Have you been a regular blogger? Now imagine if you were to lose all the data in a blink of the eye? So the best thing one can do if one is using WordPress is to create a backup. WordPress Backups often give us the peace of mind and save us from complex situations where you might get hacked or locked out. There are many free and paid WordPress backup plug-ins which are available and all of them are relatively easy to use.
Thus, this article is going to show the different plug-ins which can be used for creating a backup and also the general guidelines to be followed while backing up a blog.
It is advisable to backup your blog once in every month irrespective of the amount you blog. And a minimum of 3 backups needs to be maintained at a time. These statistics and anti-spam plug-ins consist of huge data since they are constantly gathering lots of information. Thus while backing up make sure to unmark these files as they are not very important. And while auto backups are available, it is generally advisable to manually backup all the files.
Any backup of a WordPress blog can be completed in simple and easy steps. Here is some of the best backup plug-ins available, which can be installed in one’s WordPress blog.
VaultPress is a subscription based service with different plans and pricing. It is automated with cloud computing backup services starting at $5/month. Some of them also come with security scans and it is very easy to use and simple to understand.
- BACKUP BUDDY:
Backup buddy is currently the most popular backup service available in the market. It has various options such as weekly, monthly, and also daily backups. And these are linked to the DropBox, FTP files, where they can be stored and can also be e-mailed to oneself. It is not a subscription based service so it is one of the major advantages of this backup application. Often this is used to move a WordPress to a new host within no time at all.
- UPDRAFT PLUS:
Updraft Plus is another WordPress backup plug-in where one can download the site and store it in a cloud or a computer. It is scheduled with various backups and comes with additional add-ons. Maybe the downside of it can be, the user interface which is cluttered thus making it difficult for beginners to use. But despite these, the plug-ins has a good rating in the plug-ins directory.
- WP-DB BACKUP:
This is a simple, easy-to-use plug-in for WP beginners who do not need constant updates in their blog or has too many images. Ease of use is high and we can schedule backups and restore the database. Most suitable for those who do not have access to PHP My Admin to manually backup the database.
Having said the above, it is clear that each plug-in has its own pros and cons. One needs to study about them carefully and choose those which will suit them best rather than going by ratings.