Beginner's Guide for WordPress / Start your WordPress Blog in minutes

7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (Pros and Cons)

Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website security. Backups give you peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations such as when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out.

There are several free and paid WordPress backup plugins and most of them are fairly easy to use. In this article, we will share the 7 best backup plugins for WordPress.

Best WordPress Backup Plugins

Important: While many WordPress hosting providers offer limited backup services, we always recommend our users to not rely solely on them. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to keep regular backups of your website.

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

1. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus best WordPress backup plugin

UpdraftPlus is the most popular free WordPress backup plugin available on the internet. It is used by more than 2 million websites.

UpdraftPlus allows you to create a complete backup of your WordPress site and store it on the cloud or download to your computer.

The plugin supports scheduled backups as well as on-demand backups. You also have the option to choose which files you want to backup.

It can automatically upload your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, S3, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email, and several other cloud storage services (see our step by step guide on how to backup & restore your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus).

Besides backing up each WordPress website, UpdraftPlus also allows you to easily restore backups directly from your WordPress admin panel.

UpdraftPlus also has a premium version with add-ons to migrate or clone websites, database search and replace, multisite support, and several other features. The premium version also gets you access to priority support.

Pricing: Free (UpdraftPremium Personal for $70)

Review: UpdratPlus is the most loved WordPress backup plugin in the market. It has over 2 million active installs and 4.9 out of 5 star rating average. While the free version has a lot of features, we recommend upgrading to UpdraftPlus premium to unlock all powerful backup features.

2. VaultPress (Jetpack Backup)

Jetpack Backups

Jetpack Backups is a popular WordPress backup plugin by Automattic, the company created by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.

This plugin was originally launched under the name VaultPress which is what we use on WPBeginner, but now it’s been redesigned and rebranded as Jetpack Backups. We’ve started to switch several of our websites to the new Jetpack backup platform because it’s more up to date.

Jetpack backup plugin offers automated daily and real-time cloud backup solution without slowing down your site. You can easily setup Jetpack backups and restore from backups within few clicks.

The higher plans of Jetpack also offer security scans and several other powerful features.

There are a few downsides of using Jetpack backups for beginners.

First, it is a recurring expense that can add up if you have multiple WordPress sites because you pay on a per site level.

Second, the purchase flow is quite complicated, and they force you to install the Jetpack plugin to purchase a subscription. The good news is that you can manually disable all the unnecessary features of Jetpack except for backups, so they don’t slow down your site.

Lastly, backups are stored for only 30-days on the lower plans. If you want an unlimited backup archive, then you would have to pay the $49.95 per month per website which is significantly more expensive for beginners when compared to other solutions listed here.

WPBeginner website is still using VaultPress (older version of Jetpack) because we got grandfathered in at their older pricing which was a lot more favorable.

However even at the higher price, Jetpack backup is completely worth it due to the stellar reputation of Automattic. This is why we pay for higher priced real-time backup plan for our new sites like All in One SEO because it’s an eCommerce store, and we want maximum protection.

Pricing: From $9.95 per month for Daily backups plan or $49.95 per month for real-time backup plan.

Review: Jetpack Backup is a premium backup service with a premium price point. If you’re already using JetPack for other features like JetPack CDN for photos, social media promotion, Elastic search, etc, then it’s good value to purchase their Complete plan bundle for best value. If you’re just after real-time cloud backups for WordPress, then you can also look at BlogVault in our list because they offer more affordable pricing for beginners.

3. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy WordPress Backup Plugin

BackupBuddy is one of the most popular premium WordPress backup plugins used by over half a million WordPress sites. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, and monthly backups.

With BackupBuddy, you can automatically store your backups in cloud storage services like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.

If you use their Stash service, then you also have the ability to do real-time backups.

The biggest advantage of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription-based service, so there is no monthly fee. You can use the plugin on the number of websites mentioned in your plan.

You also get access to premium support forums, regular updates, and 1GB of BackupBuddy Stash storage to store your backups. In addition, their iThemes Sync feature lets you manage up to 10 WordPress site from a single dashboard.

