The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Backups

Do you ever worry about losing the data or content on your WordPress website? Because that’s definitely something that keeps me up at nigth! Whether it’s from a malicious attack or human error it’s definitely something that keeps me up at night!

That’s why today, we’ll be breaking down the different methods for backing up your WordPress website so that you never have to worry about losing your precious data. I will go through a few ways in which you can do this and recommend how I do it, so read on to see which works best for your website!

Introduction

Assuming you’re starting from scratch, the thought of backing up your WordPress website can be a daunting one. There are lots of moving parts to consider—files, databases, plugins, themes, and user-generated content. But we promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds 🙂

What is a WordPress Website Backup?

A WordPress website backup is a copy of your site’s files and databases that you can restore from if your site ever crashes or becomes compromised. Think of it as an insurance policy for your website.

There are two main ways to backup a WordPress site: manual backups and automatic backups. With a manual backup, you’re responsible for backing up your site yourself using FTP or a similar method. This requires some technical knowledge and can be time-consuming.

With an automatic backup solution, everything is taken care of for you. All you need to do is set up the plugin or service and it will handle the rest. This is by far the easiest way to keep your WordPress site backed up, but it sometimes does come at a cost (usually around $5/month).

Whether you choose manual or automatic backups, the most important thing is that you have a plan in place to keep your site files safe.

Why Backup your WordPress Site?

There are many reasons why you should have a backup of your WordPress website. THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE is that it provides you with a way to restore your site if something goes wrong. Whether it’s a hacker attack, a server crash, or simply user error, having a backup can save you a lot of time and frustration.

Honestly, I backup all my website data just for the peace of mind, which is a pretty good reason too! Knowing that I have a recent backup of my site definitely helps me sleep better at night!

Finally, some website hosting providers require that you have a backup before they will provide support in the event of an issue with your site. So even if you don’t think you need one, it’s always good to have one on hand.

Now that we’ve covered some of the reasons why you should have a backup of your WordPress site, let’s take a look at some of the best methods for backing up your site.

Different Backup Solutions

In this article, we’ll compare the best plugins for backing up your WordPress site so you can choose the best option for your needs. Some popular options include:

1. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular backup plugins for WordPress. There is a free version available as well as a paid one, but the free version is definitely good enough for most small websites.

You can setup Updraft Plus to create automatic backups of your site on a schedule of your choosing. You can also choose which files and database tables to include in the backup, and where to store the backups (e.g. on your server, Amazon S3, Dropbox, etc.).

Once configured, you can run manual backups at any time with just 2 clicks (really that easy!!) from the UpdraftPlus dashboard. The plugin will also send you a confirmations email you when a backup is complete.

UpdraftPlus makes restoring your WordPress site quick and easy too. Just upload the backup file and click ‘restore’. The plugin will do the rest!

2. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is a powerful plugin that simplifies the process of backing up and restoring your WordPress website. Once activated, simply go to the BackupBuddy menu and follow the straightforward backup wizard!

After configuring your backup settings, such as backup frequency and storage destination, BackupBuddy takes care of the rest. With just a few clicks, you can also initiate a full backup or schedule automatic backups! In the event of a data loss or website issue, BackupBuddy also makes it easy to restore your website from a backup, ensuring a smooth recovery process.

3. VaultPress

VaultPress is a backup plugin created Automattic the company behind WordPress.com, giving it a high level of authenticity and credibility.

VaultPress offers real-time automated backups for your WordPress site. It scans your site for malware and security threats, and also has more advanced functions, such as being able to auto-restore your site if it detects an attack.

Unlike the other 2 options, VaultPress is a subscription-based plugin, and does not have a free version. As of my last assessment, pricing for VaultPress starts at $39 per year for a single site license. A business license that includes support for up to 5 sites is also available at $99 per year.

Pros & Cons to using Plugins

Backup plugins take care of backing up your database and files automatically, typically on a schedule of your choosing (e.g., daily, weekly). The main advantage of this method is convenience – you set it up once and then don’t have to think about it again.

However, the main disadvantage is that if your website is hacked or otherwise damaged, the backup may be compromised as well (because the backup lives on your server as well) – so it’s still important to have an off-site copy that isn’t affected by such problems.

Conclusion

Website backups are an essential part of any business, and WordPress makes it VERY easy to create backups. I hope this article has helped you narrow down your options to the best plugins or methods available! Backing up your website will provide a safety net that no other form of protection can match and will help ensure that your business is always able to recover from any disaster should one occur.

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