigabyte of backup storage on the Updraft Vault. Also you would be able to store your files in secure FTP, automate your backup when you are updating themes, clone databases and send files easily to remote locations.

5 – WP DB Backup  

This is your perfect backup tool for your WordPress database. The plugin is free and its a good option for those who don’t update their site often.

Another important feature you will find interesting about this tool is that it provides a way for you to do manual backups in the event that you cannot gain access into the back end or PhPMyAdmin of your site.

More so, it utilizes a plugin known as “magic Fields” to ensure you achieve custom field scheduling and backup with ease.

Although this plugin has limited features in the sense that you cannot backup to a different server, yet it’s a good option safeguard your files and database than not doing anything at all.

 

Best Paid Backup Solutions

6 – BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is premium plugin from iThemes. It provides an easy solution backing up your files, database, and images in your hard drive, email, FTP server, and cloud services like Amazon, Stash, DropBox, and Rackspace. You can select to backup licensed plan of one year.

For about $80 you can back up two blogs/websites, for $100 and $150 you can backup 10 and unlimited sites respectively. There is also a BackupBuddy Gold plan which offers users unlimited site backups and life time updates for $297.

This plugin can also be used to move a site to another host. Stash is its own storage that offers a backup space of IGB.You will need to pay extra to get extra storage space.

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7 – VaultPress

This is a high subscription based storage and backup solution from the developers of WordPress – Automattic. It offers real-time and continuous backup of posts, files, databases, etc.

VaultPress is unique because it offers additional security layer for content as sites are scanned for malware, vulnerable code and other threats. It offers easy restore and migration features which site owners and professionals would find satisfying.

VaultPress is an expensive plugin but offers automated real-time cloud backup solution starting at $5 / month. However, since accessing the plugin is subscription based, the expenses could add up if you run multiple sites.

8 – BlogVault

BlogVault is a tool that backups everything from your blog and let you have screenshot if it’s done correctly. It also provides unique test-restore features you can access to temporarily check if your blog was properly backed up before restoration.

In other words, this tool helps you sustain a certain level of control. BlogVault also offers you an effective migration tool that ensures you can move your site from server to another.

You can start with the basic plan which offers about $89 per year for one website.

9 – UpdraftPlus (Premium)

UpdraftPlus is the premium version of the UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration plugin. It offers unique backup, restore and migrate features for blogs.

It can restore your site using backups made from other plugins like BackupWordPress, WordPress Backup, Simple Backup, BackWPUp, etc. to Dropbox. UpdraftPlus backup and restores with ease every aspect of your website like themes, plugins, databases, etc

It readily stores your files in remote cloud services like Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, DreamObjects Rackspace Cloud, Dropbox, WebDAV, SFTP, FTP, SCP, OpenStack send it via email.

This tool also creates backups for non-WordPress files and databases. Customer support is available and users can access this plugin in about 16 languages. Starting plan for this plugin begins from $70 and 2 licenses for one year.

10 – Code Guard  

Code Guard is a premium plugin that offers backup and restore solutions for your blog. It has specific solutions for blogs built on the WordPress; other CMS built on the MySQL application.

It is highly effective backup system for which you can do daily automatic backup and automatic restore. More so, this tool gives you complete control over your restore as you can manually download the zip file of the files and database you have stored.

Code Guard has a starting Ninja Plan where you get to pay $5/month, enjoy backup of unlimited databases, daily backup and monitoring and email support. You can enjoy 14-day free trial on all plans.

Conclusively, these are 10 Best Free and Paid Solutions for Backing up Your WordPress Blog. Remember, it is important to do regular backup of your files.

These plugins have been selected based on their popularity and reliability. However, you should not rely on one backup system. Try spreading your actions for better security.


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50 Responses to “ 10 Absolute Best Free and Paid WordPress Backup Plugins To Choose From” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hi Amit,

    This is a superb list of WordPress Back plugins. The importance of doing backup cannot be ignored. Every webmaster must do so to achieve sanity and peace of mind.

    From this list, Code Guard and VaultPress seems to provide me with the best takes. Although they are paid, their offers are appealing!

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Sunday,

      Indeed, if one knows that his/her website has a reliable and dependable backup system.

      He/she would be calm in the midst of unforeseen events that could lead to data loss, damage, or theft!

      Using backup system is a proactive system that every marketer must embrace strongly.

      VaultPress and Code Guard are very good plugins for optimal backup!

  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hey Amit,

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tools. At least, both newbies and experts have something to takeaway from here.

    More so, businesses can start off with the free plugins and later upgrade to the paid plugins as their needs increases!

  • Profile photo of Abigail Chow Profile

    Hello Amit,

    You really took your time in putting together this list of free and paid WordPress backup plugins.

    I have heard of some of them like WP DB Backup but haven’t heard of others like UpdraftPlus.

    From what you wrote here, the free ones are good enough unless we want extra space.