You can even use BackupBuddy to duplicate, migrate and restore websites.

Pricing: $80 for Blogger Plan (1 Site License)

Review: BackupBuddy is a cost-effective premium WordPress backup solution for you. It has full set of features you’ll need to backup, restore and move a WordPress site. In the nutshell, it’s a powerful UpdraftPlus and VaultPress alternative that you can use.

4. BlogVault

BlogVault Best Backup Service for WordPress

BlogVault is another popular WordPress backup service for WordPress. It’s a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution rather than just a WordPress plugin. It creates offsite backups independently on BlogVault servers, so there will be a zero load on your server.

BlogVault creates automatic backup of your website on a daily basis and also allows you to manually create unlimited on-demand backups. It features smart incremental backups that sync only incremental changes for minimal server load. This ensures optimal performance for your site.

Besides backups, it helps you to recover your website easily. You can store 90 days backup archive on lower plans, and 365 day backup archive on higher plan, so you can recover your site from any mishap.

It also has a built-in staging site feature to let you test your website easily. Plus, they provide an easy option to migrate your website to another host.

BlogVault features are very promising for small businesses, and their real-time backup plan is quite affordable when compared to Jetpack backups (half the price). However if you compare it to self-hosted plugins like Updraft or BackupBuddy, then the cost per site is more expensive.

Pricing: $89 per year for Personal Plan 1 Site License for daily backups. $249 per year for real-time backups.

Review: BlogVault is an easy to use WordPress backup solution. It creates offsite backups, so your website server will not be over loaded with your backups. The pricing seems very affordable for small businesses who want real-time backups but don’t want to pay the premium pricing of Jetpack backups.

5. BoldGrid Backup

BoldGrid Backup WordPress plugin

BoldGrid Backup is an automated WordPress backup solution by BoldGrid, which is a website builder powered by WordPress.

It allows you to easily create your website backups, restore your site after it crashes, and you can even use it to move your site when switching hosts. You can set up automated backups or manually create backups with one-click.

BoldGrid Backup comes with an automated fault protection feature which automatically creates a backup of your site before it updates. If an update fails, it automatically rolls back your WordPress site to the last backup. It’s a great feature which protects you against update errors.

With BoldGrid Backup, you can store up to 10 backup archives on your dashboard and more in a remote storage locations like Amazon S3, FTP or SFTP.

Pricing: $60 per year (Includes all of BoldGrid Premium tools & Services)

Review: BoldGrid Backup is a simple WordPress backup plugin that you can use to create your website backups. The advantage of using this plugin is the bundle of other powerful tools you’ll get with the purchase of this plugin.

6. BackWPup

BackWPup free WordPress backup plugin

BackWPup is a free plugin that allows you to create complete WordPress backups 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.

Pricing: Free (Premium plan is also available)

Review: Used by over 600,000 websites, BackWPup is a great alternative to other backup plugins in the list. The premium version of the plugin adds more powerful features including easy and quick website restoration from the backend with a standalone app.

7. Duplicator

Duplicator WordPress plugin

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

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

Pricing: Free

Review: Duplicator lets you create manual backups of your WordPress site easily. If your web host creates regular backups, you can use this plugin to create backups to use on staging environment. It’s a great site migration plugin.

Final Thoughts

Each WordPress backup plugin in our list has their pros and cons, but all of them offer complete WordPress file backup as well as full database backup features.

We use Jetpack Backups for two main reasons. It is extremely easy to use, and it offers real-time incremental backups.

What this means is that instead of backing up all of your files every day or every hour, it only creates a backup of what has been updated literally within minutes of the update. This is ideal for a large website like ours because it allows us to use our server resources efficiently.

However, if you run a small to medium size website and hate paying monthly fees, then we recommend the popular UpdraftPlus plugin. It comes with all the powerful features like backup encryption, encrypted backup transport, and tons of cloud storage options.

Whichever WordPress backup plugin you end up choosing, please do NOT store your backups on the same server as your website.

