This goes without saying that “What can go wrong, will go wrong” is true for WordPress too.
If you own a WordPress blog or website, you can be sure of one thing: it can crash or be hacked when you expect less. That’s why, you need to be prepared for this ahead of time!
There are examples of people who installed a new plugin or updated an old one and out of the blue their WordPress websites crashed. They would have been able to restore their blog to look exactly like it was before crashing if they had their website backed up.
Without a regular backup, all the hard work you invest into your blog would go to waste in case of a hacker’s attack or in case your blog crashes due to other reasons. Your best bet against all these scenarios will be to take a regular backup of your WordPress blog’s database. You can do this manually or automatically using a plugin. Taking a backup manually is a good option, but more on that in another post.
In this particular article, we will unleash to you five wonderful plugins that will help you keep your blog up and running without you having to worry about it crashing or getting hacked.
Here are the plugins I chose to present you:
- BackWPup Free
The first plugin that you can use to back up your WordPress blog is BackUpWordPress. The name sais everything.
This plugin is very easy and simple to use and doesn’t request any setup. You can schedule multiple backups with this plugin and each time the backup file will me emailed to you.
BackUpWordPress works great on both Windows and Linux servers.
With the premium version of this plugin, you can store your backups on Google Drive or Dropbox. There are extensions available for these services that you can buy.
One of the best plugins for taking the backup of your WordPress websites is Backup. This plugin helps you backup your blog’s database and other components of your blog, but implies a fairly simple process. All you need to do is to select the folders that you need the backups for (e.g. you may select the themes folder, plugins folder, database backup or full backup). You need to mention the destination for your backup files (you can select FTP, Local or Dropbox). Scheduling your WordPress backup is a breeze too. You can make this plugin perform a backup at regular intervals to ensure the security of your WordPress blog.
Another plugin that can be used to take the backup of a WordPress website is Duplicator. This plugin is not really a backup plugin, it is basically a migratory plugin, but it provides some functionality of taking backups.
This plugin doesn’t offer advanced backup options. There is no option of scheduled backups in this plugin, which could represent a disadvantage, but since it offers both the basic backup and advanced migratory services, it can be very useful.
One of the best and the favorite of most of the WordPress bloggers is BackWPUp. This is a free plugin and really packs a punch.
You can use it to take a backup of almost anything on your WordPress setup. You can back up your database, themes, uploads, plugins and others.
This plugin allows you to save the backup on your email, Dropbox and cloud storage. You can very easily restore your blog with the help of this plugin, in case anything goes wrong.
Another awesome plugin for taking the WordPress backup is Updraft Plus. This plugin helps you save your WordPress backups to Rackspace, Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, FTP and email. Not only these, but this plugin also works with Google Drive, OpenStack, and several other storage solutions.
One of the best things about this plugin is that it offers database encryption which can help you with an added level of security. Another splendid feature is that you can divide your website into smaller archives and this makes the backup process faster. With the help of these smaller archives, you can very easily restore your WordPress website too. The premium version of this plugin also helps you to migrate your website very easily.
With the right plugins installed, you can make your WordPress blog really safe and secure. They can help you stop worrying about any possible attacks on your website and focus on blogging instead. The fact of the matter is that you need to keep taking backups of your WordPress website at regular intervals and keep the backups in many different places. You need to keep the backups on your local machine, your email, Dropbox, Google drive etc. This will help you recover and restore your website easily and swiftly.
Like we mentioned earlier, you can take the backups manually and those work great too, but the best way of taking the backups is certainly through the plugins!
Beside of the plugins I mentioned above, there are many others that serve this purpose. Do you have any other suggestions? Which one do you use?