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7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (Pros and Cons)

Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website. Backups give you a peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out. There are several free and paid backup plugins for WordPress, and most of them are fairly easy to use. In this article, we will show you the 7 best backup plugins for WordPress.

WordPress Backup

Important: Many WordPress hosting providers offer limited backup services, but please remember that it is your responsibility to backup your website on your own. Do not rely solely on your hosting provider for backups.

If you are not already backing up your site, then you should pick one of these 7 best WordPress bckup plugins and start using it right away.

1. VaultPress

VaultPress

At WPBeginner, we use VaultPress to backup our site. VaultPress was founded by Matt Mullenweg (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 starting at $5 / month (which is good for most websites).

Setting up VaultPress and restoring from backups is just a matter of clicks. With some of their packages, they even offer security scans.

The only downside to VaultPress is that it is a recurring expense that can add up if you have multiple WordPress sites.

2. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy - The most beginner friendly WordPress Backup Plugin

BackupBuddy is the most 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.

The biggest 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 move WordPress to a new host with no Downtime.

3. BackWPup

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. The BackWPup Pro version comes with priority support, ability to store backups on Google Drive, and some other cool features.

4. BackUpWordPress

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 problem is that the free version does not allow you to store your WordPress backups to a cloud storage service.

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 Settings

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.

The only downside of Updraftplus is that despite having great features, it has a cluttered user interface. This makes it difficult for beginners to locate the options they need. Despite the clutter, it still has a very good rating in the WordPress plugins directory.

6. Duplicator

Duplicator - Backup and Migration Plugin for WordPress

As the name suggests, Duplicator is a popular WordPress plugin used to migrate WordPress sites. However it is also has backup features.

It does not allow you to create automated scheduled backups which makes it less than ideal for a regularly maintained site to use as its primary backup solution.

7. WP-DB-Backup

WP-DB-Backup

With more than 2 Million downloads, WP-DB-Backup is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins. The only problem is that it only backups your WordPress database.

This means that you will have to backup your media files manually. If you do not update a site too often or do not upload images, then you can use WP-DB-Backup as your primary WordPress backup plugin.

WP-DB-Backup makes it really simple to create database backups, schedule automated backups, and restore your database. It is also a very useful tool for users who do not have access to phpMyAdmin to backup WordPress dataabase manually.

Conclusion

Each WordPress backup plugin has it’s Pros and Cons. We use and recommend VaultPress for two main reasons. First it is extremely easy to use. Second, it offers real-time incremental backups. What that means is 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 like ours because it allows us to use our server resources efficiently.

However if you run a small-medium size website and hate paying monthly fees, then we recommend the popular BackupBuddy plugin. Why? Because they have their own cloud storage, Stash, which makes it easy for beginners to store their backups in cloud with a matter of few clicks.

That’s all. We hope that this list helped you pick the best WordPress backup plugin for your site. Make regular backups a habit and save yourself from a lot of trouble.

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Comments

  1. rokibul says:

    how backup my data plz help

  2. waqas says:

    How do i back Up my site after update wp ….?
    i’m confuse because I cannot backup my data and update wp new version please solve my problem

  3. Ck says:

    I have been using UpdraftPlus for years and found it a great tool and it’s free. However, I just ran into an issue and needed to restore a database with UpdraftPlus plugin which I recently updated. When I uploaded my backup which was downloaded from an slightly older version of the plugin, I received an error and found out that it was not backward compatible. The error message pointed to a “fix” for this which consisted of about 8 posts with absolutely no explanation or help what so ever.

    WHAT’S THE POINT OF A BACKUP/RESTORE DATABASE PLUGIN THAT IS NOT BACKWARD COMPATIBLE??? I think it’s safe to say – I’m done with UpdraftPlus.

    • Joe Miles says:

      This is highly unusual, but the reason for this isn’t incompatible backup formats (the backup format hasn’t changed). It’s a decision the WP core devs made about support for ancient MySQL versions.

      You’ll need to update MySQL on the destination site – which the documentation explains.

      For more help, please enter a question on the forum and we’ll be happy to help.

  4. Matt says:

    Maybe I’m dense, but the manual way to create site backups, including db backups, is not rocket science. So maybe I expect too much from a plugin designed to simplify the backup process. The sites I manage only require changes a few times each month. Sometimes not even that. So for me, it’s easier to use CODA to backup my site files, and rely on WP Database Backup to handle that. It’s so rare I need to restore a site, that I’d rather know my backups are legit.

    Today, after reading this article I tried to find BackupBuddy but your links don’t work, and the return results in Google also wouldn’t resolve to a page. So I installed BackWpup on a site to test. It took three tries to get it to work. Your tutorial was somewhat helpful, but there are some changes in the dashboard options I saw. I have no idea what was causing the plugin to just hang for an hour, especially on a very small site . . . but I deactivated it, reactivated it, created the Job Name all over again, and it finally worked. However, I had to reload the page for the progress bars to get to 100%.

    I went ahead and installed on a larger site and same issues. However, after 4 hours of messing with it, I finally uninstalled it. I lost work time thinking “any minute now” it’s going to work.

    Maybe it’s because I updated my core WP to 4.5 today, but I don’t think that’s the issue. I did post a comment on their support page earlier today, and haven’t seen a reply.

    I can now see why you just spend the money on a plugin that works. I guess I’ll have to do the same.

  5. Amy Yoffie says:

    Is there a backup program for my WordPress site that lets me do a backup of my site anytime I want? In other words, all the backup programs backup on a preset schedule, but sometimes I want to be able to add a backup manually.

    Thank you.

  6. Sagar says:

    On your recommendations here I tried almost all but finally I ended up with “BackUpWordPress” on my new blog – as this sends you a link to download the backup files.

  7. Homer says:

    Before, I’m using Updraft plus. But now, I used to subscribed a WordPress Management service. They take care my website for me. They have their own backup system which is indefinitely stored on a cloud service. They also do some task for me, task related to my subscribed website.
    credits to for such a good service

  8. Jorge Wong says:

    Have you heard about Backup Guard? For me it’s the best choice for backing up my blogs. Check it out ;)

  9. Richard Smith says:

    I’m afraid I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with VaultPress. It has proven to be difficult to set up correctly and the customer service is very, very slow. Additionally, the customer service reps I have dealt with have not been very helpful at all. I do not recommend them at all.

  10. Karen Ratte says:

    Try BlogVault. – Worth every penny. It has saved my bacon several times and easy to use, reliable and quick. Support is fantastic too.

  11. ERDAL says:

    UpdraftPlus is the best by far

  12. Mark C. says:

    This is a good article and many will find it very helpful.

    However, for 2015 I’m very surprised that number 7 (WP-DB-Backup) made the list as it only backs up the database. With respect to WP-Beginner, the title of the article uses the word “best” not “most popular” and backing up only the database is certainly not the best practice in today’s WordPress environment.

    Many free backup plugins have the option to backup just the database on a schedule. Heck, most security plugins do as well – and on a schedule.

    Also, I’ve found that Akeeba Core for WordPress is a great free solution for complete backups as well as restores. BackupBuddy is my preferred choice, but some who are on poor hosting have time out issues with it. Akeeba Core is a good alternative to try as it uses a different technology that seems to have more success with those hosts.

    All in all a great article.

  13. JennyC says:

    Thank you this extremely helpful! It’s seriously like wordpress for dummies. Thanks!

  14. Emily says:

    UpdraftPlus is absolutely awesome! and the free version is cover most needed for just backup + upload to cloud storages. I tried it before found this. And I don’t thank they have bad interface. It really simple to use and very easy. Just a few clicks and you go. I really love it!

