Imagine you have a blog or an e-commerce website and suddenly one day you lose all your data. You try to figure out ways to recover it but all in vain. It is then you realize you never took a backup. Backups are essential to ensuring the retrieval of your website data.
Backing up your data manually is alright when you have just begun but, as your website grows and the data increases, you would need external help. There are various solutions available online for safeguarding your WordPress website. One solution is to choose a Managed WordPress Hosting provider who would take timely backups of your website. Now irrespective of whether or not you choose WordPress Hosting, installing WordPress backup plugins and tools for your website is important.
Before we delve deeper into how to take backups, let us first see some of the common reasons why WordPress backups are necessary:
- Hardware or software failure is one of the most common cause for data loss
- Your website is hacked, or attacked by a malware. You either lose your data or your hosting service provider shuts down your website
- Your site goes down because of some coding error. You can neither debug the error nor retrieve the data
- The data center your website is hosted is breached resulting in loss of data
One way to retrieve the data is to install backup tools like Codeguard that not only takes backup of your website but also help in restoring your website easily.
However, if you own a WordPress website taking backups is simplified further. All you as a website admin need to do is, download a WordPress backup plugin and you’re sorted. WordPress plugins are easy to install and are readily available on WordPress.org as well as various Marketplaces.
Let us check out the 3 best WordPress backup plugins for your website.
Launched in the year 2010, BackupBuddy is a premium backup plugin from iThemes that allows you to backup, restore and move your WordPress website. It is one of the best WordPress backups plugins available. It is easy to configure and integrate on the WordPress dashboard and allows users to store their backups remotely on BackupBuddy Stash.Some of the other services on which it helps you store your backup are Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud etc.
- Has a flexible backup schedule and enables you to set up backups on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
- Since this is a premium plugin, you get 1GB free storage space in BackupBuddy Stash.
- Allows you to manage upto 10 WordPress website from the iThemes Sync dashboard.
BackWPup is free backup plugins for WordPress, with over 600,000 active installations and more than 6 million downloads. It allows users to backup their complete WordPress website and store it on Google Drive, Amazon S3, etc on the cloud or even their computers. Since the backup download is in the form of a single .zip file it is easier to restore.
- It takes complete website database backup, as well as, file backup and of all the plugins installed. With the Pro version, you can even check and repair your WordPress database.
- BackWPup allows you to take a daily or weekly backup so that your website backup is always up-to-date.
- Apart from .zip it even allows you to store your backup in the following formats: .tar, tar.gz, or tar.bz2.
VaultPress is a backup and security scanning service and has recently become a part of the JetPack community. If you have a JetPack subscription plan then you can easily use VaultPress. It is another WordPress backup plugin that allows you to backup your entire website including dashboard setting on a daily basis. VaultPress also has an active customer service that helps users to repair and restore their WordPress site.
- VaultPress provides one-click restoration and repairs from both the VaultPress as well as WordPress dashboard.
- It is one of the best WordPress backup plugins as it allows you to not only backup your data but also scans it for malicious entities like malware, vulnerable codes etc.
- It provides real-time cloud backup solution that stores your data for one month.
Choosing the best WordPress backup plugin is crucial. However, having a plugin is more important as lack of backup can prove to be fatal for your website. While backups protect you in case of a contingency, it is also wise to secure your website from external threats at the same time. Check out this post on how to secure your WordPress website. Also, ResellerClub’s WordPress Hosting offers both security and backup solutions integrated with the product and we encourage you to check it out and get in touch with us in case you have any questions.
Do drop in your comments below and keep your website safe and up to date! Until we meet again.