    And I like being able to back up to cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hi Amit,

    My favorite backup plugin of all time has been UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration. I am happy that it is listed here.

    It provides so much functionality for me that I hardly see the need for upgrading to the premium version.

    What I like best about this plugin is its easy integration with cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Dream Objects and Rackspace.

    I recommend UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration for bloggers or webmasters who are not sure of the right plugin to use for their backup

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Celine,

      UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration is sure a very powerful plugin for newbies.

      I also recommend it to newbies that are just beginning to embrace the process of backup.

      Surely, its easy integration with Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3,etc is a big plus for us!

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hey Amit,

    It is foolhardy not to have a backup system for a blog or a website.

    If one is running a WordPress site or any type of site, it is vital that a system of backing up in real time be developed.

    So, I always ensure that plugins with real time backup system on cloud servers are the best. This applies whether they are paid or Free!

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi James,

      Thanks for leaving this comment. Reading it readily brings to mind the importance of cloud servers as a backup system.

      WordPress users should ensure that invest in a reliable backup system whether free or paid!

  • Profile photo of Sherman Smith Profile

    Hey Amit,

    Thanks for this list!

    It’s important to have your own backup just in case the host you use either doesn’t do it or have technicial issues regarding your site.

    I use BackWPup for my blog and I’m very satisify with it.
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    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Sherman,

      Surely, there is no denying the fact that the unforeseen can happen on your data or your site.

      Doing a reliable backup system is very critical. Thanks for agreeing to this fact.

      Yes, BackWPup is a good backup option for both new and experienced WordPress users!

  • Profile photo of Howard D. Bray Profile

    My favorite here is the Duplicator plugin.

    I like it because it has the capacity to backup, copy and clone websites with ease.

    It’s great when one can easily backup and duplicate his or her entire site from one location to another.

    I would have preferred if it supported the scheduling of backups, though.

    Great list nonetheless.

    Thanks for sharing, Amit.

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    Hello Amit

    Great list of backup plugings for WordPress.

    I use WordPress a lot for myself and clients a lot. My favorite plugin from your list is UpdraftPlus, I use the free version and it works great.

    I’m sure a lot of WordPress enthusiasts will find your post very helpful.

    Thanks

  • Profile photo of Dave Profile

    Hello Amit,

    These look like really good wordpress backup plugins.

    But what’s sad is many of us will read this and tell ourselves we will install and use one of them later, only to forget until something bad happens and we lose our important website data.

    I won’t be one of such people today. I will check these out now and try one out for my niche blogs.

    Thank you for this!

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hey Dave,

      You are right about the attitude of many readers with regards to the practicality of the using at least of these backup tools today. Being proactive making the most of these tools is better than just reading. Thanks for the advice!

  • Profile photo of Jerry Chong Profile

    I can relate to the importance of having backup solution for you blog.

    One time I lost all my niche sites data when they got hacked while on holiday.

    My host at the time couldn’t restore the data, they said the correct data got overwritten with the hacked versions.

    My advice for everyone is never start a site without a backup solution.

    With many free plugins for this, why shouldn’t everyone back up their sites?

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Jerry,

      I always feel cringed whenever I learn that someone lost his online data without backup. We so many good tools to backup our files and data but many are not taking advantage of them.

      Thanks for sharing your story and for giving the readers of this post a very strong advice!

  • Profile photo of Dennis Stover Profile

    Hello Amit,

    These all look pretty good for backing up and restoring a blog.

    Blogvault looks really good because of the screenshot it sends when done correctly. The migration to another blog feature is also good, but it’s paid.

    I would go with the free ones first to see if they are good for my needs before considering the paid ones.

    Thankfully you included the list of the free as well as paid. That’s a really good idea for those like me who would go with the free ones first.

    Thanks for this list.

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes, this post is about the free and paid options so that one can actually take advantage of the option that best suits his interest.

      For those who are tight budget or who are testing the fieldr the free version for now.

      Later they can upgrade to the paid versions for better features.

      Blogvault is amazing and its worth trying!

  • Profile photo of Bryan Joseph Profile

    I have used Duplicator and agree it’s good.

    It can really backup, copy and clone without problems. Duplicator is the right name for this plugin.

    I haven’t used the others because Duplicator works fine for what I need.

  • Profile photo of Jonna Cusack Profile

    Hello Amit,

    These are all really good plugins but I like BackupWordpress better because it works on shared environment and can accommodate low memory.

    I also don’t like when tools have complicated set up process, this doesn’t, which is really good.

    It’s also free and that’s good enough for most.

    Thanks for putting these plugins together.

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    I am a fan of BackUpWordPress and it have been using this free plugin for a long time. Its integration with popular cloud services like Google and Dropbox is appealing!

    WordPress bloggers must see to it that they embrace the right tool or plugin for effective backup and security of data.

  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Hey Amit,

    This list of free and paid WordPress backup plugins is timely.

    I have been wanting to research the Internet of possible backup tools for my Internet business.

