Let’s say disaster strikes your website. You could get in touch with your hosting company if your plan includes regular backups. But it might not be enough.
Think about it:
There is any number of reasons your site could end up lost, damaged, or stolen, and it’s up to you to restore it as quickly as possible. By owning the process of backing up your site, you can set things right a lot quicker than if you rely on the WordPress community to lend their advice or wait for your hosting company to help. This is not one of those things where you have time to spare.
WordPress outlines a number of ways in which you can backup your site in its Codex. Today, however, we’re going to focus on how to automate this process by using, of course, WordPress plugins.
Whether it’s a security breach, user error, or something else entirely, a downed website is no good. So, your best bet in keeping your site safe is to always be ready to recover from that potential disaster with a backup. By using a high-quality backup plugin, you can take control of how quickly and efficiently that happens.
Before we dive in, a quick plug for WPMU DEV’s cloud backups. Every member gets 10GB of free cloud storage, which you can use to backup your websites.
And if you have a lot of websites and need more storage, just click “Add Storage” to upgrade to one of our paid backup plans.
Why do we offer backups for members? Because having website backups is a no-brainer, really – you should always be ready for the unexpected, whether you need to recover quickly after accidentally deleting a file, experience hardware failure or you get hacked.
It’s recommended you keep at last three backups of each of your websites from the past three weeks. Currently, when members hit 100% of their 10GB quota, their oldest backups are routinely deleted to make room for new backups that are created. So if you are backing up multiple websites with large files, you can quickly run out of space and lose key backups if you don’t have enough storage.
Here are the 7 best WordPress backup plugins compared:
Every WordPress site needs a comprehensive security plan. And every security plan needs to include a reliable backup solution. Today, I’ve given you 7 of the best backup plugins for WordPress.
But which one is right for you? Well, most of these come with a free version that you can try out, though that’s not always an accurate reflection of what you’re really getting since they’re not supported and tend to only handle the backup part of the backup/restore formula you really need.
So, here is what I recommend: