wordpress backup plugins

In this article, we compare the best backup plugins for WordPress. What are the pros and cons, and which comes out the best? We compare both free and paid versions.

Criteria for good WordPress backup plugins

The backup plugins for WordPress that we compare in this article are all well-matched. At the same time, there are major differences. We describe the advantages and disadvantages for each plugin and situations in which each plugin comes into its own.

The criteria for a good backup plugin depend on the purpose you have with the plugin. Do you want to backup one website with the plugin or many websites? Do you also want to be able to move your website with the plugin, or only restore backups? Are you talking about large websites (+ 1 GB) or smaller websites? And finally: what should it cost?

We have taken these criteria into account by listing the pros and cons of each plugin. This way you can decide for yourself which plugin best meets your needs.

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WordPress backup plugins

1. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy has been around for a long time in WordPress land and is well known, but took it up a notch early this year when they came up with Stash Live. With Stash Live, backups are no longer stored on the server of your website, but on the servers of BackupBuddy itself (‘remote backup’).

This has made the plugin a lot more stable and even large websites on cheap servers can be backed up without any problems. Many web servers crash when they have to back up themselves, and this complex problem has been tackled.

Stash Live is easy to set up and works instantly. From the cheapest version of BackupBuddy, Stash Live is included, so you can always try it out. Furthermore, BackupBuddy can also be used with all the backup functions you could wish for: local backup, backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Advantages BackupBuddy:

  • The unlimited lifetime license is relatively cheap
  • Stash Live is set up lightning-fast
  • Stash Live also backs up large sites without any problems
  • Free 1 GB storage for remote backups
  • Extra support: Lots of video tutorials

Cons:

  • Support via tickets sometimes takes a while.

2. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus offers a lot of backup functionality in its free basic version, making it one of the most popular backup solutions for WordPress. With small add-ons, you can also expand your plugin for little money with, for example, a remote storage solution (with which you can store your backups, for example, Dropbox or Google Drive).

UpdraftPlus does not save your WordPress website in one large zip file but separates the backup into several files. For example, the WordPress core, your plugins, themes, and the database are stored in separate zip files. Unlike BackupBuddy, UpdraftPlus does not offer remote backup.

Benefits UpdraftPlus:

  • The basic version is completely free to use
  • Backups are split into several zip files
  • Handy add-ons can be purchased separately from approx.
  • the full plugin can be used without limitation

Disadvantages UpdraftPlus:

  • It takes a while to set everything up properly
  • The free version does not include remote storage (Dropbox, etc.)
  • Possible complications with larger websites
  • No lifetime deal for the full package

3. Blog Vault

Blogvault offers – just like BackupBuddy – a remote backup solution, which makes this plugin also very suitable for large websites. Blogvault is very stable and we have never had a WordPress website that we haven’t been able to back up with Blogvault.

Blogvault also offers a very simple migration solution, making it our most favorite migration plugin. However, Blogvault is relatively pricey and offers few expansion options. For example, you cannot save your backups with Blogvault to Google Drive or Dropbox. Even if you want to backup many websites at the same time, Blogvault can quickly become expensive.

Benefits Blog Vault:

  • Very stable remote backup solution
  • Easy to install
  • Also very simple migration tool
  • Good service and support

Blog Vault Disadvantages:

  • Plugin costs per year per website
  • No cost-effective lifetime solutions
  • No own storage connection possible (Dropbox, etc.)

4. Duplicator

With Duplicator you can make free backups of your WordPress website, but also initiate migration of your website. The plugin is user-friendly and certainly a great solution for simple WordPress websites.

In our experience, however, the plugin does not work on all servers and certainly does cause some problems with larger websites.

For little money, you can purchase a paid version of Duplicator, which makes it possible to save your backups to remote storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Advantages Duplicator:

  • Free basic version
  • Easy in use
  • Also offers migration options
  • Pro version costs per year for 3 sites
  • Unlimited license per year

Cons Duplicator:

  • The free version does not include remote storage (Dropbox, etc.)
  • The free version does not include scheduled backups
  • Possible complications with larger websites
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WordPress backup plugins

5. BackWPup

BackWPup is a reliable free WordPress backup plugin that has been around for years. The plugin is easy to use and offers useful extras in the basic version, such as backing up to remote storage (such as Dropbox and Google Drive).

For backing up a lot of WordPress sites, BackWPup is not very attractive because there are no unlimited/lifetime benefit deals (unless the free version is enough for you). The plugin does not offer any useful migration options, so moving a website quickly with BackWPup is not an option.

Advantages BackWPup:

  • Free basic version
  • Backup to remote storage in the basic version (Dropbox, etc.)
  • Easy to set up
  • User friendly
  • Clear documentation and support

Cons:

  • Pro version costs a year but doesn’t offer much more
  • Possible complications with larger websites
  • No handy migration options
  • No unlimited/lifetime deals

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6. Akeeba

Akeeba is not a WordPress plugin, but it is a very handy backup tool if you can handle FTP. Without requiring access to the wp-admin (the WordPress backend), you can still back up an entire WordPress website with this tool. Akeeba is free to download and also offers migration options. With the paid version you can also have your backups written to, for example, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Benefits of Akeeba:

  • Well-automated process
  • Also offers migration options
  • Own control over the zip files
  • Affordable full version

Cons of Akeeba:

  • FTP knowledge required
  • Possible complications with larger websites
  • The free version does not include remote storage (Dropbox, etc.)

 

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