By doing that, you are putting all of your eggs in one basket. If your server’s hardware fails or worst you get hacked, then you don’t have a backup which defeats the purpose of setting up regular backups.

This is why we highly recommend storing your backups on a third-party storage service like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc.

That’s all. We hope that this list helped you pick the best WordPress backup plugin for your site. You may also want to see our step by step WordPress security guide for beginners, and our comparison of best email marketing services for small business.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Our content is reader-supported. This means if you click on some of our links, then we may earn a commission. See how WPBeginner is funded, why it matters, and how you can support us.

The Ultimate WordPress Toolkit

Get FREE access to our toolkit – a collection of WordPress related products and resources that every professional should have!

Reader Interactions

179 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thank you for this information; I know now what to do with my site backup planning. I appreciated

  2. Giving BackWPup a go right now! Don’t like that I can save direct to my computer but trying with backup to dropbox.

    Thank you for this list!

  3. Thanks for giving such knowledgeable information. I will use updraft plus plugin for my blog website.

  4. OMG I am So glad I have found you! I am feeling so lost on this set up journey! Thank you for providing a site like this :)

    • The information in our article is still correct, the only recent change is Duplicator has added a pro version that allows scheduling since the last update to this article.


  5. Currently have a WordPress site online with daily backups. Some day I may wish to move the site to another company. Do you have instructions on how to backup my site and set it up on my PC, edit it if i wish, then move it to another hosting company?

  6. I am sunsetting my website hence I would like to save all the pages & posts in one go and access my content later on my computer. Is this possible to do with these plugins e.g. UpDraftPlus?

  7. Thank you; this is exactly the type of information I look for from WPBegginer. Much appreciation for those who share their stories and insights, as well.
    I am on a shoestring budget so understanding how powerful free alternatives are is a godsend.

  8. Hi, thanks for the info. Must say that I use Updraftplus on most websites. also, these days moved for maintained hosting and found that creating backups from the server it’s also a good idea. for people with the paranoia of losing data.
    Thanks again

    • Glad you like our article and thanks for sharing your recommendation for other users.


  9. Thanks for this list and, in actual fact, for all your other very helpful lists. I seem to have found this a bit late though.
    I’ve been using All-In-One WP Migration for the past year and I’ve been very impressed with it. I first used it as I needed to migrate from one host to another, which it was perfect for, but I now use it for my regular backups. Works pretty well.

    Thanks again for all of your valuable advice.

  10. I am creating backups for my WordPress site with Updraftplus. It really saved my life a few times. In my opinion, it is the best backup plugin for WordPress. Accidentally, I found a new free backup plugin called WPvivid Backup/Restore (from WordPress plugin directory) and installed it on my site. Surprisingly, it works very well on my site. Many WordPress blogs have posted the articles about the popular backup plugins. Being an audience, sometimes we want something new.

  11. Hi – I’ve been using Updraft Plus for a while now – backing up onto server and downloaded to local hard drive. However recently it won’t complete a backup – takes ages goes around in circles. I contacted my web host – they say because it’s on an Apache server it won’t complete Cron jobs and that I should switch to professional hosting – and I need a backup before doing so. Is this correct?

  12. I use Updraft back up. Now, a recent update came with an incremental update.

    I have “a talent” to mess up my websites so this plugin saves my a?? every time ;)

    • Hey Aditya,

      Please see our analysis of both. It actually depends on your needs. Duplicator is excellent but it lacks certain features of other backup plugins like storing backups to cloud, automated scheduled backups, and more.


  13. Note: BackupBuddy can no longer reliably back up to Rackspace. I’m using Rackspace only because it was an option that iThemes promoted; I had never heard of it before and would not be using it if not for iThemes. So I have a big problem. I’m currently spending a huge amount of time figuring out how to continue backing up.

  14. FYI Looks like BackupBuddy is not free anymore, I searched for the plugin and could not find it then searched Google and found their page with their new pricing plans.

  15. I am new WPbeginner here. I dont understand which is better for me. Can you help me ? give some advice .

  16. Updraft Plus is garbage! There’s some random JavaScript or jQuery problem error that the Updraft team is dismissing. It appears as an error in the WordPress Dashboard of your site. It says: “Warning: If you can still read these words after the page finishes loading, then there is a JavaScript or jQuery problem in the site.” It makes the Updraft plugin unusable (it will not perform backups, won’t even do a migration if you purchase the premium addon). The proposed fixes don’t work, and the Updraft support response was basically, “sucks to be you.” I will NEVER use that plugin again! The lack of concern by the support team was disgraceful!

    • Hi,

      Our apologies for your experience with our support team. It is very important to us that we resolve all support requests.

      The ‘JavaScript or jQuery error’ message indicates that there is a conflict or other issue on the site that is preventing UpdraftPlus from loading its own JavaScript.

      I’m afraid that I cannot find a support request in our system that matches your name here, but if you can open a new support ticket via our support form and ask for the ticket to be assigned to ‘DN’, we can attempt to resolve the conflict (or provide a refund for any add-ons if we cannot).

      • I tried it earlier on my blog and found memory exhaust problem. Increased php memory to 256. Not success. So stopped using. Again installed a week back and found same problem. I am on linux shared 512 M. Uninstalled yesterday. Found it backup everything database, images, plugins which is really not necessary on daily or weekly.

  17. Backupbuddy and duplicator are my favorites but started with a year license for Updraft and when I should use it the server was down. And the backup was not for beginners.

  18. I expect to do some business in Europe and need to comply with GDPR. Do you is there something in the program that will make that quick and simple? I’m in the early stages of settling up the business and want to build in compliance. I expect something like GDPR will come to pass in the fairly near future, so it can’t hurt to be ready.

    I appreciate your assistance!


    Jim Johnson

  19. I did not have a good experience with backup buddy. I had been making backups for years without having to use a restore.
    This week i went to move the site to a new host and it failed miserably.
    Problems with the database access.
    No timely help available.
    I found all in one migration worked for me.

  20. I really must choose a backup plan and get it into place. I’m leaning toward VaultPress. I already have Jetpack installed on my site. This might be a dumb question, but I’m a little confused by the statement that one needs a website for it to work. Does that include my self-hosted website?

  21. Hello,

    We Follow WP-beginner from these type of words.

    “We use VaultPress for two main reasons. It is extremely easy to use, and it offers real-time incremental backups. ”

    In last year i commented here also, On that time, our website db storage as 250 GB,now 1.5 TB.
    we following Vaultpress with jetpack premium . It is simple & real-time time backup.

    Thanks WP-beginner suggesting best Apps in industry.


  22. I am looking for a back-up solution for a very large real estate site with MLS/RETs integration that has a user friendly restore feature. Which of these backup solutions mentioned in this article would work. I used Duplicator Pro, but it failed to restore a site I had created and I had to completely redo the site. The backup that was with the Host Service was an epic fail! Looking for advice so this never happens to me again! Thank you.

  23. Hi there :)
    I’m looking into a WP backup plugin able to copy data files to FTP without using ZIP (or make separate archive file) + able to backup my parent/root folder of the domain (as WP has been installed in its own folder.

    Problem is that my hosting solution returns error message around ZIP (“too large file”).

    Thanks for any information you can share :)

  24. Can anyone tell me when updraft free version runs it auto backup? It appears to me from the couple of sites I have installed it on, it runs the AUTO backup at the sametime each day you installed it.

    So if you installed it 11am then it will run the next day at 11am?

    Anyone know if this is true?

      • @Support – thank you – but that setting section doesn’t allow us to set our own time to run. If I want it to run in the middle of the night using the (FREE Version) I have to stay till then and activate the plugin.

        • Hi Ray,

          We took another look and you are right. It allows you to set the frequency of backups like (12 hrs, daily, weekly, etc) but not the exact time when you want backups to run. For that, you will need premium version.

  25. updraft plus memory exhaust problem. Tried adding 256M in php.ini and wp-config.fp as advised by wp support but problem not solved. What is another best free plugin?

