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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 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.

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  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.

      Admin

  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
    Josef

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

      Admin

  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.

      Admin

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