    Now, I have options to choose from. Thanks for sharing them. From what I have read BlogVault seems to be an option to explore!

  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    Indeed, these are absolutely free and paid backup solutions for WordPress sites. Choosing from them is fundamental for protection of a blog.

    I have seen a friend talk so much about BlogVault and Duplicator. I should be able to checkout how this really works!

  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    I love going for simplicity and free as well as a tool that will provide me with safe backup of data.

    UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration sounds so very powerful and I should really take advantage of it!

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Paul,

      Yes going for free plugins as those listed above is great. However, you should explore better features with the Paid versions. UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration is powerful but its premium version has more functionality!

  • Profile photo of Norma Profile

    Hi Amit,

    With how many wordpress sites get hacked everyday this post couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Backing up wordpress sites help make hacking issues bearable once one can clean the hack and redeploy from backup.

    From the 10 free and paid plugins you detailed in this post, I prefer those which also backup to ones Gogle Drive, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon S3, Dream Objects or other online storage servers.

    Thanks for writing this.

    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hi Norma,

      It is cool having to read your comment. It is good to know you are making moves to backup with Google Drive and others you have listed.

      What absolutely matters is that you must choose to select the best from the lot, especially when it comes to having it easy with the backup process.

      Thanks for leaving your comment on this!

  • Profile photo of Mark Benny Profile

    Nice compilation, these are handy and important plugins to help cut cost. I actually use Udraft plus, and one good advantage i get from it asides being free is that my backup is automatic to One Drive, so it is not even saving on their severs but directly to one drive, i count that as advantage because even when their severs get compromised which i doubt very much, my backup will still be safe.

    Nice list!
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    • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

      Hey Mark,

      You are right about UpdraftPlus. It has more advantages than being free. Automatic backup to a preferred storage device means you are control. Hopefully, many people interested in the very best WordPress Plugins would find this handy! Thanks for adding more value to this discussion.

  • Profile photo of Chris Profile

    I have used WP DB Backup for many years on all my websites, and it is excellent, and free.

    As well as backing up either regularly or manually, it also makes it easy to re-install from a backup file (just upload it to the relevant folder and it appears as an option to select), which can be useful if you accidentally erase your whole site (yes, I’ve done that!) or if you get any problems.

    Chris

  • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

    Hi Amit,

    Thanks for writing about the 10 best free and paid WP backup plugins.

    Will you say the free ones are good enough or we also need the paid ones?

  • Profile photo of Krystsina Profile

    Hi Amit,

    That’s a really great list of WordPress Backup plugins. I used to work with Wix before, but now I’m trying to change it to WordPress, and I’m quite a newbie to it. That’s great that I’ve read your post, so I’ll choose one of the backup plugins and check it out :)
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  • Profile photo of Ali Rand Profile

    Hi Amit,

    This is a great list of backup plugins and definitely something that a lot of website owners forget to install!

    And one more thing to consider in a backup plugin is whether it runs on a Multi-Site WordPress installation.

    Because sometimes that would only be included in a premium subscription, not the free version! Just something to keep in mind when you’re researching.

  • Profile photo of darrellantonio Profile

    Hello Amit

    Great post! I have heard of Vault and Codeguard but thanks for informing and enlightening me to the others. I have learned how important and useful plugins can be .

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post it’s definitely going to help me improve my website.

  • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

    Hi Amit,

    Thank you for collecting all fo these plugins and sharing it with us! This post is good for specialists that are only starting their way in website optimization as every plugin is observed in details.

    I have found a lot of useful information, and all is written is a very simple language. As I am still learning to work with WordPress, all of these new pugins are just what I need.

    I can see that some of them are paid and some are free. I guess it is better to divide them into two groups and make some general review of the main advantages and weaknesses of both of them.

    But still all plugins are really useful, and their defintions perfectly describe the reliability of each of them. I will use this post to use these plugins in the future. Thank you!

  • Profile photo of Katrina Schuessler Profile

    I once lost an important wp site when it got hacked because of not having a backup plugin. I learned the hard way.

    I hope others reading this will use one of these plugins to prevent what I went through.

    Thank you for writing this, Amit.

  • Profile photo of Philip Verghese 'Ariel' Profile

    Hi Amit,
    This is really a wonderful and useful post.
    Though i have been using wp since few years i was not aware about these plugins, my friend who was helping me in the technical aspects are helping me out and i was not given much attention to it and in the recent time there was some problem with my hosting platform and I lost all my data and with the help of a friend i could get back all my data back and now i am able to use the plugin to take backups.
    Happy to see you yet another Indian blogger on the pages of Kingged
    Keep writing
    Keep sharing
    Have a wonderful time ahead
    Best
    ~ Philip
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  • Profile photo of Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha Profile

    Thank you for sharing.

    Keeping one’s data safe is paramount.

    I use VaultPress alongside my JetPack and it’s been working out well so far.

    One can’t simply afford to be complacent about having backups.

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