    • Perhaps you have a site that’s very big on a server with low resources? Or somehow your server is already overloaded.

      UpdraftPlus chunks the backup to make it unlikely to run out of server resources. So I’d expect you’ll also get the problems with other plugins.

      Keep trying to resolve it with UpdraftPlus support.

      • My site is very small and newly started in sep. with other plugins not facing that problem. Contacted UpDraftplus support on WordPress but they could not solve the problem. TThey replied on twitter to make 256 or 512M in wp_config.fp. I did that in wp_config.fp and php.ini but not success. Which free version plugin is alternative and best?

  26. There is a much greater chance that Backup Buddy will abort than it will run. Any little thing will prevent it from running, like if the cat sneezes too loudly.

    • Funny but misleading… I’ve used it for years on hundreds of websites without the slightest problem.

  27. updraftplus or wp-dbmanager is better choice? Is it necessary to use plugin for backup when cpanel backup is available?

    • Hi Mathukutty,

      With cPanel you will have to manually create the backup. These backup plugins will allow you to automate the process and save backups on cloud storage.


  28. I have repeatedly tried to back up my blog, using BackWPup 3.4.1; A project of Inpsyde GmbH
    [INFO] WordPress

    But I always get this email, please can you help and advice

    ERROR: Backup archive too big to be sent by email!
    [01-Sep-2017 04:01:44] ERROR: Job has ended with errors in 3164 seconds. You must resolve the errors for correct execution.


    • The backup it creates is too big to email to you. You’ll need to store and then download it if you want a copy on your computer.

  29. Backup buddy or the win. I’ve been developing a new site for a client for 3 months now. It’s a big site, with hundreds of hours invested and countless customizations. Come to find out one of my developers updated the theme files instead of applying customizations to the child theme so when we upgraded to WP 4.8 all customizations were lost.

    Thankfully, I was able to use the importbuddy tool that comes with backup buddy and had the site restored back to its previous state in less than 10 minutes using a local backup. I was able to sync the offsite backups to my Amazon s3 storage as well. This won’t replace FTP folder backups or database backups through cPanel, but I’ve never felt more confident in a backup tool, and restoring from this was definitely a faster, easier experience than doing so from a manual FTP backup.

  30. Just backup the wordpress folder and dump the database using a cron job and shell script. I wouldn’t trust a plugin for this sort of thing.

  31. You said that Jetpack is required to use Vaultpress. I’ve been using Vaultpress for a couple years now and I do not have Jetpack installed, nor have I ever heard about this before. And it’s backing me up every day.

  32. Thank you for these suggestions! I am attempting BackWPUp on my brand new blog! We’ll see how it goes… appreciate so many options listed! Hoping to backup to my email but really I don’t know whether thats the best idea. Anyone have a suggestion for the best place to back up a brand new site?

    • After trying many and getting frustrated with the complex processes I’ve settled on Updraft for free and then if you really want super easy and quick then try managewp’s backup and clone service. For $2 I reckon it’s a smashing good service to migrate a site or for off site backups. I have no affiliation to managewp. They just have the easiest backup solution out of all we’ve ever tried. It’s backup or migrat migration takes a few minutes after clicking one or two buttons in the dashboard. But having said that, we’ve not tried Securi.

  33. Ha !

    I have just done a restore using BackupBuddy – the ImportBuddy section.

    What rubbish !

    It has taken 26 hours, yes 26 hours to restore a simple woocommerce site with 5460 products roughly. And then it crashed !!

    FATAL PHP ERROR: type => 1
    message => Maximum execution time of 120 seconds exceeded
    file => C:\Inetpub\vhosts\\httpdocs\importbuddy\classes\wp-db.php
    line => 1823

    So no soft-landing or message to say restart or whatever. No mention of how to continue if that is at all possible. But just a Fatal termination. After 26 hours !

    This would be a joke if it wasn’t so serious.

    It’s easy to Backup, but obviously when it comes to actually needing to do a Restore – it’s a big Fail to BackupBuddy. Pathetic !!

  34. I installed the free UpdraftPlus plugin on WordPress. I followed the instructions to connect it with my Dropbox, but when I clicked on the link that should have taken me to Dropbox to log in, I got a blank screen. When I went back, that link was gone. According to the Updraft Plus website, that link should still be there in case I ever need to re-authenticate, but it isn’t there. The “Store at:” field isn’t there either. Any ideas? (I tried using BackWPup instead, but the setup was a bit too complicated for me.)

  35. Hello bro,

    my website is loaded with windows,android,ios apps with an storage of 250Gb , i want to purchase Premium vaultpress i.e 9$ . that is enough. or i want to buy 29$ plan. please suggest this .

  36. I used to LOVE Backup Buddy but in the past year it has gone way down hill. I can’t get it to work now on any of my 15+ WordPress sites. And their Stash Live service is a joke. It hasn’t worked since day one. The support at Backup Buddy isn’t that great either. It takes them a couple days to get back to you and when they do they just tell you to contact your web host to have various things done so the “cron job” can work properly. No thank you.

    I’ve come to my wits end with Backup Buddy (which led me to this article for alternatives). I’m going to try Updraft Plus. Thanks!


    • Thanks for that Travis – exactly what I needed to hear. Used to use them back in the day and theought Id try again as they are doing a 50% off but too many similar user complaints. Whats working for you now?

    • As a long time BackupBuddy user, I find myself looking for alternatives. Since they were recently acquired by LiquidWeb, their pricing for subscription renewals no longer supports the generous discounts they provided in the past to loyal customers. I will no longer continue with a company that drops its long-time customers so callously.

      • Oh wow, now I understand why my BackupBuddy has been failing lately. I also have used them for over 6 years and have all my sites with them without issues (15+), but the last client just didn’t want to upload. I took it for a plugin conflict and used WPManage to create backups. My subscription is up in the summer so I will keep my eye open for a better solution

  37. Ok here we are. I accidently deleted some important files from my site. The site no longer worked, but I had no fear UNTIL the directory where the backups were stored was deleted. HOW??? DAMN
    Now I use Duplicator Pro
    I store my backups off site in Google Drive. Duplicator Pro was so easy to setup, it great. After rebuilding the entire site, pissed off as hell. I tested the entire process of re-installing a backup. LESSON TEST YOUR BACKUPS…

    Duplicator Pro is my tested choice.

  38. I’m in complete agreement with Luis (posted Jan 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm)

    After having BackupBuddy fail so many times during backups, I gave UpdraftPlus a try and so far I am very happy with it.

    Connecting it to my DropBox was also super easy.

    The number of settings in BackupBuddy will drive you nuts…

    A better way for any Backup Plugin would be a drop-down that would let you choose your Host from a list hosting companies (At least from the top 20 or 30) and then apply the settings accordingly.

    BackupBuddy in No way should be number 1 in this list… I know and many others know the nightmares that comes with this plugin.

    How in the world could it be number 1 here?

  39. After having BackupBuddy fail so many times during backups, I gave UpdraftPlus a try and so far I am very happy with it.

    Connecting it to my DropBox was also super easy.

  40. I’m afraid there’s nothing “beginner” about using these plugins. I’m trying to use Updraft with OneDrive but the integration process is way beyond my pay grade.

    • @Gail – Yes, I hear you. I have OneDrive and Google Drive, and (for me) they were quite difficult. Actually they were virtually impossible (for me)
      So, what I did was, I connected to Dropbox to test it out – Wow!! Could not be easier or simpler. It was so easy, I have left them all (various clients) at Dropbox.

      I use UpdraftPlus connected with MainWP for complete unattended backup and plugin updates.

      Try it, see how you go.

  41. I’ve used quite a few of these over the years.

    The best solution in my opinion is Updraft Premium. It is reliable, restores accurately and is pretty straightforward to use.

Leave A Reply

Thanks for choosing to leave a comment. Please keep in mind that all comments are moderated according to our comment policy, and your email address will NOT be published. Please Do NOT use keywords in the name field. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation.