Safeguard Your WordPress Sites With These 3 Top FREE Backup Plugins
If you’ve ever spent any time on sites like the Warrior Forum the chances are probably pretty good that you’ve come across a thread or two written by a desperate site owner trying to figure out how they can recover hours, days, weeks or months of work because they’ve somehow lost it and their hosting provider cannot recover it for them.
Its true, I see stuff like this all the time. Truth is anything can happen. It might be a careless mistake of your own where one bad click deletes an entire site or you wake up one morning only to discover that your site was horribly defaced by hackers. I mean, there’s a slew of things that can go wrong at any given time which can be absolutely devastating to your online business and set you back big time!
So in order to prevent you too being a victim of one of these unfortunate scenarios I am going to recommend a few top rated and FREE plugins you can use to easily backup your sites and restore them at a click of a button in most cases.
First on the list to show you is one called Updraft Plus. This one’s really cool and probably my favorite because of all the options you have for backing up and restoring. You can select or deselect database, plugins, themes, uploads and other directories. Not only that but you have a ton of options for where you want to back them up to such as Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP etc. I especially love backing up straight to Dropbox. It links right up to it and shows you within the settings page how much of your space you’ve used up. And if you’re worried about security you have the ability to encrypt your database backups as well so this one pretty much covers all bases. Check it out.
This simplistic plugin is perfect to migrate or clone a site to another location in just a few simple steps. With just a quick you can create a zip package which can then be downloaded. However, the downside to this is that some people may have trouble getting it to work initially and it isn’t the most newbie friendly if you run into issues. Not only that but apparently it may not be friendly to all hosting providers for some reason. Anyhow, you may not have a single issue and the support is good, so feel free to give it a shot if quickly duplicating your sites is something you’re looking to do and I’m sure you’ll be more than pleased!
And last I want to mention BackupWordpress. This is probably the most newbie friendly and no frills backup plugin out of these three. Because it’s so simple it’s pretty much impossible to screw it up. It’s just that you won’t get many of the cool options that say the Updraft Plus plugin gives you for example. However, it will do everything you need by backing up your database and files, scheduled or manually. You can have notifications emailed to you where you can download the backups from if they aren’t too large to mail. Otherwise just get them right from the settings panel. If memory and resources is a concern on your server or hosting environment this one may be just what you need since it probably will use the least amount of resources when doing it’s thing.
So there you have it! 3 excellent FREE options for quickly and effortlessly backing up all your sites so you no longer have any excuse not to back them up on a regular basis or continue to chance an unfortunate mishap of any kind that can result in you losing your hard work, time and money. If you take your business seriously it’s never a great idea to trust that your hosting provider will come through for you if something happens or you could end up being the next person desperately begging for help on the Warrior Forum…so don’t say I didn’t warn ya! 🙂
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences using these plugins or any others as well. I’d love to hear your feedback!
All the best,