  15. Prithviraj says:

    BackWP UP is not worth. It makes great backup. Everything in a Zip, but restoring needs Adminer. It made all the restoration full of hassle. In the end, I did a manual restore, which was a crazy difficult task. Although I did it.

    • Joe Miles says:

      The review says BackWPUp is complete – but without the ability to restore backups it’s incomplete!

      UpdraftPlus has quickly become the world’s most popular backup in the last year because it is complete. BackWPup can even use UDP to restore backups made with their plugin.

    • Cathy Goodwin says:

      Same problem. I think it’s important to add a note to this post to show that BackWPUP requires extra software or plug-ins to restore. One reason to use backup is to clone and this won’t do it.

  16. Gabriela says:

    You should also take in consideration the WP MyBackup which has many advanced features that other plugins do no provide. Besides that is comes FREE. If you need a more versatile version of it then it has also a PRO version which comes for only few bucks.

  17. niki says:

    I have a few clients on Godaddy hosting (ughh!) and Backupbuddy is no longer working because they choke their servers…does anyone have any experience with vaultpress and Godaddy? It is making me nervous that the sites are not getting backed up properly and I’d love to have the peace of mind :)

  18. Stanford Griffith says:

    If you want to migrate a site with UpDraft Plus, you’ll need to spend $30/year for access. It’s for an unlimited number of sites, but the year isn’t just support (60 days) and updates (1 year); it’s also support to install it on any new sites.

    I tried just backing up with the site as a test before I bought the migration add-on, and it failed miserably after 10% of a tiny site.

    • David Anderson says:

      Hi Stanford,

      Sorry to hear you had a negative experience with UpdraftPlus. I’ve searched our support system for your name, and couldn’t find any tickets – please do file one if you have a problem. People have successfully used UpdraftPlus on sites up to 50 gigabytes in size (we’ve not tested beyond that).

      Just to clarify – if you purchase the Migrator component, then you can download a zip file from your account page to install which you can use whenever you like – for life. It’s only the alternative install method, via connecting to updraftplus.com and downloading the latest add-on from your account, which you only have access to for 1 year; but, you don’t need to use that method.

      David

    • Heinrich Ferreira says:

      I’ve used several of the above plugins and none come close to UpDraftPlus. The UI is simple and to the point so I can’t see how the UI is cluttered.

      I’ve been using UpDraftPlus on over 10 sites without a hitch. It’s been flawless on each site. I’ve also had to transfer all 10 sites over to a new host and without this plugin it would have been a nightmare. I didn’t need to use the migrator plugin at all but that may be down to how I installed each site.

  19. Howard Lee Harkness says:

    I have used Backup Buddy on several sites for a couple of years. Up until about two months ago, it worked really well. I even used it to migrate all of my sites to a new host using a lot less time than I expected.

    Then it broke.

    I’m not sure why, and the tech “support” at iThemes doesn’t know, either. I keep getting the same set of things to try (which I already did after reading their help files, and before submitting my first support ticket).

    I’m guessing that there is a problem with a firewall plugin that I use, but even disabling all other plugins and renaming the .htaccess file does not get BB to work. For now, I am using the cPanel backup — which works, and fairly quickly — despite the fact that it’s a little less convenient than BB *used* to be. But a backup that actually works is much better than one that doesn’t.

    I don’t really fault the program itself, but the “support” staff there is truly clueless.

    • Jimmy Krug says:

      I’ve had the same thing happen with other plugins (Backup Buddy, Updraft Plus, etc.) They work good until… they don’t. Today I use a combination of plugin and Cpanel Backup. With Cpanel, I backup the Home Directory first, then the databases. By using a combination of plugin along with Cpanel, I have a “plan B” if something strange happens with one of the plugins. Sure, it takes a few extra minutes to make a Cpanel backup, but it’s worth having the peace of mind.

  20. Jamila Chisti says:

    WP-DB-Backup makes it really simple to create database backups, schedule automated backups, and restore your database.

