10 WordPress Backup Tools to Protect Your Blog Site

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“I lost all my data” is a phrase that strikes fear into almost every business owner’s heart. It is partly because we feel one another’s pain when such an event occurs, but it also causes panic when so few of us back up our data regularly.


Since there are so many small business owners using WordPress as their main websites, we thought it would be prudent to cover some tools that protect your WordPress content and data. Depending on your Web host or server configuration, you may already have a process for daily or frequent backups, but I would suggest testing them to make sure they are covering all the important parts of the WordPress structure.

Almost all of these have to be loaded into WordPress from within WordPress. Go to the Plugins section in the WordPress Dashboard and select Add New, then type the term “backup.” You will get 15 pages of results with the word backup in them. I did a short screencast tutorial to cover the basics. Each of these plugins does largely the same thing, so the descriptions on each will be short. There are dozens of backup tools that work with WordPress; the 10 highlighted here were highly rated or had tons of downloads (implying that users liked or trusted the plugin application).

IMPORTANT NOTE: If I was concerned about figuring out how to back up my WordPress site, as a solo business owner with no tech support, I would create a second site to test on. Many people call this a sandbox. It is often a subdomain of your main site, within your Web hosting server, but since it is a separate testing site you can mess it up and not worry. In this sandbox site, I would load up a few posts, a few pages and some images, and then try out these plugins. Then, if it doesn’t work as expected, you can simply repair the sandbox site or start another one. If you have tech support, then you can simply have them back up your site with one of these tools.

Here are 10 plugins that you can easily add to back up your blog posts, pages and overall site. Seven are free; three are paid.

FREE WordPress Backup Tools

Simple WordPress Backup promises a one-click backup process. Its name tells the story. Simple. 4 ratings, 10,013 downloads.

WP S3 Backups must be run on a Linux server. Other than that, this plugin will let you easily and automatically back up important parts of your WordPress install to the Amazon S3 Cloud. 10 ratings, 4,031 downloads.

Online Backup for WordPress allows you to easily back up your entire WordPress database to your email, desktop or free 50 MiB on this plugin creator’s secure server. 11 ratings, 18,501 downloads.

BackUpWordPress offers a simple automated backup of your WordPress powered website. It will back up your entire site including your database and all your files. 65 ratings, 87,798 downloads.

WP-DBManager is probably one of the most popular backup tools. It allows you to optimize a database, repair a database, back up a database, restore a database and more. It supports automatic scheduling of backups and optimizing of databases. 181 ratings, 358,594 downloads.

XCloner – Backup and Restore is designed for PHP/Mysql websites. Many WordPress installs reside in one of these types of structures. It works as a native plugin for WordPress and Joomla. 27 ratings, 31,294 downloads.

WP-DB-Backup has the highest number of downloads of any backup tool. WP-DB-Backup allows you to easily back up your core WordPress database tables as well as other tables in the same database. 384 ratings, 938,610 downloads.

PAID WordPress Backup Tools

myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin is an affordable online backup service which enables you to securely back up your WordPress site files and mySQL database tables using their service. 6 ratings, 1,511 downloads. Here is their public website page with pricing details.

VaultPress is the official Automattic (the makers of WordPress) backup service. This one sentence explains their approach: “In the event of an issue, you can request complimentary concierge service from the VaultPress Safekeepers to assist you with your restore needs.” Pricing starts at $15/mo.

Backup Buddy offers an all-in-one solution for backup, restore, and migration. Back up to your server, Amazon S3 or FTP account, or send backups by email. Pricing starts at $45/yr.

In addition, here are help files from within the WordPress Codex (FAQ type pages) for the tech-minded do-it-yourself types. Well, for anyone who isn’t a tech genius, really. These are the how-to pages direct from WordPress: Backing up your Database and Backing up your WordPress files.

Let us know in the comments what tools or services you are using to back up and protect your WordPress (or website) data.

Via smallbiztrends

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