Choosing the Right WordPress Backup Plugin

/Choosing the Right WordPress Backup Plugin

Choosing the Right WordPress Backup Plugin

Choosing plugins for your WordPress website can be a really big challenge.

Even though WordPress is community driven, plugin in creators don’t always have the whole community in mind.

This is a good thing, since so many different type of people utilize WordPress to make their websites shine. But it also increases the amount of time it takes to get the right plugin that will serve your needs.

Choosing the right plugin for your backup needs is all about you.

So here, I am going to spell out for you what I consider when choosing a plugin for me, someone who uses WordPress for personal and business uses.

Here are 5 things to look for when choosing a backup plugin.

Freemium

Half Price is Nice, but Free is for Me. My number one criteria for trying out a backup plugin is cost. I admire Free to start or Freemium products. Those that don’t at least give you a free taste will get rejected quick. I’m not being cheap, but I think as a community I shouldn’t have to pay for everything. I won’t criticize the cost of a Premium item offered here.

Complete Backup

Having some of the files is cool, but I want all the files. This is for sure a web developer thing, because the most important part of WordPress is the database and the wp-content items. Everything else can be downloaded again from WordPress.org unless you’ve made some custimizations.

Scheduling

Every backup plugin has to have a scheduling feature. Even if it’s not free. I can’t possibly be able to remember to backup the website manually. It won’t happen and days will go by, then months, then disaster and I will be stuck.

Cloud Uploading

I have been hurt too many times by hard drives failing. Such pain that I have endured that I have backup drives for my backup drives. Using Cloud storage is key to covering all your bases and just in case a hurricane, snow storm, tornado, or heat wave comes your way, you will be covered. This can be to any cloud solution like DropBox, AWS, OneDrive or some other.

Restoring Backups

When disaster finally hits, I am looking for a backup plugin that will make restoring my website easy. Also, I want a plugin that will make it easy to move my current website to another server. I recently experienced a change in an old GoDaddy web hosting setup that limited my PHP version to 5.6. If I wanted higher, then I would have to move to a newer, cpanel controlled server.

*Please understand that the review of these backup plugins were totally based on my wants and desires. Use the information to either check off what you want or to develop your own criteria of what you desire in a backup plugin. My review is not comprehensive (you’ll see I skip one altogether).

How I Choose the Backup Plugins to Review

I have over my lifetime as a web developer went for the easy Google search term: Best WordPress Backup Plugins. Then clicked on four or five links and harvested information.

But this time, I wanted to put myself as a person utilizing WordPress to help me find a backup plugin. So I went into the WordPress Admin area and clicked on Plugins > Add New.

Thanks to the new search box, before I could finish typing backup, a few already populated the results area.

Of the 1,442 returned options I decided to go with the Top Six.

I figured that the top results were there because of the amount of Active Installation, Compatibility with my WordPress version, Ratings Stars and Last Updated factors. I think those are good factors since i don’t want a plugin that no one is using, won’t work with my WordPress version, no one likes and hasn’t had a security or feature change in a long time.

These are the 6 that came up and the order they came up in (your results may vary):

  1. Updraft WordPress Backup Plugin
  2. BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin
  3. WordPress Backup and Migrate Plugin – Backup Guard
  4. Jetpack by WordPress.com
  5. Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin
  6. All-in-One WP Migration

Two looked familiar to me, one was my go to backup plugin so I was happy, which was #2 (I will go over that one last). Let’s get started.

Updraft WordPress Backup Plugin

From that same Plugins search results, installed and activated Updraft Plus.

The installation and activation was fast and within a few seconds I was starting a backup. I didn’t initially set up a cloud service because I wanted to see where the backup would be stored if I chose to use my server as the destination. The plugin created a new folder in my Uploads folder and stored the backups there.

Let’s put this plugin through my criteria:

#1 Freemium: Yes!

#2 Complete Backup: No, for Free version. Yes, for paid version! I thought this not so cool, but as a developer I don’t customize WordPress Core and can re-download any version from WordPress.org so not a big deal breaker.

#3 Scheduling: No, for Free, Yes for paid!

#4 Cloud Uploading: Yes, for Free, but only one service at a time!

#5 Restoring Backups: Yes, for Free!

When I went to uninstall the plugin, the backups were not automatically deleted from my server (those I backed up to the server). I realized that I had to manually delete them from the plugin’s settings. However, even after I re-installed the plugin and deleted the backups, when I deleted the plugin again, the folder for the backups still remained in my Uploads folder.

WordPress Backup and Migrate Plugin – Backup Guard

This plugin also installed and activated quickly. This plugin had a more polished interface. I was able to backup and download the backup quickly.

Let’s put this plugin through my criteria:

#1 Freemium: Yes, just the very basic is free!

#2 Complete Backup: Yes, for Free! What I didn’t like was that the archive was in their own achiving version .sgbp a separate extractor was needed: https://backup-guard.com/downloads/

#3 Scheduling: No, for Free, Yes for paid!

#4 Cloud Uploading: No, for Free, Yes for paid!

#5 Restoring Backups: Yes, for Free! There are also migration type options.

Jetpack by WordPress.com*

After installing Jetpack and signing in to WordPress.com I saw that the backup feature of this multi-featured plugin from Automattic was not included with any kind of free version. Since this violated entirely my criteria I did not review this plugin and deactivated and uninstalled. There should be a free version of sorts, but I think because this is a bundle of items, they offer free items of other things.

#1 Freemium: No!

#2 Complete Backup: Did not test.

#3 Scheduling: Did not test.

#4 Cloud Uploading: Did not test.

#5 Restoring Backups: Did not test.

*Why include Jetpack by WordPress.com if you didn’t test it? I wanted to use the Plugin Search area as my choice for selecting a backup plugin, so it came up in the top 6 results. I feel that if you are super popular and have a place in the top 6 for the Keyword Search: backup, you should have a free version in a community driven plugin repository. Maybe it’s just my opinion.

Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin

This plugin installed and activated as easy as others. The interface was pretty plain and easy to understand. The process is spelled out in 3 steps. This plugin created a folder at the top of my WordPress root and stored the backup in that folder. I thought that was strange. There is an option to delete the folder upon uninstall and delete of plugin that’s already checked for you and it did just that when I uninstalled.

#1 Freemium: Yes!

#2 Complete Backup: Yes.

#3 Scheduling: No, for Free. Yes, for paid.

#4 Cloud Uploading: No, for Free. Yes, for paid.

#5 Restoring Backups: Yes, for Free.

All-in-One WP Migration

This plugin installed and activated as easy as others. My eyes opened wide when I saw the first input box say “Find and Replace in the database.” This is a really nice feature if it works properly. This would save me time, as I sometimes use a separate plugin or manually do some SQL Queries to accomplish this.

#1 Freemium: Yes!

#2 Complete Backup: No. It doesn’t look like it does WordPress Core, but the way to view the back up was a bit extra since they use their own archive software .wpress. They provider a way to look into the file structure here: https://traktor.servmask.com . This may be important since this is also more of a migration tool than a daily backup plugin.

#3 Scheduling: No, for Free. Yes, for paid.

#4 Cloud Uploading: No, for Free. Yes, for paid.

#5 Restoring Backups: Yes, for Free.

BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin

I saved this for last because it is the backup plugin that I have the most experience in. It is also the one that I think takes more time to set up. The initial job creation takes a few minutes more and if you want some free scheduling, it takes a little more work. I have a tutorial here: Integrating EasyCron and Dropbox with BackWPup.

#1 Freemium: Yes!

#2 Complete Backup: Yes. This plugin copies everything within the root folder, including any other folders not related to WordPress so make sure you filter out those other folders.

#3 Scheduling: Kinda, for Free. You can use another service called EasyCron to schedule your backups and BackWPup integrates with it. Not a quick and simple solution, but workable. I have a tutorial for Integrating EasyCron and Dropbox with BackWPup.

#4 Cloud Uploading: Yes, for Free. Yes, for paid. You get with free: Dropbox, Rackspace, SugarSync, AWS S3 Services, and Microsoft Azure. Premium adds Google Drive and Amazon Glacier

#5 Restoring Backups: No. The Restore option is currently in Beta and may more than likely be a Premium feature. If I’m during a full restore, I delete all the WordPress files and folders, I then upload the zip and then expand it. I don’t always do every folder or file and sometimes it’s just the database I restore. As a developer, this is one option that a restore option would be nice but not a deal breaker.

Other ways!

In conclusion, these plugins provide a great service and a variety of features. I definitely like Freemiums, but I also believe that there is value in paying as well.

There are many other ways to get a backup. There are tons more plugins, WordPress managed hosting has some utilities and even ManageWP.com has a dashboard that manages your WordPress website and gives you a Free, once a month backup or a $1 a month daily back up. Whatever you choose, just remember that the plugin has to serve what you need and always make backups.

Updraft

Freemium
Complete Backup
Scheduling
Cloud Uploading
Restore Backups

BackWPup

Freemium
Complete Backup
Scheduling
Cloud Uploading
Restore Backups

WordPress Backup & Migrate

Freemium
Complete Backup
Scheduling
Cloud Uploading
Restore Backups

Jetpack

Freemium
Complete Backup
Scheduling
Cloud Uploading
Restore Backups

Duplicator

Freemium
Complete Backup
Scheduling
Cloud Uploading
Restore Backups

All-in-One WP Migration

Freemium
Complete Backup
Scheduling
Cloud Uploading
Restore Backups
By | 2018-04-18T01:01:25+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Plugin, Reviews|0 Comments

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