  21. francoise says:

    Hi, is there a plugin that support both the daily scheduling and the choice of only a particular user posts?

  22. Shams says:

    I votes Updraft Plus as the best backup plugin and there are many valid reasons for it;
    It is a completely free plugin. Anyone can take backups on local or remote storage without paying a penny.
    It supports Dropbox with the help of which anyone can store backup on cloud and restore it on any hosting server. And thus it makes WordPress server migration very easy.
    With the help of Updraftplus we can restore WordPress database and even files via WordPress dashboard and there is no need to do any work around like in Backupbuddy.

    • Umar Farooq says:

      AWESOME!!!!!!
      You just have solved my BIGGEST problem mate! Thanks for your review of Updraft Plus plugin :)

  23. David says:

    Greetings. I just installed and used UpdraftPlus (the free version). I agree with your review except that I did not find the interface at all cluttered. In fact, it is great and simple to use. I linked the backups to do remote backup with two clicks, to use DropBox. I am very pleased and impressed.

    By the way, if you ask for an email address, it would be good to say something about how/why you are using it, and whether it will be publicly visible or not. In any case, thank you for a good review.

  24. Mike says:

    The only worthy and truly free ones are UpdraftPlus and xCloner

    The other plugins are paid services or you have to pay to restore your backup
    With UpdraftPlus you can backup and restore from GoogleDrive, Dropbox, Amazon S3…

    xCloner is a more advanced solution, it also works as standalone solution for any website, but only supports Amazon S3 as a remote backup service, the problem with Amazon S3 service is that its only free for 12 months after registration

  25. simone says:

    Are you sure that the light vaulpress plan includes the incremental backup ? From what I see on their website, it doesn’t.

  26. Michale says:

    “Restoring a WordPress site from backup is also very simple. The BackWPup Pro version comes with priority support, ability to store backups on Google Drive, and some other cool features.”
    Really? HOW EXACTLY, since BackWPup doesn’t have a Restore Backup function?!? For restoring backups you have to use another plugin and it all but easy! Did you even try this plugin before recommending it?

  27. Arthur says:

    I am using WordPress Backup (https://wordpress.org/plugins/backup-wp/) and it works like a charm. Highly recommended if you are looking for something simple!

  28. Dedek Hajes says:

    Updraft, BackupWordPress, Duplicator all fails on large sites.

    I’ve got about 2.2GB eGallery and they fail due timeouts, no matter what hosting.

    Solution?

    Manual backup via FileZilla. Perhaps, once I become pro I go for VaultPress. That seems to be only one solution left for large sites.

    • Mark C. says:

      Dedek – more than likely the reason for the timeouts on large sites with those plugins is the host has set the servers up for short PHP run times. Some hosts will adjust their settings if you call and ask and tell them why you need it.

    • Heinrich Ferreira says:

      I think you’ll find your host setup is the issue. I’ve backed up and restored sites around 6gb without any issues.

  29. Bill Hibbler says:

    Backup Buddy is no longer free, unfortunately. The license ends up costing far more than the subscription based service you use unless you have a lot of sites to backup.

  30. xpil says:

    My favourite choice is UpdraftPlus. Fort a small site with a single-target backup store, the free version does its job just perfectly. And I had an opportunity to test the restore process, too. It is relatively painless, although some basic knowledge of MySQL databases and Linux filesystems is necessary.

  31. Steve says:

    Just loaded up WP-DB-Backup, bit concerning no update on repository for 1 year, super easy to install and configure…wow

  32. Syed Balkhi says:

    That’s awesome. Glad to help :)

  33. owlsheadbiz says:

    Many thanks for the recommendations! Just installed BackUpWordPress and it worked like a champ.

  34. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Some web hosts may have restrictions on installing some plugins. Please contact your web host for more information.

  35. Warren Johnson says:

    I just looked at BackWPup (9/2014) and the message on WordPress is that this backup tool is not allowed.

  36. Ricky Douglas says:

    I was using Online Backup for WordPress to take care of my backup needs but after reading this review i’ve decided to give BackWPup try.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Ricky

  37. WPBeginner Staff says:

    David,

    We feel that our beginner level users
    would be overwhelmed by the number of options. The options and
    instructions on the updraftplus’ settings tab can be simplified using UI
    elements like help buttons which expand when a user clicks on them to
    show instructions. The text can be made more easy to read. Unnecessary
    notifications can be hidden or closed once they are displayed.

    . There is no button to close the two notifications that appear on plugins settings page.

    . On the settings tab there are too many options.
    . Whole sentences of instructions are linked.

    . There is a request to purchase addons multiple times on the settings tab.

    We
    think that all these things can be cleaned up to create a better UI and
    a better user experience, which will make updraftplus even more user
    friendly.

    Thanks

    • Emily says:

      Agree with this but actually I like the link that open for more information. As beginner sometime use google for every sections is such a painful lol

  38. Brian Breslin says:

    Hey what about PressBackup?

  39. Stephen Lahey says:

    I love BackupBuddy. So quick and reliable. I can’t imagine using anything else for my WP sites.

  40. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Yes, you should always have your own backup system in place. Many of our users found themselves in situations where their hosting providers backup was corrupt or simply not available. Remember that your hosting provider is not obliged to backup your site. Its better to be safe than sorry.

  41. David Anderson says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for including UpdraftPlus in the review. I was really surprised about the comments about the user interface, as this is something we’ve put a lot of effort into simplifying…. and the ease of use is mentioned very frequently in our reviews (and I can’t remember when I last saw a review that said that it was complex) – http://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/updraftplus – I’d be really grateful if you could elaborate, because if there’s anything that can be further simplified then I would be grateful.

    David

    • Uriahs says:

      there is nothing wrong with the interface…our company use it to backup all of our clients websites also ours. I haven’t seen anything that a beginner level user would find hard. Great product, thanks

  42. Jason says:

    Thanks for these great selections! I have most of these in my list as well; however, I have been using Online Backup for WordPress by Backup Technology on a couple sites. It has worked very well for me. If I ever do go the premium route, I would go for Backup Buddy for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Matt says:

    i am currently using godaddy as my host and they have a backup system integrated into their CPanel. Are there any advantages these 7 wordpress backup plugins have over godaddy’s backup system? thank you!

  44. Manuel Echeverry says:

    I personally use backWP up and it works as good as it said, fortunately untill know i didn’t used the backup but is good to have the peace of a backup stored in the cloud

  45. Kate_H says:

    I have tried the majority of the free backup plugins but have discarded them all for one reason or another. I like the idea of VaultPress but really didn’t want another subscription based service so I finally took the plunge and purchased a licence for BackupBuddy and so far I have been really pleased with how easy it is to use. The hardest part was opening and creating the storage accounts so I could save different backups to different locations.

  46. Jer Trihouse says:

    Updraft-Plus and Xcloner are both worthy of consideration; and free

  47. James Salmons says:

    You articles are among my favorites and I have previously found every
    tip to be right, but I have to say that I have found one point here to
    be quite different than my personal experience.

    After using a number of other backups and finding most of them confusing at some point I switched to Updraft Plus exactly because it was so user friendly.

    For example, when you want to restore you click on a big restore button, it shows you a list of a half dozen big buttons to restore each category:
    pages, posts, database, etc. Very easy. I found the same to be true with
    each stage of setting it up.

    I had a friend with a strange saying: “As the farmer said when he kissed the cow, everyone to his own taste!” Perhaps the same applies here, we all have different tastes and come from different backgrounds, but I find Updraft Plus very easy to use.

  48. Ihor Vorotnov says:

    Check Revisr – a free plugin to deploy and backup your wp site with git (including database). It’s new but looks very promising.

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